MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – For the third consecutive season, the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team has advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament as the Cardinals earned an at-large bid with a 14-3 overall record. Wesleyan secured a First Round bye and will host Mary Washington (15-4) and Westfield State (11-9) on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. on Smith Field. The Cardinals will face the winner in the Second Round on Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m. as well.
- Wesleyan is ranked No. 8 in the country and No. 3 in the New England Region, Mary Washington is ninth in the nation and seventh in the Mid-Atlantic, and Westfield State is unranked. Both games will be played on Smith Field, with the winner of the Second Round matchup advancing to the Third Round on Saturday, May 18, where they will play either No. 2 Washington & Lee, No. 20 Ithaca, or Meredith. For directions to Smith Field, click HERE.
- Cost of admission is $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students, and $2 for children ages three to 12.
- Both games will feature live stats and live video broadcasted by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN) with play-by-play by Chris Grace and color commentary by Ryan Gosiker '20.
- Prior to the 2017 season, the Cardinals had never qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Now, in head coach Kim Williams' fourth year at the helm of the program, Wesleyan has made it three-straight seasons and has established itself as a national contender.
- The Cardinals have won a program-record 14 games, as well as a program record eight NESCAC victories. It marks the third-straight season that Wesleyan has set a program record in overall wins.
- Wesleyan is averaging 13.28 goals per game and are allowing just 7.88. The Cardinals are 7-1 at home this season and have won five-straight on Smith Field.
- The squad is led by its four All-NESCAC selections – midfielder Abigail Horst, defender Caroline Sgaglione, goalie Allegra Grant, and midfielder Abby Manning.
- Manning leads the team in points (65) and goals (58), while both marks are single-season program records. Horst is second on the team with 45 points and 43 goals, followed by Sydney Prokupek with 41 points and Caitlin Wood with 40.
- Sgaglione is a two-time All-American and leads the team in caused turnovers with 31, while Grant has been excellent in net and owns a 7.85 goals-against average (GAA) and 48.8 save percentage.
- Mary Washington is making its 14th appearance in the national postseason tournament and fourth straight. The Eagles are 15-13 all-time in the NCAA Championships.
- They earned an at-large bid from the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) after losing to No. 6 York (Pa.) in the CAC Semifinals, 12-11.
- The Eagles are 2-2 in their last four games, with both losses against York and both wins against Frostburg State. They are also 6-3 on the road this season and 0-0 in neutral site contests.
- They are averaging 14.21 points per game and allowing just 7.42.
- Mary Washington had six All-CAC selections, including five First Team honorees.
- Earning First Team laurels were seniors Julia Albert (attack), Mackenzie Maguire (attack), Hanna Ashby (goalie), junior Paige Haskins (midfielder), and sophomore Rylie Cole (defender), while senior Sarah Hampton (defense) was named to the Second Team.
- Maguire leads the team in points (92) and assists (57), and Albert leads the squad in goals (63). Hampton leads the team with 23 caused turnovers followed by Cole with 22, and Ashby owns a 7.49 GAA and a 54.8 save percentage.
- Westfield State is making its third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and is 2-2 all-time in the postseason.
- The Owls won the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title en route to an automatic berth. They defeated Framingham State in the championship game, 13-12.
- Westfield State won its first two games of the season before losing six-straight. However, four of those losses were by one including a triple overtime game and a double overtime lose. The Owls rallied since then and are currently riding a six-game win streak.
- They are averaging 12.55 goals per game and allowing 9.77.
- Westfield State has seven All-Conference selections. Earning First Team honors were seniors Elizabeth Navoni (attack), Sydney Lambert (midfield), Caroline Arket (defense), Olivia Overdahl (defense), and Maria Woodall (goalie), while seniors Alexa Tonelli (attack) and Marissa Nimeskern (midfield) were named to the Second Team.
- Lambert leads the team in points (65) and goals (47), and Hayley Rodriguez has a team-high 22 assists. Lucy Barrett leads the defense with 25 caused turnovers and Woodall owns a 10.75 GAA and 50.2 save percentage.