MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – For the second year in a row, the Wesleyan women's lacrosse team will travel to Gettysburg, Pa. to compete in the Regional Round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships. The eighth-ranked Cardinals will play No. 2 Washington & Lee on Saturday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the Quarterfinals on Sunday, May 19 (2:30 p.m.) against the winner of No. 1 Gettysburg vs. Denison.
Saturday's Third Round matchup between Wesleyan and Washington & Lee is the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Cardinals also never faced Denison, and only played Gettysburg once back in 2009, in which the Bullets prevailed in a neutral site contest in Hilton Head, S.C., 12-8.
AT A GLANCE: NO. 8 WESLEYAN (15-3)
- Wesleyan is coming off an impressive 11-6 win over No. 9 Mary Washington in the Second Round last Sunday, following a First Round bye. Abby Manning led the team with five points (3 G, 2 A), while Julia Gretsky tallied four (3 G, 1 A). Jordan Ansell caused four turnovers and goalie Allegra Grant made six crucial saves.
- The Cardinals are averaging 13.17 goals per game and allowing 7.77. They average 28.39 shots per game with a 46.4 shooting percentage and 48.5 percent clip on free position shots. Wesleyan also wins 13.17 draw controls per game and causes 11.2 turnovers per contest.
- Saturday's game is just the third neutral site contest for the Cardinals this season, as they went 1-1 in their previous two matchups.
- Offensively, Abby Manning leads the team in both points and goals, setting single-season program records in both categories with 70 and 61, respectively, and Sydney Prokupek leads the team in assists (23). Four players have 40 or more points, led by Manning followed by All-American Abigail Horst (46), Prokupek (42), and Caitlin Wood (41). Manning also leads the team with 70 draw controls and Horst has 65.
- Defensively, two-time All-American Caroline Sgaglione leads the team in caused turnovers (32) and Breanna Cavanaugh has a team-high 40 groundballs. Cavanaugh also has 29 caused turnovers and Ansell has 24. In net, Grant has been terrific once again and boasts a 7.74 goals-against average (GAA) and 48.8 save percentage in 1030:55 minutes logged while owning a 15-3 record.
AT A GLANCE: NO. 2 WASHINGTON & LEE (18-2)
- Washington & Lee won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships, and after a First Round bye, the Generals knocked off No. 20 Ithaca at home, 18-9. Dani Murray led the team with seven points (5 G, 2 A), while Cordelia Peters added five (2 G, 3 A), and three others registered four (Maddy Graves, Landon Shelley, Haley Tucker). Goalie Elliot Gilbert started in net and made eight saves in 55:33 minutes.
- The Generals lost their season-opener to Mary Washington, Wesleyan's opponent last weekend, and began the year 3-2. The other loss occurred against Gettysburg on the road. However, they've rallied since then and have won 15 straight games.
- Washington & Lee is averaging 17.20 goals on 32 shots per game while allowing just 7.27 goals per contest. The Generals lead the country in turnovers, turning the ball over just 11.65 times per game, and are 11-0 at home, 7-2 on the road, and 0-0 at neutral sites.
- Five players have 50 or more points for the Generals, who are led by senior attack Haley Tucker. Tucker is leading the team in points (83) and goals (67), while sophomore attack Landon Shelley leads the squad in assists (53) and ranks second in points (67). Tucker also leads the team in draw controls (89) followed by senior attack Rebecca Wellford (76) and junior defender Caitlin Anderson (70).
- Defensively, Anderson leads the team with 22 caused turnovers and 36 ground balls. Junior goalie Elliot Gilbert has seen the most action in net, playing 772:22 minutes while recording an 8.00 GAA and 43.1 save percentage. She boasts a 17-1 record.
- Washington & Lee is making its 10th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and is 11-18 all-time in 19 postseason tries.
AT A GLANCE: NO. 1 GETTYSBURG (18-1)
- Gettysburg, the defending National Champions, are coming off a commanding 24-1 win over Westminster (Pa.) in the Second Round. The Bullets outscored Westminster 17-1 in the first half, while Liza Barr had an incredible 15 points on 13 assists and two goals. Kerry McKeever led the team with five goals and added an assist.
- The Bullets lone loss of the season came at the hands of then-No. 7 Franklin and Marshall, 9-6 on April 3rd. They have won nine-straight games since then, including the Centennial Conference Championship game in which they avenged their loss to Franklin and Marshall and won the title, 16-6.
- Gettysburg is averaging 17 goals per game on 32.3 shots while holding opponents to just 6.95 goals per contest.
- Barr leads the team in points (117) and assists (70), while McKeever is second on the team in points (86) on a team-high 60 goals. Courtney Patterson leads the squad in draw controls with 94 followed by McKeever with 81.
- Steph Colson leads the defense with 19 caused turnovers and Claire Macatee has a team-high 31 ground balls. Goalie Bailey Pilder has started 18 games and is 17-1 in net. She has a 7.96 GAA and 52.9 save percentage.
- Gettysburg has three national championships, tied for third-most all-time, and boasts an incredible 36-15 record in the NCAA Tournament. This season marks its 19th appearance in the postseason.
AT A GLANCE: DENISON (16-4)
- Denison won the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) en route to its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance. Last weekend, the Big Red cruised to a 19-6 win over Transylvania in the Second Round. Denison led 15-4 at halftime and was led by Kiely Noonan's seven points (6 G, 1 A).
- The Big Red played Gettysburg earlier this season, on March 3rd, and lost on the road 14-4.
- Denison is averaging 16.95 goals per game on 35.25 shots while allowing 8.17 goals against.
- Noonan leads the team in points (79), goals (53), and assists (26). Maddy Heher has 59 points (32 G, 27 A) and Liza Farnham has 52 (40 G, 12 A).
- Defensively, Jane Goodspeed leads the team with an incredible 50 caused turnovers and 167 draw controls. In goal, senior Hannah Magarian is 16-4 with 992:09 minutes logged. She owns a 9.43 GAA and 44.9 save percentage.
- Denison is 3-20 all-time in the national postseason.