MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The nationally ranked No. 7 Wesleyan women's lacrosse team (13-2) earned the No. 3 seed in the 2019 NESCAC Tournament following a program-best 8-2 regular season record in league play. The Cardinals will host sixth-seeded Colby (9-5, 5-5) this Saturday in the Quarterfinals beginning at 12 p.m. on Smith Field.
Wesleyan's only losses were against Middlebury (14-1) and Tufts (14-1), the top two seeds in the tournament. Both programs finished with identical 9-1 records, but the Panthers defeated the Jumbos in head-to-head competition to earn the No. 1 seed. Amherst (11-4, 6-4) earned the right to host the fourth Quarterfinal game as it claimed the No. 4 seed.
Saturday's contest is a rematch of the 2017 quarterfinal game at Colby, in which the Mules edged Wesleyan in overtime, 8-7. Earlier this year, on March 30th, the Cardinals cruised to a 16-6 victory over Colby on the road. The Mules hold a commanding 22-5 all-time record against Wesleyan, but the Cardinals have won the last two meetings.
AT A GLANCE: WESLEYAN
- After a seven-year hiatus, Wesleyan returned to the NESCAC Tournament in 2017 and is now making its third-consecutive appearance in head coach Kim Williams' fourth season at the helm.
- The Cardinals have set program records in overall wins the past three springs, as well as two program records in NESCAC victories during that time. The No. 3 seed is tied for their highest ever, joining the 2007 squad that went 5-4 in league play.
- Wesleyan is riding a four-game win streak entering Saturday's contest and is 6-1 at home this year. The Cardinals are ranked fourth in the conference in scoring, averaging 13.60 goals per game, and are second-best defensively, allowing just 7.39.
- Abby Manning recently broke the single-season program record with her 54th goal of the year and is currently ranked fourth on Wesleyan's all-time scorer's list. She leads the NESCAC in goals and is tied for the league-lead in points with 60. Rounding out the top offensive performers of the year are Sydney Prokupek, who ranks fourth in the conference in assists (20), and Abigail Horst, who sits seventh in goals (39).
- Defensively, two-time All-American Caroline Sgaglione ranks fifth in the NESCAC in caused turnovers (30) and is tied for ninth in draw controls (49). Sophomore goalie Allegra Grant, who is coming off an All-American hockey season, is ranked second in the league in goals-against average (7.33) and is fourth in save percentage (50.0).
AT A GLANCE: COLBY
- Colby has qualified for every NESCAC Tournament since 2001 and is the No. 6 seed for the first time since 2015. The Mules are 20-15 all-time in conference postseason play and won their third NESCAC Championship in 2017. The three crowns are third-best in the league behind Middlebury (9) and Trinity (5).
- The Mules are coming off back-to-back wins over Trinity and Bates following a three-game skid. They are 4-3 on the road this year and 0-2 in away games in April.
- Colby leads the league in save percentage (51.9), ranks fifth in goals-against average (9.16), and is ninth in goals per game (11.21).
- The squad is led offensively by sophomore Robyn Pirie who ranks 11th in the conference in goals (37) and is 12th in points (48).
- Defensively, junior Kelsey Otley and first-year Sarah Stark lead the team in caused turnovers with 23 and 21, respectively. First-year goalie Emily Podgorni has played the majority of minutes in net recently while posting a 10.07 GAA and a 50.5 save percentage. Senior goalie Izzy Scribano ranks second in the NESCAC in save percentage with a mark of 52.2 and is 7-3 between the posts.