March 25, 2009

Conference Roll Call: Division I Women

Check back to LMO each Wednesday for a conference-by-conference, team-by-team breakdown of what's happening in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse.

AMERICA EAST

Albany (3-5, 1-0 AE) defeated a nationally ranked team for the first time since the program ascended to Division I status with a 16-15 overtime win against then-No. 13 New Hampshire on Saturday. The Danes, who had been winless against the Wildcats in nine previous meetings, led 12-5 in the second half before New Hampshire went on a 7-1 run to close the gap. Albany got three goals and four assists from junior midfielder Kayla Best, who earned conference player of the week honors for her effort. The Danes host Harvard on Wednesday and travel to No. 12 Boston University on Saturday… Vermont (6-4, 1-0 AE) won two games last week to push its winning streak to four games, but fell to Boston College on Wednesday… UMBC (5-5, 1-0 AE)  also posted two victories last week, with a 20-6 rout of Iona and a 18-11 win on Saturday against Stony Brook. Ten of UMBC’s 18 goals against Stony Brook came from senior midfielder Kara Door and freshman attack Emily Coady. Door tied her career high with six goals and Coady notched a career best with four goals in the win. Like Vermont, however, UMBC’s run was halted. The Retrievers narrowly lost to Johns Hopkins on Tuesday… Boston University (5-3, 0-0 AE) opens conference play at Vermont. The Terriers have won three straight games since a 13-7 loss at No. 5 Penn on March 11. BU continues to lead the conference with 13.75 goals per game. Terriers’ senior Sarah Dalton broke the school’s career goal-scoring record in a 17-12 win last week over Harvard. She sits atop the list with 191 career goals as of Tuesday… New Hampshire (6-3, 0-1 AE) was paced by Kate Keagins last week. The freshman midfielder had had six goals on 10 shots in the loss against Albany, including a goal with 92 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Keagins was named conference Rookie of the Week after scoring nine goals in two contests last week. The Wildcats will look to even their conference record on Saturday against Stony Brook (3-7, 0-1 AE). The Seawolves were 0-2 last week, with a 22-13 loss against Denver and a 18-11 loss at UMBC in their conference opener. Stony Brook was tied against Denver early in the second half, but the Pioneers scored nine unanswered goals to put the game out of reach. Stony Brook has been outscored by its opponents, 140-110 in its first 10 games of the season… Binghamton (2-5, 0-1 AE) also lost both of its games last week with a narrow 8-7 defeat at Bucknell and a 13-9 home loss against Vermont. The loss against Bucknell was the Bearcats’ third one-goal loss of the season. Binghamton looks to rebound in two nonconference road games this week, against Colgate on Wednesday and Vanderbilt on Saturday.

-- J. Jude Hazard

AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE (ALC)

A 13-12 overtime win against George Washington last Thursday was the first victory for Johns Hopkins in extra time since 2001 against Brown, breaking a streak of three consecutive overtime losses… A statistic illustrating the absurd dominance of Northwestern so far this season: the 9-0 Wildcats are beating opponents by an average of 13.78 goals per game. The No. 2 team in the country in scoring margin, Navy, is beating opponents by 7.71 goals per game… With a win against California on Tuesday, Ohio State tied the program record for best start to a season at 8-1, matching the 2002 team … Despite allowing 12 goals in a loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday, Penn State’s stingy defense ranks No. 5 in the country in goals allowed per game, at 7.88 … Vanderbilt’s high-octane offense -- ranked No. 11 in the nation, averaging nearly 15 goals a game -- comes from balance. All six of the team’s top scorers have between 10 and 15 goals.
-- Daniel Malloy

ATLANTIC 10

Massachusetts will play its first night game ever at its McGuirk Stadium on Wednesday. UMass hosts top-ranked Northwestern, where head coach Alexis Venechanos was an assistant before taking the UMass job. Venechanos resumed the series after it had a 17-year layoff when she was hired three years ago… La Salle won for the third time in four games this year, 7-6, over city rival Villanova. Ashley Rutz scored four goals and the Explorers used five unanswered goals in the first half to build an insurmountable lead. The Explorers lead the league in assists per game at 4.83. At 3-3, La Salle is already two wins ahead of last year’s win total… Helene Tursi was named the A-10 Player of the Week after scoring a career-high seven goals in St. Joseph’s 18-4 win over Villanova, followed by a two-goal performance in a 14-10 loss to Old Dominion. The nine goals in the week matched the senior’s career total through 36 games prior to the 2009 season. The Hawks have been the best team in the league in causing turnovers at 11.89 per game… Duquesne’s four-game winning streak ended with a 20-11 loss at No. 18 Ohio State on Sunday. Ashley Wood and Alicia Krause each had a hat trick for the Dukes, who fell to 4-5 entering A-10 play. They lead the league in goals per game at 12.11 and have six players with double-digit total goals this season… Megan Seidman was named A-10 Rookie of the Week after the freshman scored a career-high five goals in George Washington’s 13-12 loss to Johns Hopkins. She scored the Colonials’ final five goals to force overtime after scoring just three total goals through the season’s first eight games… It isn’t easy at the top. Defending A-10 champion Temple is 0-6 heading into Wednesday’s game at No. 9 Princeton. The Owls didn’t make it easy for themselves when they fell behind Delaware,  5-1, in a 14-7 loss last Wednesday. Coming back is difficult for Temple, which still has only one game with double-digit goals… Preseason A-10 favorite Richmond is 0-8 after dropping a 19-11 decision at William and Mary on Monday despite three goals from Mandy Friend and four assists from Allison Furstenburg. Seven of their first nine games have been on the road. The Spiders are 0-2 under interim coach Peter Albright and open league play Friday against St. Bonaventure… St. Bonaventure’s three-game winning streak was snapped by Delaware, which used a 9-2 first half to take a 12-8 win. Christine Hanley scored three goals, as did Molly Hastrich, but the Bonnies got started too late for a comeback win. Tori Waheibi, who allowed just two goals in 60 minutes in a 6-2 win over Canisius last week, made 12 saves in the first half alone as Delaware dominated possession.

-- Justin Feil

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE (ACC)

North Carolina junior Megan Bosica snagged the ACC Player of the Week award thanks in large part to her four-goal, two-assist performance during Saturday’s big win against Georgetown. She also had two goals and an assist on Wednesday, when the Tar Heels beat Old Dominion. UNC is now on a four-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s matchup with Virginia Tech… During Duke’s 20-1 win against Canisius on Friday, Carolyn Davis had three goals. She has scored in 31 consecutive games. The Blue Devils now get three straight games on the road, including this Saturday against Virginia and then April 3 against No. 1 Northwestern. The bad news? Duke is 6-0 at home. Both of its losses have come on the road… Virginia Tech has come down to earth quickly since picking up their first-ever ACC win against Boston College last Saturday. They got thumped 21-3 against Duke on Wednesday and then dropped a 14-8 game to Louisville on Saturday. Jessica Nonn and Rachel Culp combined for seven of the eight goals on Saturday… During Saturday’s 10-5 loss to red-hot Maryland, Boston College goalkeeper Katie Monaghan tied a career-high with 15 saves. The Eagles managed just 12 shots during the game and scored only one goal during the first half… Someone cool this Maryland team off. The Terps have now won nine in a row to start the season, although they did make things interesting last week. On Wednesday, they needed double overtime to knock off Dartmouth, 13-12, on the road. Saturday was a more low-key, 10-5 win against BC. Maryland was 13-for-14 on clears in the BC victory. The undefeated Terps have a busy week, beating Towson on Tuesday on the road before playing at James Madison on Friday and against Stanford at home on Sunday… Virginia has hit a bit of a rough spot. Saturday’s 8-7 loss to Princeton gave the Cavaliers two loses in three games and three in their last five. UVA got back on track with a win over James Madison on Tuesday. The Wahoos now hold a 27-10-1 lead in the all-time series.

-- Jesse Baumgartner

BIG EAST

Cincinnati (4-3), which was idle for 10 days, hosts Fresno State on Wednesday. The Bearcats have been hurt by fouls recently, committing on average 35.5 in their last four games, compared to 23 fouls per game in their three wins to open the season… After Saturday’s 14-13 double overtime loss to Brown, Connecticut (0-9) has dropped four of its last six by two goals or less, including three one-goal losses. The Huskies have a busy weekend with Cincinnati and Louisville paying visits Friday and Sunday, respectively… No. 4 Georgetown (5-3) and No. 10 Notre Dame clash on Friday in South Bend. The two teams split a pair a year ago, with the Hoyas losing at home 10-8 and winning in the Big East semifinal, 15-14, in three overtimes. The Irish will have to deal with the same trio of scorers that torched them for 11 goals and eight assists in that semifinal – Molly Ford (22g, 10a), Ashby Kaestner (15g, 10) and Jordy Kirr (18g, 12a). For Notre Dame (8-1), it’s a pivotal weekend. No. 20 Loyola visits the Loftus Sports Center at 1 p.m. Sunday… Louisville (6-1) wrapped up its five-game homestand with a 4-1 record, including Saturday’s 14-8 win over Virginia Tech. Janaey Dzikewich had five ground balls and three draw controls, while goalie Jen Heup stopped 13 shots… It was a good Monday for No. 20 Loyola (7-1), which learned that sophomore defender Cara Filippelli won her second straight Big East Defensive Player of the Week award just before defeating Delaware, 11-5. Defense carried the day, as the Blue Hens were shut out until 19 minutes, 5 seconds were left in the game… Rutgers (3-6) dropped a nonconference game to Hofstra on Monday, 13-7. On the season, the Scarlet Knights have struggled on free position shots (8-for-36, .222)… Syracuse’s 19-8 loss Sunday to No. 1 Northwestern dropped the Orange to 0-11 against the country’s top-ranked team. The last six of those games were losses to the Wildcats.

-- Brian Delaney

Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)

James Madison had a tough week at the hands of three ranked teams. The No. 16 Dukes were thumped by in-state rival No. 4 Virginia, 18-9, and took two other squads to the wire, only to fall just short. No. 9 Princeton jumped to an early 4-0 lead, but James Madison fought back and pulled within one goal with just 4:19 to play. Junior Kim Griffin put up five goals and one assist for the Dukes, but it wasn’t quite enough. Princeton sophomore goalkeeper Erin Tochihara stopped a free-position attempt by sophomore Mary Kate Lomady at 3:06 and Tigers senior Christine Casaceli (4g, 1a) scored an insurance goal with 12 seconds remaining, for a final score of 13-11. Against No. 20 Loyola, James Madison had a 7-5 halftime lead but ultimately lost 10-9 in overtime, on Cara Filippelli’s game-winner. The Greyhounds scored 10 goals on just 18 shots, and head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe pulled her starting freshman goalie Alex Menghetti (zero saves, six goals against) after 38:06 minutes in favor of junior Kelly Morgan (2,2)... William & Mary also felt the sting of OT when it lost a heartbreaker to Virginia, 10-9. The Tribe led by as many as three, but were unable to hold off a four-goal rally by the Cavaliers. Whit Hagerman got the game winner for Virginia. W&M is now 0-2 in overtime this season. The Tribe’s previous OT loss came against then No. 10 BU on Feb. 28. W&M led by as many as five goals before BU stormed back for a 14-13 win in double OT... Old Dominion split its games last week, losing to No. 9 North Carolina, 16-9, and defeating St. Joseph’s 14-10. But Monarchs senior midfielder Kelly Kimener scored a career-high six goals against St. Joe’s and tallied 12 points overall, securing CAA Player of the Week honors... Delaware was 2-1 for the week. The Blue Hens beat Temple, 14-7, and St. Bonaventure, 12-8, before falling to No. 20 Loyola by a margin of 11-5. The Greyhounds blanked the Blue Hens in the first half before Emily Schaknowski (1g, 1a) broke through at 19:05. Delaware’s next plays Thursday against Oregon at Westwood (Mass.) High School… Drexel did not play this week, but will host Bucknell on Wednesday. The Dragons are currently 6-1, with the one loss coming to No. 5 Penn... George Mason fell 16-10 to crosstown rival Georgetown this week. After that loss, the Patriots cheered themselves up by crushing Iona, 21-6. Senior attacker Megan Udovich scored a hat trick in both games, and added an assist against the Gaels. George Mason will finish a three-game homestand on Wednesday against American... Hofstra had two decisive victories this week, trumping Mount St. Mary’s, 19-6, and Rutgers, 13-7. The Pride attack has averaged 13 goals per game this season, led by junior midfielder Corrine Gandolfi’s 22 goals. Gandolfi also leads the team in assists, with 11... Towson freshman goalie (and co-CAA Rookie of the Week) Mary Teeters had a season-high 15 saves against Syracuse, but the Tigers still fell to the Orange, 19-11. Towson rebounded with a 17-9 win over Richmond before a crowd of 1,681 as part of a double-header with the men’s team. On Tuesday, the Tigers got a two-goal lead on No. 2-ranked (and undefeated) Maryland, but ultimately fell to the Terps, 14-7.

-- Clare Lochary

INDEPENDENTS

Longwood earned its fourth consecutive victory on Saturday, defeating fellow independent Davidson, 10-5. Longwood (6-3) has won four straight games for the first time since 2006. Sophomore Kesley Dean led the way with two goals and two assists... Davidson (5-5) lost its third consecutive game, as season-ending injuries to senior Becky Horton and freshman Erin Keitel have hurt the Wildcats’ attack… Le Moyne had its two-game winning streak snapped, as it fell to Vermont 10-8 on Sunday. Freshman goalkeeper Kelly Fucillo posted 12 saves in the setback. Le Moyne (4-5) returns to action on Saturday against Oregon… After a six-game losing streak, Villanova has recorded two victories in three days and has renewed hopes of avenging what was looking like a lost season. The Wildcats (3-6) beat Wagner 17-9 on Sunday before earning a 15-14 overtime victory against Navy on Tuesday. Senior Taryn McKenna scored seven goals, including two in overtime, to help the Wildcats to victory… Detroit Mercy lost 17-7 at Quinnipiac on Friday. Freshman Emily Boissonneault recorded a game-high four goals, while freshman Corina Mahorn added a hat trick for the Titans (2-5)… Presbyterian dropped its sixth consecutive game Friday, falling to Marist 21-5. The Blue Hose (1-8) will return to action Saturday for a road game against Detroit Mercy… Howard’s winless season continues, as Division II Seton Hill edged the Bison 10-9 on Saturday. Howard (0-6) had a 7-4 advantage at halftime, but couldn’t sustain the lead.

-- Steven Russolillo

IVY LEAGUE

Penn continues to lead the nation and the league at 3.57 goals allowed per game. The Quakers made Cornell their latest victim, 14-2, Saturday. Penn has outscored Ivy opponents, 24-4, in becoming the only 2-0 team in league play. The defense has been so good that goalies Emily Szelest and Emily Leitner haven’t even been asked to make more than four saves per game… Kat Collins, whose mother played soccer at Yale, had three goals to pace Dartmouth to an 8-6 win at Yale in its Ivy opener. It was Dartmouth’s first win over Yale in four years. The win came after the Big Green put a scare in No. 2 Maryland before falling, 13-12, in overtime. Dartmouth is tops among Ivies in caused turnovers at 12.67 per game and ranks second in ground balls per game with 4.83… Brown put together its first back-to-back wins of the season, though it wasn’t easy. Kelly Robinson’s goal with 17 seconds left forced overtime against Connecticut, and after an even first overtime, Lauren Vitkus’ goal gave the Bears a 14-13 double overtime win. The Bears try to go 2-0 in Ivy play at Dartmouth on Saturday… Cornell tries to get back on track in perhaps its toughest stretch of the season. The Big Red come off back-to-back losses to host No. 9 Princeton on Saturday, then travel to Dartmouth the following weekend. The Big Red leads the league lead in shots per game at 29.83, but ranks last in shooting percentage… Harvard’s Jess Halpern continues to lead the league in goals with 28, an average of four per game. Tyler Petropulous tops the Ivies in ground balls per game. The Crimson also has three of the top five Ivy players in draw controls. Halpern had five goals and Petropulous, a freshman, had a career-high four goals in a 17-12 loss at No. 12 Boston University… Scoring continues to be an issue for Yale, which ranks last in the conference in goals per game at 8.00. The Bulldogs haven’t reached double digits in scoring since their season opener. They also rank last in draw controls, which is limiting their possessions. They look for their first league win at Harvard on Saturday. Michele Fiorentino leads Yale’s defense with 11 ground balls and a team-high 10 caused turnovers… Columbia scored six of the final eight goals but dropped its second straight game, 15-13, to Lehigh last Wednesday. Rachael Ryan had five goals and five grounds balls in the loss. The 5-2 Lions try to return to their winning ways against Ivy leader Penn on Friday. The Lions lead the Ivy League in points per game, with Penn just behind in second… Holly McGarvie scored three goals and had two assists to lead Princeton to an 8-7 upset win at No. 7 Virginia. The senior midfielder ranks among the top 10 in the Ivies in most categories. She is first in draw controls per game, tied for the league lead in ground balls, and ranks in the top 10 in assists, points, free position goals and caused turnovers. The Tigers now lead the series with Virginia, 14-13.

-- Justin Feil

METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (MAAC)

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference is 28-22 in non-conference action. League play starts Wednesday… Canisius senior Chelsea Martinez scored the lone goal as the Griffs lost at No. 7 Duke 20-1 on Friday. Martinez leads the team with 28 goals and 33 points. Allison Daley posted 12 saves. Brianne Laffey leads the squad with 18 assists. Canisius hosts Siena on Friday and plays at Ohio State on Sunday… Fairfield (6-2) lost at No. 16 Dartmouth 17-8 on Tuesday, snapping a five-game win streak. Rebecca White scored four goals to raise her team lead to 28. The Big Green ran off 12 consecutive goals covering both halves. Kristen Coleman leads the team with eight assists and 32 points. The Stags play at Iona on Friday and at Manhattan on Sunday… Iona (2-6) dropped a 21-6 decision at George Mason on Saturday and responded with a 20-13 win at Long Island on Tuesday, snapping a five-match losing streak. Elizabeth Coholan and Lisa Baron each scored twice against Mason. Christie Godlewski and Caitlyn Collins each had five goals for Iona. Coholan leads the team with 19 goals. Godlewski leads in assists (11) and points (28). The Gaels host Fairfield on Friday and play at Marist on Sunday… Manhattan (5-2) opened the week with a 17-13 loss to visiting Robert Morris on Friday, and bounced back with a 14-10 win over visiting California Davis on Tuesday. Julia Lavelle had four goals and an assist in the loss. Chrissy Gutenberger had five goals, with Phelicia Van Overbeke and Lavelle adding three apiece against Davis. Allison Brown made 12 stops in the win. Gutenberger leads the team with 23 goals and 27 points. Van Overbeke leads with eight assists. The Jaspers host Marist on Friday and Fairfield on Sunday… Marist senior midfielder Stephanie Garland was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week. Garland posted nine goals in a pair of wins in the Carolinas. Freshman Kelsey Thoms was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week, combining for 15 saves and earning both wins over Davidson (11-9 on Wednesday) and Presbyterian (21-5 on Friday). Garland had five goals and Cristin Begley had four goals and three assists against Presbyterian, which fell behind 9-0. The Red Foxes have won three in a row, tying the school record. Marist plays at Siena in the MAAC opener Wednesday… Niagara (3-6) lost to visiting Gannon 12-8 on Thursday and lost at St. Bonaventure 19-5 on Tuesday. Alison Valerio had three goals against Gannon. Courtney Formato tallied a pair against the Bonnies. Whitney Gill made 19 stops. Vanessa Schultz leads the team with 18 goals and 20 points. Leigh Downing leads with eight assists. The Purple Eagles play at Siena on Sunday… Siena freshman Kristin Concordia was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week, making seven saves in an 11-7 win over visiting Wagner on Wednesday. Siena gave up four late goals to fall behind 10-9 to UC Davis, but rallied for three tallies to end the game and win 12-10 on Monday. Michelle Andreo had two of the late goals to finish with four. Caitlin Mikel and Lindsey Rosecrans each had three tallies. Rosecrans leads the team with 24 goals and 36 points. Deirdre McQuillan and Andreo lead with six assists. Siena hosts Marist in the MAAC opener Wednesday, play at Canisius on Friday and host Niagara on Sunday.

-- Ken McMillan

NORTHEAST CONFERENCE (NEC)

Two teams that couldn’t buy a win to start the season now find themselves tied atop the Northeast Conference standings… Mount St. Mary’s opened with eight straight losses against the NEC’s toughest non-conference schedule, but then beat Long Island and St. Francis (Pa.) over the weekend to go to 2-0 in the league. They’ll meet up with Monmouth this weekend and find a team similarly renewed…After opening with five straight losses, Monmouth has won three straight, including wins over St. Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris in the NEC… Perhaps the biggest win of the weekend was turned in by Sacred Heart. Sacred Heart, last year’s NEC champion, beat preseason favorite Quinnipiac on 9-8 on Saturday. Chelsea Wagner, who ranked ninth in the country in save percentage coming into the week, had 14 saves in the victory… Wagner is also 1-0 in the league after beating Central Connecticut on Friday. Jessica Richmond had four goals in the victory… Long Island scored the final five goals of the game to rally and beat Central Connecticut 16-15 in league play on Sunday. Freshman goalie Amber Meek came off the bench to make 10 saves while allowing just five goals – including none in the final 15 minutes of the game for the Blackbirds… Quinnipiac is the only team in the NEC with an overall winning record (4-2). The Bobcats look to rebound from the loss to Sacred Heart when they host Long Island on Sunday… Robert Morris is 4-5, but none of the five losses have come by more than two goals. Ashley Levering ranks among the national leaders in assists and now has 26 in nine games… St. Francis (Pa.) hosts Wagner on Sunday in its only game and winless Central Connecticut also has just one game, Wednesday’s home game against UC-Davis.

-- Brian Logue

PATRIOT LEAGUE

American freshman attacker Lauren Schoenberger scored a career-high three goals in the Eagles’ 21-7 loss at Lehigh on Saturday… Bucknell  sophomore attacker Becca Devine scored a career-high six goals, the most by a Bucknell player in five years, to help lead the Bison to a 14-11 win over Lafayette on Saturday at Graham Field… Colgate has returned home from its West Coast spring break trip that included wins over UC Davis and St. Mary’s and a trip-capping loss at Oregon (14-11)… Holy Cross junior attacker Katie Gardner has recorded at least one point in 21 straight games. The streak began on March 8 of last season. In the two games last week she had a total of three goals and three assists for six points.  Her 1.67 assists per game this season rank second in the Patriot League… Lafayette freshman defender Lauren Curley was named PL Defender of the Week for her performances at Louisville and Bucknell last week.  Against the Bison, she was part of a defensive effort that limited Bucknell to just four second-half goals, as the Leopards outscored the Bison 6-4 in the final period.  Curley also caused a team-high three turnovers. On the offensive end, she added two goals for Lafayette, both of which came in the final 15 minutes and on her only two shots in the game… Lehigh sophomore attacker Lauren Dykstra tied her career high with eight goals in a 21-7 win over American on Saturday. She surpassed the 90-goal mark for her career and established career highs in draw controls (six) and ground balls (10) in the same game. Dykstra was named the PL Offensive Player of the Week for her performance… Navy freshman attacker Dani Vivonetto came off the bench to register her second career hat trick, including the game-winner on an 8-meter attempt with just 12 seconds to play, as the Mids edged host Holy Cross, 10-9, on Saturday. Vivonetto now has 10 goals in five games on the season. She began the year with a three-goal effort against Presbyterian, but a foot injury caused her to miss two games and has limited her action recently.

-- Andy Krauss


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