NCAA Preview: No. 12 Women's Lacrosse Heads Salisbury for NCAA Third Round, to Battle No. 10 Catholic

NCAA Preview: No. 12 Women's Lacrosse Heads Salisbury for NCAA Third Round, to Battle No. 10 Catholic

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AMHERST, Mass. – The 12th-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team is gearing up for the program's fourth consecutive appearance in the Third Round of the NCAA Championships, as the Mammoths are set to face off against No. 10 Catholic University at Sea Gull Stadium on the campus of Salisbury University on Saturday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m. with a spot in the national Quarterfinals on the line. 

Host and No. 7 Salisbury battles No. 19 Colorado College in the other Third Round pod tilt, hitting the field at 11:30 a.m. 

LIVE COVERAGE 
11:30 a.m. - Salisbury vs. Colorado Col. – Webcast / Live Stats
2:30 p.m. – Amherst vs. Catholic – Webcast / Live Stats

ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Amherst secured an at-large bid to the national postseason and First Round bye before edging Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 14-8 in Second Round play.
  • Capturing their sixth-straight Landmark Conference crown, Catholic punched its ticket to the national postseason and downed Albion, 19-5, and Mount Union, 16-6, in the First and Second Rounds, respectively, to earn a Third Round bid.
  • Falling to No. 6 York, 13-11, in the Capital Athletic Conference finals, Salisbury earned an at-large bid and First Round bye to the NCAA Tournament before downing Lebanon Valley in Second Round action, 16-3.
  • The 2019 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference champions, Colorado College secured an at-large bid and First Round bye to the show and powered past George Fox University, 21-7 to advance to the Third Round.

SCOUTING THE NO. 12 AMHERST MAMMOTHS
(13-5 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Claire Dunbar '21 leads the Mammoths' in assists and points, logging 31 helpers to go along with 36 assists for 67 points on the year. With a team-high 37 goals, Isabelle Sennett '21 in next on the squad with 46 total points, while Maia Noyes '21 and Hannah Fox '20 have also proven to be dangerous on the attack, with Noyes posting a stat line of 19 goals, 21 assists and 39 points and Fox boasting a line of 25-11-36. Becky Kendall '22, Hannah Gustafson '21 and Leah Ritterband '21 have also eclipsed the 20-point mark for Amherst this season.
  • Noyes (69), Gustafson (53) and Fox (53) lead the Mammoths in draw controls, while junior keeper Talia Land's 41 ground balls are a team-high. On the defensive side of the ball, Noyes has caused a squad-leading 28 turnovers, while Sabrina Solow '19 is close behind with 27 CT's.
  • Starting every game in net this spring, Land (13-5) has seen the majority of minutes for the Mammoths, racking up 146 saves in 987:34 to own an 8.81 GAA and a 50.2 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE NO. 10 CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY CARDINALS
(17-4 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Both boasting 66 points on the spring, Ally Criscuolo (51G, 15A) and Jess Lyons (56G, 10A) headline the Cardinals attack, while Megan Ellis (46G, 8A, 54P) and Anna Maupin (39G, 12A, 51P) can also find the back of the net. Bridget Beck and Holly Regan lead the team in assists with 22 helpers each.
  • Nanci Hernandez and Jess Lyons have picked up 49 and 48 ground balls, respectively, to lead Catholic, while Lyons' 81 draw controls and 33 caused turnovers are both team-highs.
  • Starting all 18 contests in between the pipes, Hernandez (15-4) has racked up 147 saves in 1039:19 minutes to boast a 9.58 GAA and a 47.0 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE NO. 7 SALISBURY UNIVERSITY SEA GULLS
(17-3 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • With an eye-popping 64 helpers, Alexis Strobel leads the Sea Gulls in points with 82 on the season, while Lindsey Wagner (27G, 37A, 64P) and Gabby Mongno (43G, 7A, 50P) have each eclipsed the 50-point mark on the year. 
  • Goalkeeper Skye Graham's 48 ground balls leads the team, while Martha Hutzell's 72 draw controls are a team-high. Taylor Poore and Kendall Bannan headline Salisbury's defensive unit with 31 and 30 caused turnovers, respectively.
  • Graham (17-3) has started every game for Salisbury, making 127 saves in 996:34 minutes to own an 8.37 GAA and a 47.7 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE NO. 19 COLORADO COLLEGE TIGERS
(18-1 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Two points shy of the 100-point mark, Eva King has netted 48 goals and dished out 50 assists for 98 total points. Maggie O'Donnell in next on the Tigers with a 42-38-80 stat line, while Allie Thuet has posted a team-high 50 goals to go along with 24 assists for 74 points.
  • Cassis Schafer's 38 ground balls is a team-high, while Lauren Pejza has more than doubled up her closest teammate in draw controls with 72 overall. Ellie Meyer leads the team in caused turnovers with 20.
  • Starting every game for the Tigers in between the pipes, Alena Stern (17-1) has made 136 stops in 910:25 minutes to boast a 8.24 GAA and 52.1 save percentage as the anchor of the defense.

BY THE NUMBERS

   No. 12 Amherst     No. 10 Catholic     No. 7 Salisbury     No. 19 Colorado Col. 
 Games / Record  18 / 13-5   21  / 17-4    20 / 17-3    19 / 18-1
 Goals/Per Game 225 / 12.50    326 / 15.52    285 / 14.25   328 / 17.26
 Assists  109   139    147    194
 Shots Per Game  27.39   35.38     29.65   33.9
 Shots on Goal %  77.5   77.3     75.9   78.8
 Shot % 45.6     43.9   48.1   50.9
 Ground Balls  322    446    363   486
 Draw Controls / Per GM  219 / 12.17    326 / 15.52    237 / 11.85   294 / 15.47
 Caused Turnovers  207   215     217   266
 Turnovers 300   359    295    428 
 Clears  84.5 (290-343)     87.8 (323-368)   87.8 (357-407)    80.1 (289-361)
 Free Position % 56.9 (58-102)   37.0 (74-200)    43.2 (32-74)   44.3 (58-131)
 Goals Against Avg.  8.33     8.71   7.57     7.37

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