Women's Lacrosse

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

Preview: Women's Lacrosse Heads to Gettysburg for NCAA Third Round

Preview: Women's Lacrosse Heads to Gettysburg for NCAA Third Round

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AMHERST, Mass. – The sixth-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team is gearing up to play a familiar foe in the Third Round of the 2018 NCAA Championships, as the Mammoths are set to face off against No. 15 Wesleyan University at Clark Field on the campus of Gettysburg College Saturday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. with a spot in the national Quarterfinals on the line. 

Host and No. 3 Gettysburg battles No. 5 Mary Washington in the other Third Round pod tilt, hitting the field at 11:30 a.m. 

Both of Saturday's matchups feature teams that have played each other during the regular season, with Amherst edging Wesleyan, 8-6 on April 24 and Gettysburg powering past Mary Washington, 12-4 on March 15.

LIVE COVERAGE
Saturday, May 19, 11:30 a.m. – No. 3 Gettysburg vs. No. 5 Mary Washington – Webcast / Live Stats
Saturday, May 19, 2:30 p.m. – No. 6 Amherst vs. No. 15 Wesleyan – Webcast / Live Stats

Sunday, May 20, 2:30 p.m. – Saturday's Winners – Webcast / Live Stats

ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Earning an at-large bid and first round bye, the Mammoths punched their ticket to third round action with a 10-7 victory over No. 17 Cortland at home on May 13. 
  • Claiming an at-large bid to the national postseason, Wesleyan has posted two wins in NCAA play to remain alive, downing No. 12 Messiah, 13-10 and No. 18 St. John Fisher, 11-6. 
  • The Centennial Conference champion and automatic qualifier, Gettysburg powered past Westfield State, 19-4 after a first round bye to secure third round and quarterfinal hosting duties.
  • Falling in the Capital Athletic Conference finals, Mary Washington captured an at-large bid and first round bye before besting Mount Union, 18-6 in the NCAA second round.

SCOUTING NO. 6 AMHERST
(16-2 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Five Mammoths have scored 25-or-more goals this spring, with senior attacker Julia Crerend leading the pack with 52 scores and nine assists for a team-high 61 points. Next on Amherst is Isabelle Sennett '21 with 29 markers, while Claire Dunbar '21, Katherine Malone '20 and Maia Noyes '21 have all notched 26 scores. Dunbar also leads the team in assists with 31 helpers on the year.
  • Defender Sabrina Solow '19 headlines the Mammoths' defensive unit with a squad-best 48 ground balls and 36 caused turnovers, while Noyes leads Amherst in draw controls with 65.
  • In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 (16-2) has started all 18 games, making 113 saves to own a 7.25 goals against average and a 47.9 save percentage in 1017:25 minutes.

SCOUTING NO. 15 WESLEYAN
(12-6 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Abigail Horst, Abby Manning and Caitlin Wood have all tallied 30-or-more goals this spring, with Horst netting 38 scores and two assist for 40 points, Manning logging 36 goals and 13 helpers for 49 points and Wood posting 33 markers and two assists for 35 total points.
  • With 59 draw controls, Caroline Sgaglione headlines the Cardinals possession game, while Allegra Grant leads the team in ground balls with 47. Defenders Jordan Ansell, Amy Breitfeller and Caroline Sgaglione have all caused 19 turnovers so far this season.
  • Grant (12-6) has started every game for Wesleyan in goal, recording 175 stops to tout a 8.87 goals against average and a 52.2 save percentage in 1082:15. 

SCOUTING NO. 3 GETTYSBURG
(17-2 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Steph Colson leads the Bullets in goals with 46 goals, while Katie Landry has dished out a team-high 67 assists and tallied 20 goals for a squad best 67 points. Katie Willis (43G, 17A), Liza Barr (37G, 13A) and Kerry McKeever (35G, 12A) are also among Gettysburg's scoring leaders. 
  • Colson also leads the team in ground balls and draw controls with 43 and 109, respectively, while Brooke Holechek has logged 24 caused turnovers.
  • Starting all 19 contests in net, Bailey Pilder (17-2) has registered 124 saves to boast a 5.48 goals against average and a 62.0 save percentage in 831:47 minutes.

SCOUTING NO. 5 MARY WASHINGTON
(17-4 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Leading the offensive attack, Julia Albert and Holly Hudson have netted 46 and 40 goals, respectively, while Allison Davis (38G, 8A), Mackenzie Maguire (37G, 36A), Paige Haskins (32G, 0A) and Hope Lockwood (32G, 3A) have all eclipsed the 30-goal mark.
  • Kristen Littlefield leads the Eagles with 80 draw controls, 43 ground balls and 28 caused turnover, while Paige Childers has posted 74 draw controls and Peyton Murray has caused 17 turnovers.
  • Shannon Bremer (11-1) and Hanna Ashby (6-3) have each registered significant minutes in between the pipes, with Bremer making 85 saves to tout a 7.59 goals against average and 46.2 save percentage in 783:01 and Ashby racking up 69 stops to own a 9.51 goals against average and a 47.9 saver percentage in 473:18.
   No. 6 Amherst   No. 15 Wesleyan   No. 3 Gettysburg   No. 5 Mary Washington
Overall Record 16-2 12-6 17-2 17-4
Goals For 236 183 296 304
Goals Against 127 161 101 175
Goals Per Game 13.11 10.17 15.58 14.48
Goals Against Avg. 7.06 8.89 5.32 8.32
Shots on Goal % 77.1% 70.5% 78.3% 78.4%
Shooting % 45.8% 41.6% 50.6% 48.6%
Draw Controls P/G 11.89 10.61 15.16 14.19
Ground Balls 314 350 328 355
Turnovers 303 369 267 307
Caused Turnovers 201 191 141 149
Free Position % 44.2% (38-86) 44.9% (61-136) 43.3% (45-104) 51.7% (74-143)
Clears 84.6% (258-305) 82.7% (311-376) 89.4% (296-331) 298-347

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