April 15, 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 (10-3, 4-0 AE) continued to roll last week with wins at Boston College and at Vermont. BU is currently on an eight-game winning streak after it lost three games against ranked opponents in early March. The No. 11 Terriers have clinched a berth in the America East tournament and need just one more win to clinch a share of the regular season title and home field advantage in the conference tournament. BU hosts Binghamton on Saturday... UMBC (8-7, 3-2 AE) survived two close games last week to move above .500 in both overall and conference play. The Retrievers won at American, 11-10 on Wednesday and at Albany, 9-6, on Saturday. Seven players for UMBC have at least 20 points this season, including Kara Dorr, who is sixth in the conference with 44 points through 14 games. The Retrievers host Le Moyne on Saturday in their final home game of the season... Albany (8-7, 3-2 AE) narrowly defeated cross-town rival Siena on Tuesday, 11-10, before Saturday's loss against the Retrievers. The UMBC loss snapped the second three-game winning streak from the Great Danes this season and was also Albany's final regular season home game of the year. Albany's final conference game is at Stony Brook on Saturday... New Hampshire (9-6, 2-2 AE) lost two games last week against nationally ranked teams before routing Le Moyne on Saturday, 17-5. The No. 19 Wildcats lead the conference in shots on goal per game, with an average of nearly 25 shots on net in their first 15 games. New Hampshire will play an important conference game against Vermont on Saturday.. Vermont (7-6, 2-2 AE) opened conference play 2-0 but has since lost two consecutive conference games, including last week's 12-9 loss to Boston University. Catamounts standout Kristen Millar remains tied with Vanessa Cox atop Vermont's all time goals scoring list after being held scoreless against BU. Millar will look to take sole possession of the record on Saturday against the Wildcats... Stony Brook (4-10, 1-3 AE) earned its first conference win of the year against Binghamton on Saturday. Senior midfielder Kaitlin Leggio was named conference player of the week with two goals and three assists against Binghamton. The win also snapped the Seawolves' six-game losing streak. Stony Brook hosts Albany in its final home game of the season on Saturday... Binghamton (3-10, 0-4 AE) remained winless in the conference after the loss against Stony Brook, but the Bearcats also snapped a seven-game losing streak last week with a 12-11 overtime win against Le Moyne. Freshman Lis Zuern scored a career-high five goals against LeMoyne, including one to tie the game at the end of regulation and the game winner in overtime. The Bearcats face BU on Saturday.

-- J. Jude Hazard


How's this for a contrast? Johns Hopkins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 19-0 win against first-year program Fresno State before turning around Tuesday to lose to undefeated No. 3 Maryland... Hillary Bowen's torn ACL has opened up opportunities for Northwestern's rising stars. In the Wildcats' win against Penn State on Sunday, freshman Jessica Russo netted a goal -- just her fourth of the year - in her first career start... One of six Ohio State players honored before Senior Day, Rachel Dawes made the moment count with a career-high five goals in the Buckeyes' 15-13 win against Vanderbilt on Sunday. The effort could help extend Dawes' career, as the win gave a big boost to Ohio State's at-large hopes for the NCAA tournament... Scrappy Penn State leads the ALC and ranks 12th in the nation by scooping 21 ground balls per game. And the Nittany Lions spread them out -- five players have between 23 and 26 ground balls on the season... Vanderbilt missed a chance to all but lock up an at-large bid with a narrow, 15-13, loss against Ohio State, dropping its ALC record to 2-2. But Wednesday provides a chance to pick up a big nonconference win at home against No. 8 Notre Dame.

-- Daniel Malloy


Duquesne remains at the top of the A-10 in points per game at 17.00. The Dukes create plenty of chances. They are also tied for first in draw controls per game (13.14). Meghan Frederick leads the league in points per game (4.43) and assists per game (2.57). Ashley Wood is often rightly touted as a top goal scorer, but she also leads the A-10 in caused turnovers per game (1.79)… St. Joseph’s Suzy Herlihy leads A-10 goalies in goals against average (8.37), more than two goals per game better than the runner-up, and save percentage (.539). The senior is the only A-10 goalie who stops better than 50 percent of shots. Jenna Martino has doubled her assist total of a year ago and now has 44 goals and 16 assists to place second among A-10 point scorers… Jackie Lyons leads Massachusetts in scoring with 30 goals, a 21-goal improvement over last year’s freshman season. Her most important jump is to six game-winning goals. She did not have one last year. Holly Drown’s three goals in Massachusetts’ win over Temple extended her scoring streak to 14 games. Katie Florence is a leading contender for Rookie of the Year. The goalie picked up her second weekly rookie honor and ranks second in goals against average, save percentage and saves per game. Meghan Reddy leads the A-10 in draw controls per game (3.71)… St. Bonaventure remains at the top of the A-10 in goals per game, led by the league’s top goal scorer, Molly Hastrich. The junior attacker was named the A-10 Player of the Week and now has 54 goals this season after scoring six in a loss to Duquesne. The Dukes stopped their three-game winning streak Monday. The Bonnies have won every game in which they’ve held opponents under 11 goals. It’s too bad they won’t make the A-10 tournament hosted by Temple. They are 3-0 at neutral sites… George Washington’s Taylor Donohue had four goals and two assists in a 21-12 loss to Richmond. The six points enabled the junior attacker to become the seventh Colonial to reach 100 career points. Donohue and freshman Sarah Phillips are part of a balanced attack. Donohue has 25 goals and 22 assists. Phillips has 14 goals and 14 assists… La Salle had lost three straight going into the final game of a four-game road trip Tuesday at Lafayette. Stef McKee has scored at least two goals in three of the Explorers' last four games. Nora McGurkin ranks second in A-10 ground balls, fourth in draw controls and seventh in assists per game. Nicole McCurdy ranks second in caused turnovers per game (1.67). La Salle needs one win in its last three games to at least equal its five-win total of 2006… Temple’s Jessica Colucci leads the A-10 in saves per game with 10.17 and in ground balls at 2.58. The Owls have three of the top six players in ground balls. Jennifer Homka is second (2.10) and Tracy Zimmer is tied for fourth (2.00). The Owls rallied to beat Villanova in a nonconference game Tuesday for their second win in three games after an 0-10 start. Temple is the least penalized team in the A-10 with just 12.17 fouls per game… Richmond’s 21 goals in its win over George Washington were a season high. The Spiders came up one goal short of their single-game record set against Old Dominion in 2006. They had 10 scorers against the Colonials. Allison Furstenburg had four goals and four assists in her biggest performance of the season. The Spiders lead the A-10 in draw controls per game (13.14) and shooting percentage (.457). Freshman Caitlin Fifield is second in draw controls at 3.14 per game.

-- Justin Feil


Duke rebounded from a loss to Northwestern by taking down Boston College 14-9 on Saturday on the road. Carolyn Davis had six goals in the game. BC got off to a hot start, going up 3-0 and 4-2. But Duke then reeled off an 8-2 run.. In the 13-8 loss to Maryland on Saturday, North Carolina was outshot 35-18, including 18-6 in the second half. The Tar Heels turned the ball over 18 times to the Terps’ 11 turnovers. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Tar Heels. Megan Bosica has 26 goals and 17 goals on the season... Virginia had a nice relaxing week, since its last game was April 5. But the Cavaliers were back in the action and mounted 20 goals in a win Tuesday against George Mason, preceding a matchup with No. 1 Northwestern on Sunday in Charlottesville to finish off the regular season. UVA has won all 11 contests it has played against George Mason... Freshman Kari Ellen Johnson has had a nice season at Maryland, to state the obvious. Going into Tuesday's game against Johns Hopkins (a Terps victory), Johnson had a whopping 50 goals (tops on the team by 18) to go along with 49 draw controls. She scored four in the showdown against North Carolina on Saturday to earn ACC Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. Maryland has never failed to score in double digits this season, and they’ve been held under 13 goals only once. The Terps will play Virginia Tech on Saturday to try to complete a perfect regular season. They’ve already clinched the ACC regular season championship... Virginia Tech went all the way out to Eugene, Ore., only to lose 15-10 to Oregon on Saturday. Rachel Culp now has 51 goals for the season. She’s just the second player in school history to break the 50-goal mark in a season. Senior keeper Kari Morrison had 14 saves against the Ducks... Boston College finished the regular season winless in the ACC after losing to Duke on Saturday. The Eagles gave up four free-position goals to Duke in the loss.

-- Jesse Baumgartner


Cincinnati (5-8 overall, 0-5 Big East) will honor lone senior Lindsey Marshall on Wednesday night, when the Bearcats host Louisville. Marshall has 27 goals and three assists this year. Cincy closes conference play on Saturday at No. 6 Georgetown, then wraps up with nonleague games against Le Moyne and Detroit. … Connecticut (2-12, 2-4) endured a tough shooting day in Saturday’s 11-6 loss to Rutgers. The Huskies scored all six of their goals in the first half, and failed to convert on any of their 12 second-half shot attempts. UConn was just 3-for-16 on free position shots. … Georgetown (10-3, 5-0) can clinch the top seed for the conference tournament with a win over Loyola on Wednesday. The Hoyas will host the tourney on April 24 and 26. … Louisville (7-5, 1-4), which honored lone senior Jen Heup before Saturday’s 15-11 loss to Georgetown, showed the brightness of their future by hanging with the Hoyas. They trailed 6-1 early, closed to within 12-9 before Georgetown answered with a pair of free-position shots. The Cardinals could play role of spoiler on Saturday at No. 16 Loyola (9-4, 2-3), which is in the hunt for the fourth berth to the conference tournament. The Greyhounds need to beat Georgetown on Wednesday and Louisville on Saturday, coupled with a Rutgers loss to Notre Dame, to earn that berth. In the event of a tie, head-to-head matchup decides the tiebreaker. Loyola sophomore midfielder Cara Filippelli was named the conference defensive player of the week Monday for the third time this season. … No. 10 Notre Dame (11-3, 4-2) has lost its two conference games by a total of three goals, including Saturday’s 14-13 loss at No. 8 Syracuse. The Irish trailed 11-1 with 11:05 left in the first half and 12-3 at halftime before storming back. Notre Dame is now 0-6 against the Orange, its likely first-round opponent in the Big East semifinals. … Rutgers (7-8, 3-3) can clinch a berth in the conference tournament with a win at home Saturday against Syracuse, or with a Loyola loss to either Georgetown or Louisville. Rutgers would get the fourth seed over Loyola in a tiebreaker scenario based on its 12-11 head-to-head win on March 27. Defender Karie McGuire has 19 caused turnovers to just six turnovers on the season for the Scarlet Knights. … For Syracuse, senior Katie Rowan was named the conference player of the week Monday after scoring four goals and handing out two assists in the win over Notre Dame. Rowan leads the conference in scoring at 5.46 points per game. Senior Bridget Looney also had a strong game against the Irish, winning seven draw controls and forcing three turnovers.

-- Brian Delaney


Old Dominion posted two thrilling CAA wins this week, defeating George Mason, 12-11, and No. 20 James Madison, 11-8, in overtime. The Monarchs built a 7-2 early lead against the Patriots, and had to hold off a GMU rally to preserve the win. Junior attacker Ashley Kellogg scored five goals, including the game winner, while senior Kelly Kimener had four goals. Senior Jessica Noone had only one goal and one assist against George Mason, but posted a breakout game in the OT win versus James Madison. Noone scored five goals, including a game-winning penalty shot, in ODU's win over James Madison.  This week's wins mark the first time the Lady Monarchs have swept these two in-state rivals since 2003. Freshman goalie Sarah Geary (.510 sv%) combined for 19 saves in the two games and was named CAA Rookie of the Week for the second time in a row. Old Dominion's record is currently 9-3, and has secured a winning record for the first time since 2003... Delaware suffered its first CAA loss last week, falling to Hofstra, 8-6, after defeating Drexel, 7-3. Emily Schaknowski and Julianna Jeffers led the Blue Hens with two goals a piece in the Hofstra game, but Delaware struggled to find a consistent way to score and were troubled by 30 fouls (including seven yellow cards). The loss to the Pride knocked the Blue Hens out of sole possession of first place in the CAA standings. Delaware hits the road this weekend for a pair of CAA games at James Madison and George Mason... Drexel dropped two CAA games this week, losing to Delaware (7-3) and Towson 17-12). The Dragons attack struggled against Delaware - no player managed more than one goal or one assist, and the entire team combined for only 13 shots. Against Towson, the Dragons quadrupled their offensive output, led by Katie Lawson (4g). The score was 7-6 in favor of Towson at the break, before the Tigers scored six answered goals in the second half to put the game out of reach. After an 8-1 start to their season, the Dragons are now on a five-game losing streak heading into a road trip to Virginia to play William & Mary and Old Dominion... George Mason lost two games to conference rivals this week, falling to Old Dominion, 12-11, and William & Mary, 17-16, in overtime. The OT loss to the Tribe, in which GMU led by as much as 7-1 and Megan Udovich tied a career high with six goals, was the Patriots' third one-goal loss in a row.  George Mason followed up the two narrow losses with another defeat, falling 21-8 to No. 10 Virginia. The Patriots will resume conference play on Friday, hosting Towson... No. 20 Hofstra defeated Delaware, 8-6, led by junior attacker Ashley Jones' four goals and one assist. The Pride also fell to Towson, 13-11, in overtime. The loss to the Tigers was Hofstra's third OT game in a row, after defeating James Madison and George Mason. The Pride (3-1) is now in a four-way tie for first place in the CAA along with Delaware, William & Mary and Old Dominion... James Madison suffered through a tough week, dropping two games in OT. The Dukes lost to William & Mary, 14-13, after building a 12-9 lead with just 4:09 to play. The Tribe stormed back with four unanswered goals, and James Madison needed Jamie Dardine's goal with 58 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, where they eventually lost on Sarah Jonson's gamewinner. James Madison's 11-8 loss to Old Dominion was a similar tale - the Dukes led by as many as four before the Monarchs scored three unanswered goals to force overtime, and then got the game-winner on Jessica Noone's free position shot as time expired in the first overtime period. James Madison, now 5-8 overall and 0-3 in confernece, next faces CAA rival Delaware on Friday for Senior Day... Towson tallied two league victories, downing Hofstra, 13-11, in overtime and Drexel, 17-12. Junior attacker Jacie Kendall scored the second overtime goal for the Tigers, extending her point-scoring streak to 16 games, and Nikki Marcinik tallied a career-high seven goals against Drexel and five more against Hofstra. The junior middie is just the 20th player in school history to reach 100 career points. The Tigers face George Mason on Friday and James Madison on Sunday, both on the road... William & Mary posted two overtime victories last week, keeping them in the hunt for the top spot in the CAA. The Tribe defeated James Madison, 14-13, under the steam of sophomore midfielder Grace Golden, who put up six goals and assisted Sarah Jonson's game-winner with half a second remaining on the clock in overtime. Golden was named CAA Player of the Week for her efforts. William & Mary has now defeated James Madison five consecutive times; three of those games were in OT. Golden had a big game versus George Mason as well, contributing four goals, including the game-winner, in the 17-16 overtime win. W&M faces Drexel and Hofstra this weekend.

-- Clare Lochary


Villanova's five-game winning streak came to an end on Tuesday as the Wildcats (6-7) dropped a 12-11 home game to Temple. The Owls scored the game's last three goals over the final 17:23 to rally for the one-goal victory. Villanova returns to action Friday and will host fellow Independent Longwood (8-5), who was idle this week... Davidson suffered its sixth consecutive loss on Sunday, falling to American 9-5. Haley Cook scored two goals and senior Callie Seymour notched the Wildcats lone assist. Ever since winning five of its first seven games, injuries have decimated Davidson (5-8), which hasn't scored in double figures during the losing streak... Detroit Mercy wrapped up its home season on Tuesday with a 21-4 loss to No. 15 Ohio State. The Titans (4-7), who were led by Emily Boissonneault's three goals, will conclude its season at Cincinnati on April 27... Le Moyne dropped its second in a row, falling to No. 18 New Hampshire 17-5 on Saturday. Freshman Kelly Fucillo had 12 saves for the Dolphins (5-9), who return to action on April 18 at UMBC... Presbyterian was off this week after earning an 18-8 victory against Fresno State on March 29. The Blue Hose will conclude their season on Tuesday when they host Davidson... Howard finally notched its first win of the season, defeating Fresno State 11-9 on Saturday. Senior Sakita Holley scored four of her five goals in the first period for the Bison (1-10), while senior Ashlee Brown had three first-half goals. Howard returns to action on Monday at Navy.

-- Steven Russolillo


Penn is set to host Princeton on Wednesday in a matchup between the lone unbeatens with first place in the Ivy League on the line. The Quakers improved to 11-0 with a 7-6 overtime win over Dartmouth. Becca Edwards, who was lost to a season-ending knee injury last year, provided the game-winner and won the opening draw in the second overtime. She was named Ivy Offensive Player of the Week. The Quakers are 7-0 at home… Princeton caused 16 turnovers in its 17-5 win over Harvard to improve to 10-1 overall. Marie McKenna caused four of those turnovers and led a Tigers defense that limited Harvard’s top three scorers to just two shots and one free-position goal. Holly McGarvie leads Princeton in points, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers. The Tigers have won eight straight. Penn has won the showdown in each of the last two years…  Despite Dartmouth’s loss, Julie Wadland earned Ivy Defensive Player of the Week honors for stopping 12 shots against Penn and holding the Quakers to a season-low seven goals. Wadland has a 5.37 goals against average in Ivy play. The Big Green hosts Harvard on Wednesday followed by a Princeton team that could ultimately re-tie things atop the Ivy standings. The Big Green would need to beat the Tigers after Princeton defeats Penn… Michele Fiorentino’s first career goal for Yale sparked a four-goal run in the Bulldogs’ 12-6 win over Columbia. Augusta Hixon had her first career assist in Yale’s first Ivy win. It was the third straight game in which Yale has won the majority of draw controls. The Bulldogs did so just twice in their first nine games. Ariana Papier has scored in four straight games, including three goals against the Lions, since returning from an early season injury… Cornell’s game Wednesday at Syracuse is another chance to impress the selection committee. The Big Red climbed to 17th in the latest poll after a 12-9 win over Brown. It defeated No. 19 New Hampshire in the prior game. Kristen Reese has posted a 6.00 goals against average and .647 save percentage in the back-to-back wins. Cornell needs wins in its final two Ivy games to post its eighth winning conference record in 10 years… Brown ranks second in the Ivies in shots per game, but the Bears would have liked more accuracy in their loss to Cornell. Lauren Vitkus continues to do a little of everything for the Bears. She scored three goals against Cornell. She leads Brown with 23 ground balls, 20 draw controls and sits second with 12 caused turnovers. Molly McCarthy (1.44) and Kaela McGilloway (1.00) rank third and sixth respectively in Ivy assists per game… Columbia’s Brittany Shannon has picked up her scoring pace this season. She has 33 goals and seven assists to date, already two goals ahead and two goals away from last year’s totals. She had a pair of goals in the 12-6 loss to Yale. Rachael Ryan had three goals and three assists in a 19-11 win over Bryant. The senior co-captain also had two ground balls and two caused turnovers… Harvard plays at No. 13 Dartmouth on Wednesday, its fourth straight nationally ranked opponent. The Big Green has won the last 12 meetings against Harvard. Ellen Gleason and Delia Pais scored their first career goals in their loss to Princeton. Tyler Petropulos leads Harvard with 24 ground balls, 28 draw controls and 13 caused turnovers. Kaitlin Martin moved into fourth on Harvard’s all-time scoring list. The senior is 17th among active Division I career points leaders.

-- Justin Feil


Canisius (8-7, 4-0 MAAC) clinched its third  MAAC playoff berth with a 20-11 win at Niagara in the annual Battle of the Bridge contest. It also allowed the Canisius athletics program to clinch the Canal Cup between the two schools. Canisius also scored 20 against Fresno State on Feb. 16, in Denver. MAAC Offensive Player of the Week Chelsea Martinez scored six goals to raise her league-leading total to 48, five shy of the school record. Ashley Gray scored four times and Brett Poissant had three. Poissant has 13 goals and one assist in the past three games. MAAC Rookie of the Week Ashley Curtis had two goals and two assists against the Eagles. Martinez leads the league with 3.60 draw controls per game. Sarah Podlesh leads all goaltenders with a 4.87 goals against average, but has only played 147 minutes. MAAC Defensive Player of the Week Marissa Brown had seven ground balls and forced seven turnovers against Niagara -- she ranks third nationally with 2.73 caused turnovers per match, and the team ranks fifth (11.8). Canisius was 5-3 at home this season. The Griffins play at Fairfield Friday and at Marist on Sunday... Fairfield (11-2, 4-0) closes the regular season with three home games: Wednesday against Long Island; the MAAC showdown with Canisius on Friday; and Niagara visits on Sunday. The Stags are 5-1 at home. Kristen Coleman leads the MAAC with 1.23 assists per game. The Stags have scored at least 15 goals in their past five games, averaging 18 tallies while allowing 8.2. Nationally, the Stags rank sixth in offense (15.54), eighth in ground balls (21.46) and ninth in scoring margin (plus 5.54)... Iona (4-10, 1-4) posted its second win in a row, a 20-10 decision over visiting Bryant on Tuesday. Christie Godlewski (3g) had a season-high eight points. Casey Scully, Lisa Baron and Kerry Thompson each scored four times. Colleen Magri made 12 stops. Iona also scored 20 at Long Island on March 24. Godlewski ranks 14th in the nation in draw controls (3.38 per game). Iona finished 2-7 on the road. The Gaels host Siena on Sunday in the season finale, and Iona avoids last place with a victory... Manhattan (9-4, 3-2) won 10-6 at Central Connecticut on Tuesday night. Freshman Chrissy Gutenberger had four goals with Caralyn Hickey and Phelicia VanOverbeke adding three apiece. Allison Browne made 12 stops. Julia Lavelle is tied with Fairfield's Rebecca White for the MAAC lead with four game-winning goals. Brown leads the league with four ground balls per game. Keri Morrison leads the league with 2.83 forced turnovers per match. The Jaspers would likely wrap up the No. 3 playoff seed with a win over visiting Siena on Friday. Manhattan plays at St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday... Marist (8-4, 2-2) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 14-9 win at Bucknell on Tuesday. Cristin Begley had four goals. Freshman Kelsey Thoms made 10 saves for her eighth win of the season. Stephanie Garland leads the MAAC with 3.82 goals and 4.73 points per game. The Red Foxes host Niagara Friday, Canisius on Sunday and play at Binghamton next Tuesday. A win over Niagara would wrap up the final playoff spot; should the Red Foxes lose to the Purple Eagles, Marist must beat Canisius and have Niagara lose to Fairfield to earn the semifinal berth... Niagara (4-9, 1-3) lost 20-11 to visiting Canisius in Wednesday's rival showdown. Leigh Downing and Courtney Formato each had three goals. Boston College also scored 20 on Niagara, in the Feb. 22 season opener. Niagara was 2-6 at home, losing its last five. Whitney Gill leads all MAAC netminders with 14.2 saves per match, four more than any other goalie, and ranks second in the country. Niagara has the fourth-fewest caused turnovers (4.62) in the nation. The Purple Eagles, losers of seven of their past eight, play at Marist on Friday and at Fairfield on Sunday... Siena (6-8, 0-4) lost a pair of home games to St. Bonaventure (13-9 on Friday) and Boston College (17-8 on Tuesday), marking seven consecutive losses following a promising 6-1 start. Siena won its first three home games this season and lost its last five. Lindsey Rosecrans had four goals against the Bonnies and three points against BC, tying the single-season points record (60) set by Christina Pampalone in 2005. Caitlin Mikel had three goals vs. the Eagles. Rosecrans leads the league with 9.29 shots per game, almost two better than any other player. She also ranks third nationally in ground balls (4.0 per match), with Siena the leading ground ball getter (26.62 per match) in the nation. Siena ranks fourth nationally in caused turnovers (12.0). The Saints play at Manhattan Friday and at Iona Saturday.

-- Ken McMillan


Oregon hosted nonconference foe Virginia Tech on its Senior Day, and came away with a 15-10 win in a dramatic shoot-out. The two teams combined for 25 goals on 72 shots. Ducks senior goal Anna Poponyak set a school record with 18 saves (including the 500th save of her career), while Hokies keeper Kari Morrison put up 14 stops. Sophomore Alex Breiner (3g, 3a) led all scorers, while freshman twins Jana Drummond and Jess Drummond each contributed a hat trick. (Jess Drummond also had one assist.) Senior Ilsa van den Berg had two goals and tied Jen May's mark for career points at 185. Van den Berg will have the chance to break the record during the Ducks' final two two MPSF road games at Cal and St. Mary's... Fresno State concluded its inaugural regular season schedule with an 18-1 home loss to Denver, finishing with an 0-13 record. Senior Chelsea Davis, a former FSU soccer player, scored the one goal on Senior Day. But before the conclusion of its challenging first year of Division I competition, the Bulldogs got the chance to play a competitive game. On Saturday, Fresno State scored a season-high nine goals in an 11-9 loss to Howard. The Bulldogs came within striking distance of their first-ever win thanks to a late four-goal rally that fell just short. Bison goalie Nyla Funderburk's 18 saves held off Fresno State's attack. The Bulldogs were blanked by Johns Hopkins, 19-0, earlier in the week... St. Mary's went 1-2 on an East Coast trip, losing to Navy (16-8) and Duquesne (21-3). But the Gaels sandwiched the losses between a thrilling double overtime win against St. Francis, prevailing 20-19 on freshman attacker Juliet Monroe's goal in the second overtime period. St. Mary's rallied from a six-goal deficit to pull off the win, capped by Monroe's game-winner and senior attacker PJ Hainley's equalizer that forced OT. The Gaels are now 1-1 on the season in overtime, having lost to MPSF rival UC Davis, 14-13, on Feb. 22... Stanford had a triumphant Senior Day, topping Cal, 13-4, to finish its MPSF regular-season slate wiith a perfect 6-0 record. Senior Maris Perlman tied a school record for five caused turnovers. Sophomores Karen Nesbitt and Sarah Flynn each got a hat trick in the win. The Cardinal has two more regular season games at Davidson (4/17) and at North Carolina (4/19) before it hosts the MPSF tournament beginning on April 23... Denver embarked on a three-game MPSF road trip, routing Cal, 18-5, and Fresno State, 18-1, and losing to conference archnemesis Stanford, 17-10. The Pioneers jumped to an early 5-2 lead, but the Cardinal rebounded with an 11-2 run to seal the win... UC Davis pulled within 6-5 against MPSF rival Denver, and then suffered a collapse when the Pioneers reeled off 12 unanswered goals to seal an 18-5 rout of the Aggies. UC Davis fell to 2-4 in conference, with one more league game to play against St. Mary's on Thursday... Cal suffered its second consecutive loss to MPSF rival Stanford, falling 13-4. The Bears struggled offensively -- three of the four goals came on free position shots.

-- Clare Lochary


It’s getting crowded at the top of the NEC standings. Mount St. Mary’s handed Sacred Heart its first conference loss of the season on Thursday and then beat Wagner on Saturday. The 6-1 Mountaineers close league play at Robert Morris on Sunday. Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac are a half-game back in the standings at 5-1… Sacred Heart came back from the loss to the Mount to nip Monmouth 5-4 in triple overtime. Chelsea Wagner made 13 saves in that victory… Quinnipiac stretched its winning streak to six with a 14-11 win over Brown on Tuesday. On Saturday, Nicole Fiore had scored with just two seconds left in overtime to lift Quinnipiac over Robert Morris 12-11… Monmouth controls its own destiny to wrap up the fourth spot for the NEC playoffs. The Hawks are 4-2 in the league and need just one win, either on Friday against Long Island or Sunday against Quinnipiac to secure the final spot. Robert Morris and Wagner are both 3-3, but both lost to Monmouth earlier in the season… Robert Morris’ 12-11 double overtime loss to Quinnipiac was its sixth loss by two goals or less this year. The Colonials are 7-8 even with the close losses… Alice Lee made an NCAA season-high 27 saves as Central Connecticut nipped St. Francis 16-15 on Saturday and then followed that up with a 20-save effort in a 10-6 loss to Manhattan on Tuesday… Wagner has given up 53 goals in its last three games, one of them a win, and is 4-10… Long Island has fared worse than that, giving up 59 goals in consecutive losses to Robert Morris, Villanova and Wagner… Since snapping its 48-game losing streak with a win over Howard earlier this year, St. Francis has dropped eight straight. The Red Flash came close twice last week though, falling to St. Mary’s (Calif.) 20-19 in overtime and then losing 16-15 to Central Connecticut.

-- Brian Logue


American senior attacker Kira Sonberg scored a career-high five goals in the victory, leading the Eagles to a 9-5 win over Davidson on Saturday... Bucknell is a win away from its third 10-win season in school history. The Bison won 13 games in 1997 and 10 in 1998.  Senior midfielder Bonnie Buechel reached the 30-goal plateau for the second time in her career.  She has scored 32 goals in 2009, four shy of her career high, set in 2007.  Buechel now has 117 career goals, fifth-most in program history... Colgate defeated Bucknell, 12-7, on Saturday to clinch the top seed and home-field advantage in next weekend’s PL Tournament.  For their efforts, three Raiders earned PL weekly honors.  Sophomore midfielder Colleen Bubnack was named Defensive Player of the Week after posting four goals, five points, nine groundballs, and nine draw controls in two victories.  Midfielder Courtney Miller was named Rookie of the Week, scoring three goals each against Marist and Bucknell.  Freshman Christina Roa took home Goalkeeper of the Week honors, making four saves in the second halves of each game... Holy Cross sophomore midfielder scored four goals to lead the Crusaders at Lafayette, 9-7 on Saturday afternoon.... Lafayette senior midfielder Kristin Ruminski scored three goals to pace the Leopards in their 9-7 loss to Holy Cross on Saturday. Lafayette turned it around in a big way Tuesday, settling their first win of the season in four overtimes against Lehigh... Lehigh notched a huge 11-7 road win at Navy on Saturday, but suffered a setback Tueday to Lafayette in four overtimes.  Sophomore midfielder Lauren Dykstra and junior attacker Inneke Carmola scored three goals apiece for Lehigh in the Navy win... Navy junior midfielder Erin Rawlick scored nine goals on 13 shots (a .692 percentage) last week.  Against St. Mary’s (Calif.), she recorded her second consecutive seven-point effort (5g, 2a).  The five tallies put Rawlick over the 100-goal mark for her career.  Against Lehigh, she scored four times to lead the Mids attack.

-- Andy Krauss

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