April 8, 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.


Boston University (8-3, 3-0 AE) sits atop the conference as the only undefeated team in America East play after the Terriers edged New Hampshire, 9-8, and beat Stony Brook, 17-13 last week. Sarah Dalton was named conference player of the week for the second week in a row and the third time this season with 13 goals last week. Dalton leads the conference with 54 goals and 59 points… Albany (7-6, 3-1 AE) narrowly defeated cross-town rival Siena, 11-10, this Tuesday. The Great Danes also won both of its conference games last week, upsetting Vermont, 13-7, and defeating Binghamton, 17-11. Albany has won five of its last six games this season and has started off conference play 3-1 for only the second time since joining the America East … Vermont (7-5, 2-1 AE) lost its first conference game last week in the Albany defeat. Senior Kristen Millar, who already holds Vermont’s all-time record for points, assists, ground balls and draw controls, needs just one goal on Saturday against Boston University to capture the school’s all time goals scored record… New Hampshire (8-5, 2-2 AE) fell to Cornell, 5-3, on Tuesday. The Wildcats were 1-1 last week, including the 9-8 loss against Boston University and an 11-8 win against UMBC. New Hampshire plays its second game of the week against a ranked opponent when it hosts Vanderbilt on Wednesday. The Wildcats will also travel to Le Moyne on Saturday… UMBC (6-7, 2-2 AE) routed last-place Binghamton, 16-4, last Wednesday before losing to New Hampshire on Saturday. Junior goalkeeper Kate Quick Jr. was named conference defender of the week after she recorded 22 saves in two games last week. The Retrievers head to American on Wednesday before travelling to Albany on Saturday for an important conference matchup for both teams… Stony Brook (3-10, 0-3 AE) continued its conference woes with a 17-13 home loss against Boston University. The Seawolves have now lost six consecutive games this season. Stony Brook will look to get its first conference win of the year at Binghamton on Saturday… Likewise, Binghamton (2-9, 0-3 AE) remains winless in the conference after a pair of losses last week. The Bearcats have dropped seven straight games dating back to a March 13 overtime win against Monmouth. Binghamton’s clash with Le Moyne that was scheduled for this Tuesday has been postponed to Wednesday due to bad weather. Binghamton will look for its first conference win at Stony Brook on Saturday.

-- J. Jude Hazard


Johns Hopkins was historically humbled in an 11-3 loss to No. 3 Penn last week. The Blue Jays’ offensive output tied the program Division I record for fewest in a game and are the fewest since a 12-3 loss to Northwestern on April 22, 2005… Northwestern star attacker Hilary Bowen suffered an injury during the opening minutes of the Wildcats’ 21-4 win against California on Saturday while trying to make a cut. She didn’t return to the game – breaking her 51-game goal streak, the fourth longest in NCAA history. A team spokesman said Monday that Bowen’s unspecified lower body injury was still being evaluated, so a return date remained unclear. The Chicago Tribune reported that Bowen had an MRI on her left knee Sunday… The ACC was the clear victor in the ACC-ALC challenge in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend with No. 2 Maryland and No. 4 North Carolina winning both of their contests against No. 14 Penn State and No. 17 Ohio State. But the ALC wasn’t exactly steamrolled. With the exception of Maryland’s 20-12 victory against Penn State on Friday, the games were all close. Penn State continued its habit of challenging the nation’s heavyweights and coming up just short in a four-goal loss to UNC, in which it trailed by two with 10 minutes left. And in Ohio State’s 17-16 loss to Maryland, freshman Alayna Markwordt’s six-goal performance displayed the talents of an up-and-coming star … Vanderbilt has been scorching hot since a loss at Duke on March 12. The Commodores have won five straight, and Saturday’s 18-8 win against Johns Hopkins was the fourth win in the streak by a double-digit margin.

-- Daniel Malloy


Massachusetts pulled into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 with a sweep of the remaining unbeatens. Despite having just three seniors and two juniors on the team, the Minutewomen are 4-0 in the league after scoring 11 unanswered goals on their way to an 18-5 win over George Washington on Sunday. They held off Richmond, 13-12, Friday. UMass is averaging 14.5 goals per game and allowing just 6.75 goals per game in A-10 play. Meghan Reddy has already set the UMass single-season record of 49 draw controls... George Washington fell to 3-1 in league play with the loss to UMass despite three goals from Sarah Phillips. The freshman had two goals and three assists in a 9-4 win over Temple on Friday. The Colonials scored the first five goals of the second half. It gave them their third 3-0 league start in the program’s eight seasons… Temple bounced back from the loss to record their first win of the season, 12-6, over visiting Richmond on Sunday. Kelsey Zenuk had three goals and Chelsea Rosiek had two goals and three assists. Eight different players scored goals for the Owls, who also forced 17 turnovers. Jessica Colucci made 10 saves for the defending A-10 champions, who are 1-3 in league play, 1-10 overall… Richmond followed up its perfect first league weekend by going 0-for-2 on the second weekend. The Spiders never got closer than 5-4 against Temple in the second half. Nine different players scored in Richmond’s 13-12 loss to UMass. Mary Flowers had a career-best four assists. The Spiders must win Friday must win at GW on Friday to stay in the top four in the league standings… St. Joseph’s 15-10 win on Sunday was their first-ever win over Duquesne in 10 years. Suzy Herlihy made 17 saves for the Hawks, who sit in a second-place tie with GW. The win was their fifth straight on the road. They used a 9-0 run to come back for a 12-5 win at St. Bonaventure on Friday. The defense held the Bonnies – the highest scoring team in the league – scoreless for more than 33 minutes for their first win in four tries in Olean, N.Y…  Ashley Wood scored half of Duquesne’s goals in the 15-10 loss to the Hawks. She has 39 this season, more than a quarter of the Dukes goals, while she has one assist. Meghan Frederick tied her career high with six assists in a 13-5 win over La Salle, its first conference win of the season. Duquesne leads the conference with 4.38 assists and 13.46 draw controls per game… St. Bonaventure snapped its four-game losing streak with a 15-10 win over La Salle on Sunday. It earned the Bonnies their first conference win. A change of venues due to severe rain couldn’t slow the Bonnies attack as they jumped to a 6-1 lead and found their offense again. Three Bonnies scored at least three goals in the game, including Molly Hastrich and Christine Hanley, who rank first and second in goals per game in the A-10… La Salle’s Stef McKee had four goals, but the Explorers couldn’t rally from their early deficit at St. Bonaventure. The Explorers also fell behind early in their 13-5 loss at Duquesne on Friday, the first of four straight games on the road. Nora McGurkin, a freshman, leads all A-10 field players in ground balls per game at 2.82. She also ranks in the top five in draw controls.

-- Justin Feil


It's eight wins in a row now for North Carolina after sweeping its two games during the ACC/ALC Challenge against Ohio State and Penn State. UNC hasn't lost since March 6 against Penn. Goalkeeper Logan Ripley had 10 saves in the 11-7 win against Penn State on Sunday... It doesn't get much tougher than taking on No. 1 Northwestern on the road. Duke tried its hand at the task on Friday but came up short, 13-7. The Blue Devils had the Wildcats down 3-0, their largest deficit of the season. Duke's game on Saturday against Boston College will be its third straight contest on the road... After three games in a week, Virginia will finally have a chance to rest -- the Cavs don't play again until April 14. They went 2-1 during those games, losing to Old Dominion before beating Boston College and Harvard over the weekend. Harvard was up 3-1 before the Cavaliers went on a back-breaking 9-0 run to put the game out of reach. Kaitlin Duff led UVA with four goals (on six shots) and three ground balls against Harvard... Virginia Tech is in the middle of a four-game stretch of nonconference games. And so far so good, as the Hokies downed American 19-11 on Saturday to claim the second of those contests. They also beat Longwood 13-10 on Tuesday at home and then play Oregon on Saturday in Eugene, Ore. Rachel Culp tied her career high with seven goals in the American win... ACC play has not treated Boston College well, as BC sits 0-4 in league play. The Eagles have also lost three of their last four games and four of their last six. BC will take on Boston University on Wednesday in a game that will benefit breast cancer research. BC will wear pink jerseys, while BU will use pink shafts. Sales of commemorative t-shirts and donations given at the game will go to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund in honor of Joanne Fitzpatrick -- the mother of BC player Lauren Fitzpatrick -- who passed away from breast cancer last fall.

-- Jesse Baumgartner


Cincinnati (5-7, 0-4) was left the lone Big East team without a conference win, dropping weekend games to Rutgers and No. 10 Notre Dame. The Bearcats rank last in the conference in assists per game at 2.58... Connecticut (2-11, 2-3) dropped a 17-2 decision to No. 16 Loyola on Friday and a 19-8 loss to first-place Georgetown on Sunday. Against the Hoyas, the Huskies cut a 10-2 deficit in half with four straight goals before fading... Georgetown junior Ashby Kaestner was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two goals in Friday's 11-10, quadruple-overtime victory over Syracuse, followed by four goals and one assist Sunday. The sixth-ranked Hoyas' win over Syracuse will long be remembered as special. Georgetown (9-3, 4-0) won despite the ejection of Molly Ford and a 10-6 deficit with 14:45 left in regulation... Louisville (7-4, 1-3) is leading the Big East in ground balls and caused turnovers (13.73), and forced 15 turnovers Friday night in a 10-8 win over Rutgers. Kelsey McDowell had team-highs of four caused turnovers and six ground balls... No. 16 Loyola's conference title hopes were all but dashed in Sunday's 17-10 loss to No. 8 Syracuse. The Orange scored the game's first seven goals and never allowed the Greyhounds (8-4, 1-3) a chance to tie. "Syracuse has a great program, and we like to play the same way, fast and with a lot of opportunities," Loyola coach Jen Adams said on the team's Web site. "They took advantage of those opportunities today, and we made too many errors when we shot..." No. 10 Notre Dame (11-2, 4-1) can keep pace with Georgetown with a win at Syracuse on Saturday. The Irish took care of business over the weekend against Cincinnati and Louisville, racking up 36 goals. They lead the conference in goals per game (16.08) and shooting percentage (.472). Junior Rachel Guerrera was named the conference defensive player of the week... Rutgers (5-8, 2-3) claimed a pair of conference wins on the road behind seven goals from junior midfielder Brooke Cantwell, who now has 26 on the season. The Scarlet Knights visit Monmouth on Wednesday before returning to conference play on Saturday... No. 8 Syracuse (9-3, 4-1) has lost three games to top-six teams, including Friday's stunning defeat to Georgetown in the longest game in conference history. In Sunday's bounce-back win over Loyola, Halley Quillinan (5-05), Christina Dove (3-25) and Katie Rowan (2-68) did the heavy lifting on offense. Liz Hogan made eight saves.

-- Brian Delaney


No. 18 Hofstra prevailed in two overtime games, besting No. 20 James Madison in double OT and George Mason. Junior attacker Ashley Jones (4g, 1a) got the game-winner against the Dukes for a 13-12 win, and senior midfielder Liz Falco put one in the cage just as overtime expired to lift her team over the Patriots, 12-11. Hofstra is now 16-3 in its last 19 overtime games and boasts a current five-game winning streak, heading into a four-game road trip versus CAA opponents Towson, Delaware, Old Dominion and William & Mary... Old Dominion pulled off a stunning upset of No. 9 Virginia, 13-10, and beat Towson, 10-7, but also posted an unlikely loss to CAA opponent Delaware, 9-8. The win over Virginia was the first in 33 tries against the Monarchs’ in-state rivals. ODU rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to handle the Cavaliers, led by freshman midfielder Lisa Bernardini’s four goals and one assist. Freshman goalie Sarah Geary earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors for her performances against Virginia (12 saves) and Towson (a career-high 19 saves). She faltered against Delaware, making only five saves and allowing a last-second game-winner by Stephanie Allen. Still, Geary’s save percentage rose to .512 and should be in good spirits to host CAA rival George Mason on Friday... No. 20 James Madison had an unsteady week, falling to Hofstra, 13-12 in double overtime before easily handling Drexel, 14-6. Freshman goalie Alex Menghetti struggled in goal against the Pride, allowing eight goals and making one save in 38:31. She was replaced by junior reserve Morgan Kelly, who allowed five more goals and made two stops. Kelly replaced Menghetti as the starter in the Drexel game, making four saves. The Dukes travel to William and Mary on Friday to continue CAA play... Delaware racked up two nice conference wins this week, defeating Old Dominion, 9-8, and William & Mary, 15-11. Freshman Stephanie Allen got the game-winner against the Monarchs with just two seconds remaining, boosting the Blue Hens to an unexpected victory over an ODU team that handled No. 9 Virginia just two days before. Allen went from good to great in the W&M game, rattling off six goals to give Delaware an 2-0 start in the CAA and a 6-5 record overall... Drexel had a rough week, dropping three games. The Dragons fell to Lehigh, 11-6, and then lost an overtime game to CAA opponent George Mason, 13-11. Drexel also came up short against No. 18 James Madison, 14-6. The George Mason game featured 11 yellow cards, four in OT. The Dragons host Delaware on Friday, and then hit the road for three games against CAA opponents Towson, William and Mary and Old Dominion... George Mason split a pair of overtime games last week. The Patriots defeated Drexel, 13-11. Sophomore attacker Madalyn Jamison had five goals, including the game winner in GMU’s CAA opener. Junior goalie Sarah Longobucco had 15 saves in the win, including three in OT. The Patriots did not fare as well against Hofstra. They fought back from a 6-3 halftime deficit to force overtime on senior attacker Brittany Berger’s hat trick in the final seven minutes of regulation, but couldn’t hold off the Pride in OT and Hofstra won, 12-11. The Patriots play at Old Dominion on Friday and then return to Fairfax for five straight CAA home games... Towson dropped two CAA games last week, to William & Mary, 15-11, and Old Dominion, 10-7. The Tigers dominated virtually every statistical category against Old Dominion, but were frustrated by the Monarchs’ freshman goalie Sarah Geary, who made a career-high 19 saves. Towson travels to Hofstra on April and then hosts Drexel... William & Mary split two CAA games, dropping to 1-1 in conference and 5-6 overall. The Tribe beat Towson, 12-9, but struggled to keep pace with Delaware and fell 15-11. W&M will host James Madison on Friday and travel to George Mason on Sunday.

-- Clare Lochary


Longwood (8-5) convincingly defeated Detroit Mercy (4-6) on Saturday, but fell short 13-10 Tuesday at Virginia Tech. Senior Liz Sellmayer scored a game-high five goals on Saturday, which was Longwood’s senior day. The Titans return to action next Tuesday against Ohio State… Senior Taryn McKenna scored seven goals to lead Villanova (6-6) to its fifth-consecutive victory on Tuesday -- a 19-11 triumph over Long Island University. The five-game winning streak is the longest for the Wildcats since 2002… Davidson lost its fifth consecutive game on Saturday as a second-half surge propelled Navy to a 13-6 victory. Freshmen Anna Smith and Kenna Mugele each scored two goals for the Wildcats (5-7) in the loss. Davidson will end its four-game road swing with a game at American on Sunday…Le Moyne (5-7) snapped a three-game skid Sunday afternoon, coming from behind in overtime to knock off Bucknell 10-9. Sophomore Nerissa Barzee netted a career-high five goals, including the game-winner, to lead the Dolphins. Tuesday’s game against Binghamton was postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up on Wednesday… Presbyterian recorded its second victory of the season, notching an 18-8 win over Fresno State on Sunday in a neutral site affair. The 18 goals were a school record for the Blue Hose (2-9)… Howard (0-9) fell to UC Davis, 21-2, on Monday, but Sakita Holley was named the women's lacrosse Independent Player of the Week. She had a career-best 11 goals last week versus Wilmington and netted three goals in a decision against Longwood.

-- Steven Russolillo


No. 15 Dartmouth won its fourth straight game by scoring six straight goals to finish a 12-8 comeback win over No. 19 Cornell. It hasn’t lost to the Big Red in Hanover, N.H. since 1984. With the win, the Big Green remained tied for first place in the loss column with Penn (4-0) and Princeton (3-0). Dartmouth plays at Penn on Saturday…  Dartmouth was the fourth straight top-20 team that Cornell faced. The Big Red lost all four games and scored a total of 27 goals in that stretch. Their losing streak ended when they beat another nationally-ranked team, No. 18 New Hampshire, 5-3, Monday behind Kristen Reece’s 13 saves. After a four-game losing streak last season, Cornell went 6-2 the rest of the way… Penn ran its record to 10-0 with an 18-9 win over Harvard. In addition to scoring four goals, Emma Spiro held the Ivy League’s leading scorer, Jess Halpern, scoreless and caused her to have four turnovers. Spiro also had five draw controls. Ali DeLuca’s goal just before the half completed a 5-0 run for a 9-4 halftime lead for Penn. The Quakers have a big week upcoming with Dartmouth visiting Saturday and then No. 7 Princeton next Wednesday… Harvard hosted another top-10 team when it lost, 13-9, to No. 9 Virginia on Sunday. Jess Halpern scored four of the Crimson’s six second-half goals. Freshman goalie Kerry Clark’s 10 saves marked her fifth double-digit save performance. The Crimson play at Princeton on Saturday in their third straight game against a top-10 team… Princeton’s Lizzy Drumm had five goals, as the offense remained red-hot with a 15-6 win at Yale on Saturday. It was the third straight game in which the Tigers have scored 15 goals, the longest such stretch for them since 2004. Drumm has paced the goal-scorers this season with 24. Princeton is 7-0 this season when it has more shots and more draw controls than its opponents… Yale’s loss was its fifth in six games. The Bulldogs have not won an Ivy contest this season, but ended a four-game losing streak when Jenna Block had eight assists in a 15-7 win over Holy Cross last Wednesday. The 15 goals were just four shy of what Yale has scored in all four of its Ivy games combined… Brown’s 9-0 run over 21:11 in the second half helped them top Columbia for its second Ivy win. The win snapped a two-game losing streak. It was their 12th straight win over Columbia and raised their overall record above .500. Coupled with Tuesday's win over Bryant, the Bears are now 6-4… Columbia has five players with at least 10 goals, and 10 players have at least one goal this season. Rachael Ryan led the Lions with four goals in their loss to Brown. She and Brittany Shannon were the only Columbia players to score in the second half against the Bears. The Lions have lost five straight after opening with five straight wins. Columbia is still looking for its first Ivy win since the 2005 season.

-- Justin Feil


The Easter week schedule is light, with one game on Wednesday and one on Friday. Fairfield is the lone squad to have clinched a playoff spot. A Canisius win over Niagara on Wednesday puts the Golden Griffins in. Manhattan has the upper hand in its chase, owning the tie-break over pursuers Marist and Niagara, and with one league match remaining against last-place Siena on April 17. A Marist win over Niagara on April 17 will likely wrap up the final spot. Iona and Siena are out of playoff contention... Canisius senior Ashley Gray was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week. Gray had a career-best six goals and two assists in a 19-7 win over Iona on Friday. She had five goals and one helper in a 17-7 win over Manhattan on Sunday – Canisius has won three of the last four meetings. Gray has 133 career goals, four shy of Whitney Card’s school mark. MAAC Defensive Player of the Week Allison Daley made 20 total stops, and was especially strong in the second half of both contests. Chelsea Martinez had four goals against Iona and five against Manhattan, giving her 105 career goals and a team-high 42 this year. She also set the Canisius record for 116 career draw controls and tied the single-season mark of 48. Junior Brett Poissant posted two hat tricks. The Golden Griffins (7-7, 3-0 MAAC) travel to local rival Niagara on Wednesday – a Canisius win clinches a playoff spot. The Griffs then have off until the first-place showdown at Fairfield on April 17... Fairfield (10-2, 4-0) posted wins over Marist (18-12 on Friday) and Siena (17-8 on Sunday), running its win streak to 10 matches. Fairfield used a run of seven goals to build a 13-5 lead on Marist. Rebecca White (1a) and Kristen Coleman each had five goals. Fairfield led Siena 3-2 before scoring the next 10 goals. Coleman (1a) and Abbey Goodwin each had three goals. Lauren Chatnik made eight stops in 54-plus minutes. White leads the team with 42 goals. Coleman leads with 15 assists and 52 points. Kelly Barnes leads with 31 draw controls. The Stags host Holy Cross on Tuesday and Long Island on April 15... Iona (3-10, 1-4) lost 14-12 at Manhattan on Wednesday, fell 19-7 at Canisius on Friday and won 13-7 at Niagara on Sunday. Colleen Magri made 18 saves and Chrsitie Godlewski had a career-high six goals against Manhattan. Caitlyn Collins scored four against Canisius. Elizabeth Coholan had three goals against Niagara, and leads the team with 31 tallies. Godlewski leads with 15 assists and 42 points. Amber Zimmerlink leads with 29 ground balls. The Gaels host Bryant next Tuesday... Manhattan freshman midfielder Chrissy Gutenberger was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week. She had four goals in a 14-12 win over visiting Iona on Wednesday, six tallies in a 17-3 rout at Niagara on Friday and two goals in a 17-7 loss at Canisius on Sunday. Gutenberger leads the team with 39 goals and 47 points. Tied at 10, Manhattan scored four of the last six goals against Iona. Phelicia VanOverbeke leads the team with 12 assists. Elizabeth Dugan leads the team with 27 draw controls. The Jaspers (8-4, 3-2) host Central Connecticut State next Tuesday... Marist (7-3, 2-2) sits in fourth place following its 18-12 loss at Fairfield on Friday. Stephanie Garland posted five goals, with Erin Wilson and Carolyn Sumcizk contributing three points each. Garland leads the team with 37 goals, 10 assists and 47 points. Cristin Begley also has 10 helpers. Only Niagara can catch Marist, though, for the final playoff spot, and those two teams play in Poughkeepsie on April 17. Marist hosts Colgate on Tuesday in a rematch of the 2008 NCAA tournament play-in game. Colgate won that playoff, 19-18, in Hamilton. The Red Foxes travel to Bucknell next Tuesday prior to the Niagara meeting... Niagara dropped a pair of home contests to Manhattan (17-3 on Friday) and to Iona (13-7 on Sunday). Rianne Farrugia had three goals and Vanessa Schultz had two against Iona. Schultz leads the team with 21 goals. Courtney Formato leads with 25 points, 28 ground balls and 32 draw controls. Leigh Downing leads with eight assists. The Manhattan game was the first night home match in Niagara history, played in driving rains and high winds. The Purple Eagles face a must-win game against visiting Canisius on Wednesday... Siena (6-5, 0-4) remained winless in league play and was eliminated from playoff contention with its 17-8 loss to visiting Fairfield on Sunday. Courtney Highsmith scored three goals. Lindsey Rosecrans leads the team with 34 goals, 13 assists, 47 points, 49 ground balls and 39 draw controls. The Saints play at local rival Albany on Tuesday, then host St. Bonaventure on Friday and Boston College next Tuesday.

-- Ken McMillan


Stanford did not play last week. The Cardinal will resume its schedule Friday against MPSF rival Denver. Stanford currently leads the league with a 4-0 conference record... Oregon dealt Denver its first MPSF regular season loss in almost three years with an 11-9 win on Sunday. On a blustery, snowy day in Denver, goalie Anna Poponyak made 11 saves and sophomore Alex Breiner led the Ducks with four goals and an assist in the program’s first-ever win over DU. The victory in Denver spoiled senior day for the Pioneers; hopefully Oregon will fare better on its own senior day Saturday against Virginia Tech... Cal was flattened by the Northwestern steamroller, falling 21-4 to the defending national champs in Chicago on Sunday. The loss took the air out of a record-setting win against MPSF foe St. Mary’s, in which the Bears scored a program-high 22 goals in a 22-13 win. Senior attacker Sam Price led all scorers with four goals and three assists, and five other Bears each scored a hat trick. The win over the Gaels snapped a five game losing streak. Cal’s record is currently 5-8, with two more regular season games to play versus Stanford and Oregon... Denver senior Karen Morton broke two DU records, but it wasn’t quite enough to hold off Oregon, as DU fell 11-9 to the Ducks. Despite Morton’s three goals (to combine for a program-high 232 career goals) and six caused turnovers (a program-high 99 career CTs), Oregon built a 5-1 lead in the first half that Denver could never erase. The MPSF regular season loss – the Pioneers’ first since 2006 – came on the heels of a narrow 11-10 victory over Cal. DU must now regroup for three straight road games against conference opponents Stanford, UC Davis and Fresno State... UC Davis suffered a heartbreaking, OT loss to Villanova when Wildcat Taylor Lucy scored with 23 seconds remaining in the second OT period to lift Villanova to an 11-10 win on Sunday. Sophomore goalie Alyssa Cranska made 16 saves in the loss, including two in overtime, and classmate Christina Corsa had four goals and two assists. The Aggies rebounded from the loss with a 21-2 rout of Howard on Monday. Britt Farquharson led the rout against the Bison with four goals and an assist. Farquharson, a Canadian transfer from Longwood, currently leads her team with 31 goals on the season... St. Mary’s got its first MPSF win of the season with a 17-4 victory over first-year program Fresno State. It was the Gaels’ first conference win since beating UC Davis, 12-8, on Feb. 18, 2006, snapping a 24-game, in-conference losing streak. PJ Hainley led all scorers with four goals and an assist... Fresno State’s loss to St. Mary’s put the Bulldogs at 0-9. Fresno State showed some signs of improvement – the first-year program trailed by just 6-4 at the half, its smallest halftime margin to date. Additionally, 578 fans showed up for senior day to honor the seven graduating players.

-- Clare Lochary


Carissa Hauser had a 10-point day (6g, 4a) and Chelsea Wagner (13 saves) shut down Robert Morris' potent offense as Sacred Heart beat the Colonials 15-4 on Friday. SHU followed that up with a win over St. Francis (Pa.) and sits atop the NEC standings at 4-0 with big games against Monmouth and Mt. St. Mary's coming up this week… Quinnipiac improved to 7-2 overall by drilling Mount St. Mary's 19-5 on Sunday. The Bobcats scored their 19 goals on just 27 shots and Hannah Nelson made 14 saves to pace the defense… Ali Pollock set a school record with eight assists in Monmouth's 21-5 win over Central Connecticut on Sunday. Pollock added three goals, and her 11 points tied the school's single-game record. The Hawks prep for Saturday's big game against Sacred Heart with a tough game against state rival Rutgers today… Mount St. Mary's had its four game-winning streak snapped with the loss to Quinnipiac on Sunday. The Mount scored the first goal of the game, but then went scoreless over a 20-minute stretch as Quinnipiac pulled to an 8-1 lead to put the game away… Stephanie John had six draw controls in Central Connecticut's loss to Monmouth, setting a new school career record with 105. Earlier in the week she had five goals in a loss to Mount St. Mary's… Wagner hosts Long Island and Mount St. Mary's this weekend. A win in either game would give Wagner four wins for the season, passing last year's total of three… Robert Morris bounced back from its loss to Sacred Heart with an easy 18-6 win over Long Island. Ashley Levering ranked second in the country in assists as of last week, trailing only Northwestern's Hannah Nielsen, and now has 32 for the year… Long Island lost a shootout to Villanova on Tuesday. The two teams combined for 19 first-half goals, and Villanova eventually won 19-11. The game had been tied at 7-7 before 'Nova scored the final five goals of the first half. LIU goes to Wagner on Thursday looking for its third conference win of the season... St. Francis has a busy week ahead. The Red Flash host St. Mary's (Calif.) today, Quinnipiac tomorrow and Central Connecticut on Sunday.

-- Brian Logue


American freshman attacker Lauren Schoenberger scored a career-high four goals in a 19-11 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday... Although Bucknell suffered a 10-9 overtime loss at Le Moyne on Sunday, the Bison have turned their attention to a first-place PL showdown with Colgate this Saturday.  Both teams currently sport records of 4-0... Colgate outshot  Lafayette and featured 11 different goal scorers, including three each from midfielders Meghan Lawler and Ashley Didio, en route to a 20-3 victory... Holy Cross sophomore Meg O’Leary was named the PL Offensive Player of the Week, scoring five goals and adding six assists for 11 points in two games.  She scored three goals against Yale last Tuesday. On Saturday, she notched two goals and six assists for a career-best eight points in an 11-10 double-overtime win over Lehigh.  Her six assists tied the school’s single-game record set by Erin Rowse against Albany on March 21, 2000...  Lafayette junior goalkeeper Emily Bjork made 13 saves in a loss at Colgate on Saturday... Lehigh saw its six-game win streak fall in a heartbreaking 11-10 loss at Holy Cross in triple overtime.  Sophomore attacker Lauren Dykstra scored four goals in the effort... Navy freshman Dani Vivonetto scored seven seconds into Saturday’s contest against Davidson -- setting an NCAA record for the fastest goal ever to start a game. The previous record of eight seconds had occurred on three occasions, most recently by Cornell’s Courtney Farrell in 2007.

-- Andy Krauss

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