MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After a historic regular season, in which the 17th-ranked Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team set program records in overall wins (11) and NESCAC wins (7), the Cardinals return to postseason play for the first time since the 2009 campaign. Wesleyan earned the No. 5 seed in the NESCAC Tournament and will play at fourth-seeded and nationally-ranked No. 6 Colby College Saturday, April 29 at 12 p.m.
Wesleyan and Colby will meet for the second time this season as the Cardinals look to avenge a 12-6 road loss on Sunday, April 2nd. Since then, Wesleyan has won five of its last six games, while the Mules have gone 7-0. The two teams have only met once before in the conference tournament, which happened to be the last time the Cardinals reached the postseason, as Colby won 21-15 in the 2009 quarterfinals.
The fifth-seed is the second-highest seeding for Wesleyan (11-4, 7-3 NESCAC) in the history of the NESCAC Championships – they earned the No. 3 seed in 2007. The Cardinals, led by a talented core of seniors, look to capture their first postseason win in eight appearances. Liana Mathias '17 leads the way with team-highs of 14 assists and 42 points, which rank seventh and ninth in the NESCAC, respectively. Classmates Rachel Aronow and Meredith Smith are second on the team with identical numbers (36 points, 27 goals, nine assists), and freshman Abby Manning sits fourth in points with 35. Mathias and Smith both reached the 100-career point milestone this year as well. On the defensive side, senior goalie Grace McCann ranks second in the league in saves (103) and fifth in save percentage (47.0) in her first season starting between the posts, while sophomore Caroline Sgaglione leads the team and ranks third in the league with 26 caused turnovers. She also ranks sixth in both ground balls (33) and draw controls (43).
Colby (12-3, 8-2 NESCAC) is making its 17th consecutive NESCAC Tournament appearance, and boasts the league's highest scoring offensive with an average of 12.80 goals per game. The Mules dropped three of their first five contests this season, but have won 10 straight and are 10-6 all-time in quarterfinal games. They are led by Lexie Perticone, who ranks fourth in the NESCAC in points (53) and second in assists (22), while Sasha Fritts sits fifth in the league in goals (37). Defensively, goalie Izzy Scribano ranks third in the conference in save percentage (50.9) and fourth in goals-against average (7.08).
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2017 NESCAC WOMEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 29 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Amherst vs. No. 1 Middlebury – 12 p.m.
No. 7 Bowdoin vs. No. 2 Hamilton – 12 p.m.
No. 6 Tufts vs. No. 3 Trinity – 12 p.m.
No. 5 Wesleyan vs. No. 4 Colby – 12 p.m.
Saturday, May 6 at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinal Games – 12 p.m. I 2:30 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Sunday, May 7 at Semifinals Site
Championship Game – 1 p.m.