Women's Lacrosse

2018 RECORD: 17-3; NESCAC: 9-1; NR: 5TH NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1 NCAA FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES: 6

NESCAC Preview: Second-Seeded Women's Lacrosse Set to Battle No. 4 Bowdoin

NESCAC Preview: Second-Seeded Women's Lacrosse Set to Battle No. 4 Bowdoin

NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL

AMHERST, Mass. – Clinching the second seed in the NESCAC Championship tournament and advancing to the Semis for the second time in three seasons, the Amherst College women's lacrosse team is set to head to Middlebury for a matchup with fourth-seeded Bowdoin this Saturday, May 5 at Kohn Field. Opening draw is slated for 3 p.m.


LIVE COVERAGE
Saturday, May 5 - Kohn Field
12 p.m. - No. 6 Trinity at No. 1 Middlebury - Video / Live Stats
3 p.m. - No. 4 Bowdoin vs. No. 2 Amherst - Video / Live Stats

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • The Mammoths punched their ticket to the Semifinals following an 17-11 victory over No. 7 Colby.
  • Edging No. 5 seed Wesleyan in the quarterfinals, Bowdoin advanced to the weekend with a 11-10 win.
  • Top-seeded Middlebury earned home field advantage throughout the conference postseason with a 14-5 victory over Hamilton.
  • The lone upset of the Quarterfinals, No. 6 Trinity battled past third-seeded Tufts, 12-10 to advance to this weekend.

SCOUTING AMHERST
No. 2 Seed (15-1, 9-1 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Fourth in the NESCAC in goals with 49, Julia Crerend '18 headlines a potent Amherst offense, while Maia Noyes '21, Isabelle Sennett '21, Claire Dunbar '21 and Katherine Malone '20 have all eclipsed the 20-goal mark this season.
  • With 42 ground ball pickups and 33 caused turnovers, Sabrina Solow '19 ranks first on the team in both categories and second overall in the NESCAC to anchor a stringent defense that has allowed just 6.38 goals per game.
  • Starting all 16 contests in goal for the Mammoths, Talia Land '20 (15-1) has racked up 97 saves to own a 7.02 goals against average and a 48.0 save percentage. 

SCOUTING BOWDOIN
No. 4 Seed (12-4, 6-4 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • With 45 goals and 10 assists, Katie Miller leads the Polar Bears' offense with 55 points. Joining Miller on the attack are Eliza Denious and Hannah Hirshfeld, with Denious potting 35 goals and Hirschfeld notching 32 scores on the season. 
  • Morgan Pinado has recorded a team-high 55 draw controls, while Grace DeWald and Hirschfeld have each forced 17 turnovers so far this spring.
  • Kayli Weiss (12-4) has been a staple for Bowdoin in between the pipes, making 126 saves en route to posting a 9.85 goals against average and a 48.6 save percentage.

SCOUTING MIDDLEBURY
No. 1 Seed (14-2, 9-1 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Georgia Carroll has netted a team-high 32 goals and dished out 12 assists to lead the Panthers' offensive attack, while Emma McDonagh (29G, 19A), Hollis Perticone (25G, 7A), Emily Barnard (23G, 5A), Kristen Murphy (23G, 23A) and Jenna McNicholas (20G, 5A) have all scored 20-plus goals for Middlebury's versatile offense.
  • With 40 ground balls, Alex White has been a strong defender on the backline, while Perticone has earned a league-leading 101 draw controls.
  • Julia Keith (14-1) has started all 16 games for the Panthers this season, logging 87 stops, a 6.35 goals against average and a 49.7 save percentage.

SCOUTING TRINITY
No. 6 Seed (NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Leading the NESCAC in goals, Kiley Coffey has sent 58 shots into the nylon as a consistent offensive threat for the Bantams. Defenses will also have to keep an eye out for Allie Barrett, Grace O'Donnell and Sophie Berger, with the trio netting 31, 23 and 22 scores, respectively.
  • Defender Clara Nowlan leads the Trinity backline with 35 ground ball pickups and 18 caused turnovers, while Barrett has logged a team-best 42 draw controls.
  • Zoe Ferguson has played all but 18 minutes in goal for the Bantams, making 150 saves to boast a 8.38 goals against average and a 53.0 save percentage. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  No. 2 Amherst No. 4 Bowdoin No. 1 Middlebury No. 6 Trinity
Overall Record 15-1  12-4 14-2 11-5
Goals For 217 222 214 193
Goals Against 109 155 102 135
Goals Per Game 13.56 13.88 13.38 12.06
Goals Against Avg. 6.81 9.69 6.38 8.35
Shots on Goal % 78.7% 78.9% 75.0%  76.7%
Shooting %  47.7% 43.9% 41.5% 48.9%
Draw Controls P/G 11.94 14.81 11.19 11.13
Ground Balls 286 254 391 255
Turnovers 270 256 323 286
Caused Turnovers 185 136 219 154
Free Position % 43.2% 45.0% 39.6% 46.2%
Clears 222-268 222-258 314-378 199-253

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