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Women's Lacrosse Heads to Gettysburg for NCAA Regionals

Women's Lacrosse Heads to Gettysburg for NCAA Regionals

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The nationally-ranked No. 15 Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team has advanced to the regional round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships and will face No. 6 Amherst (16-2) on Saturday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. The winner advances to the regional championship on Sunday, May 20 (2:30 p.m.) against either No. 3 Gettysburg (17-2) or No. 5 Mary Washington (17-4). All three games will take place on the campus of Gettysburg College, with the winner of the regional advancing to the Final Four.

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AT A GLANCE: NO. 15 WESLEYAN (12-6) – NESCAC At-Large Bid
Schedule * Roster * Stats

  • Wesleyan has qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and earned its first-ever postseason victory with a 13-10 win over No. 13 Messiah in the first round. The following day, the Cardinals defeated No. 18 St. John Fisher, 11-6, to set a program-record 12 wins.
  • Eleven of Wesleyan's 18 games have been against top-25 opponents. The Cardinals are 5-6 against the nation's best, with a 3-0 record in neutral site games and 5-4 mark on the road.
  • Wesleyan has relied on its defense all season, allowing just 8.89 goals per game while scoring 10.17.
  • Offensively, the Cardinals are led by sophomore midfielder Abby Manning, junior midfielder Abigail Horst, and junior attack Caitlin Wood. Manning leads the team in points (49) and assists (13), while Horst has a team-high 38 goals and Wood ranks third on the team with 35 points.
  • Defensively, All-Region selections Caroline Sgaglione '19, Sara Bennett '18 and sophomore goalie Allegra Grant headline the unit. Sgaglione leads the team in draw controls (59) and is tied for the team-lead in caused turnovers alongside Amy Breitfeller '19 and Jordan Ansell '21 with 19 each. Grant has started all 18 games and has logged 1082:15 minutes between the posts. She's been terrific all season, allowing just 8.87 goals and saving 52.2-percent of shots she's faced.
  • Wesleyan and Amherst met earlier this season, with the Mammoths claiming an 8-6 win at home.

AT A GLANCE: NO. 6 AMHERST (16-2) – NESCAC At-Large Bid
Schedule * Roster * Stats

  • Earning an at-large bid and first round bye, the Mammoths punched their ticket to third round action with a 10-7 victory over No. 17 Cortland at home on May 13. 
  • Five Mammoths have scored 25-or-more goals this spring, with senior attacker Julia Crerend leading the pack with 52 scores and nine assists for a team-high 61 points. Next on Amherst is Isabelle Sennett with 29 markers, while Claire Dunbar, Katherine Malone and Maia Noyes have all notched 26 scores. Dunbar also leads the team in assists with 31 helpers on the year.
  • Defender Sabrina Solow headlines the Mammoths' defensive unit with a squad-best 48 ground balls and 36 caused turnovers, while Noyes leads Amherst in draw controls with 65.
  • In between the pipes, Talia Land (16-2) has started all 18 games, making 113 saves to own a 7.25 goals against average and a 47.9 save percentage in 1017:25 minutes.
  • Amherst is seeking its second national title in its 13th trip to the national playoffs.

AT A GLANCE: NO. 3 GETTYSBURG (17-2) – Centennial Conference Champions
Schedule * Roster * Stats

  • The Bullets earned an automatic bid with their 11th Centennial Conference championship and hosted first and second round action. Following a first round bye, they defeated Westfield State in the second round, 19-4.
  • Gettysburg is hosting regionals for the second consecutive season and for the 10th time in the last 19 years. The defending national champs posted nine wins over nationally-ranked squads this spring.
  • Steph Colson leads the Bullets in goals with 46, while Katie Landry has dished out a team-high 47 assists and tallied 20 goals for a squad-best 67 points. Katie Willis (43G, 17A), Liza Barr (37G, 13A) and Kerry McKeever (35G, 12A) round out Gettysburg's scoring leaders. 
  • Colson also leads the team in ground balls and draw controls with 43 and 109, respectively, while Brooke Holechek has logged 24 caused turnovers.
  • Starting all 19 contests in net, Bailey Pilder (17-2) has registered 124 saves to boast a 5.48 goals against average and a 62.0 save percentage in 831:47 minutes.

Schedule * Roster * Stats

  • The Eagles, who also earned a first round bye and are representing the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), set a program record in wins with their 18-6 victory over Mount Union in the second round.
  • The Eagles are led by junior Mackenzie Maguire, who has 73 points on 37 goals and 36 assists. Julia Albert has 68 points on a team-high 46 goals and 22 assists, and senior Holly Hudson is the third Eagle with 60-plus points, on 40 goals and 21 assists.
  • Junior All-American goalie Hanna Ashby has returned from injury that kept her out of UMW's first 12 games and has returned to form. She owns a 9.51 goals-against average with 69 saves in nine contests.
  • UMW is making its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and has reached the regional semis for the second time in three years.