March 7, 2011

CAA Weekly Women's Lacrosse Notebook

from press release

Sarah Jonson - William & Mary
Dallas, Texas/The Hockaday School, Sr., Defender

Jonson had her defensive prowess on full display on Saturday as she recorded a game-high five caused turnovers, just one short of her single-game school record, in the Tribe's 15-11 home victory over Boston U. to move into second place on the program's all-time caused-turnovers list. The senior defender also collected four ground balls to go with three draw controls in anchoring a W&M back line that allowed a season-low 11 goals on the afternoon.

Charlotte Wood - Drexel
Paoli, Pa./Conestoga, Jr., Attacker

Wood equaled a career high set earlier in the season with her team-best six goals on just eight shots in the Dragons' 19-3 rout of Bucknell on Sunday at Vidas Field. The junior attacker, who now has 18 scores on the young season, also scooped a pair of ground balls to go with two caused turnovers against the Bison.

Taelor Salmon - William & Mary
Fort Washington, Md./St. Stephens & St. Agnes, Fr., Attacker

Salmon finished with four goals on six shots in her first career start for W&M on Saturday. The freshman attacker would add one draw control and a ground ball to her stat line in the Tribe's triumph over the Terriers as well.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: After opening up the first two weeks of the season with an 8-7 record, CAA squads earned a 5-6 mark last week. The league is now even at 13-13 (.500) on the year. Five conference teams hold a .500 or better overall record for the second straight week, including James Madison as the league's lone unbeaten. William & Mary joins Drexel above the .500 plateau for the first time in 2011 after holding serve at home against Boston U., while Delaware and Hofstra fell to .500 after their losses last week. George Mason tallied its first win of the season with a victory over George Washington, while Old Dominion and Towson remain in the hunt for their first wins after suffering a pair of setbacks last week.

WRAPPING THE WEEKLY AWARDS: After earning the award the first week of 2011, Drexel junior Charlotte Wood was named CAA Player of the Week for the second time of her career on Monday. W&M senior Sarah Jonson was selected player of the week for the second time in her career and becomes the third Tribe player in as many weeks to receive the nod after classmates Maggie Anderson and Grace Golden did so earlier this season. Tribe teammate Taelor Salmon collects her first career rookie honors this week and is the second W&M player in as many years to garner the award.

IN THE RANKINGS: Four CAA squads were ranked in the 2011 IWLCA/Under Armour Coaches Top 20 poll released on Feb. 28, up one from the three conference teams ranked in the IWLCA preseason poll. JMU led the league with a No. 9 ranking, Towson was tabbed 15th, W&M entered the week at No. 19 and Hofstra rounded out the top 20. The Dukes moved up one to No. 8 in the latest Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Media Poll released on Monday, while the Tribe enters the rankings this week at No. 20.

TEWAARATON WATCH LIST: The CAA had five women's players in Hofstra senior Katie Hertsch, James Madison redshirt sophomore Casey Ancarrow and junior Mary Kate Lomady and William & Mary seniors Grace Golden and Sarah Jonson named to the 2011 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The annual list, which is selected by a committee of college coaches, consists of the nation's top collegiate lacrosse players and will be narrowed down three more times until the top 10 finalists are named in May.

OUTSIDE THE LEAGUE: The CAA improved to 6-0 against Atlantic 10 opponents on the early season with Mason's win over George Washington and William & Mary can push the league's mark against the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) with a win at Oregon this week. James Madison tallied the conference's first victory over an ACC foe with its victory over Virginia Tech, while Hofstra looks to do the same in the Ivy League against Penn.

EARLY-SEASON SURGE: James Madison and William & Mary have each put together a multiple-game winning streak heading into the third week of the season. The Dukes have won three straight after securing wins over Virginia Tech and Fairfield last week, while the Tribe has now rolled to two straight with its victory over visiting Boston U. on Saturday.


DELAWARE (2-2 overall, 0-0 CAA): Delaware falls even on the year after dropping a 13-5 road decision to Rutgers on Saturday. The Hens found themselves down just 5-3 at the half, but the Scarlet Knights came to life with an 8-2 run in the second stanza for the win. Senior midfielder Corinne Drost and freshman attacker Chelsea Fay finished with two goals apiece, while rookie defender Alex Alois forced a trio of caused turnovers. Delaware dominated with a 13-7 edge on draw controls, including three each from Drost and classmate Lindsey Coon. The Hens hit the road for a pair of matchups this week, doing battle with America East foe UMBC on Wednesday before visiting Penn State on Saturday.

DREXEL (3-1 overall, 0-0 CAA): Drexel tallied the program's most single-game goals in two years as it breezed past Bucknell, 19-3, in the team's home-opener on Sunday. The Dragons netted two scores in the opening minute and would never look back from there. Junior midfielder Charlotte Wood continued her strong start to the season against the Bison, tying a career-high six goals on eight shots to bring her total to 18 scores on the year. Junior attacker Jaclyn Klunder dished out a game-high four assists to go with a pair of goals for the Dragons. Senior goalkeeper Whitney Johnson picked up the win, while freshman Amanda Santandrea stepped in for the entire second half to secure a season-high six saves. The Dragons continue their homestand against Binghamton on Sunday.

GEORGE MASON (1-3 overall, 0-0 CAA): The Patriots cruised past George Washington, 17-9, for their first victory of the season on Saturday behind a second-half effort in which they outscored the Colonials 10-5. Three players in sophomore midfielder Caitlin Formato, senior attacker Madalyn Jamison and junior attacker Mary Schwartz finished with hat tricks for Patriots. Mason held a slim 30-29 edge on shots as sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Pastrana shined with 16 saves in the cage. A pair of road games await the Patriots this week, as they match up with top-ranked Maryland on Tuesday before treking northward to take on Boston U. on Saturday.

No. 20 HOFSTRA (2-2 overall, 0-0 CAA): Hofstra suffered a 13-8 setback to in-state foe Albany on Saturday to fall to 2-2 on the year. The Pride got three goals from sophomore attacker Jacie Ardonlino, while midfielder Jill Maier equaled her classmate's team-high three points on two goals and an assist. Junior goalkeeper Jackie Pandolf registered a game-high 11 saves to continue her season-long streak of double-digit saves in each game played. The Pride looks to rebound in its two-game slate this week. The team will match up against nationally-ranked Penn on Wednesday before visiting Rutgers on Saturday.

No. 10 JAMES MADISON (3-0 overall, 0-0 CAA): The No. 10 James Madison moved to 3-0 on the year after handing both Fairfield and nearby Virginia Tech their first losses of 2011. The Dukes edged the Hokies, 11-9, on Wednesday behind junior attacker Ariel Lane's four goals and classmate Caitlin McHugh's three ground balls and three caused turnovers. In Saturday's action, redshirt sophomore attacker Casey Ancarrow lit it up for a game-high three goals on five shots and a team-high three ground balls to go with two assists on the final three goals of a 4-0 run that helped the Dukes seal the victory over the Stags.

OLD DOMINION (0-2 overall, 0-0 CAA): The Lady Monarchs remain in the hunt for their first win of the season after dropping a pair of decisions to Louisville and American. Down 6-3 at intermission, Old Dominion trimmed the lead to two at 9-7 midway through the second half but would get no closer in falling, 12-7, to the Cardinals in the squad's season-opener. Junior midfielder Lisa Bernardini paced the Lady Monarchs with three goals, while redshirt junior goalkeeper Emily Geary registered 11 saves. ODU opened the second half with four straight scores against American on Saturday, but the Patriots proceeded to score the next seven to hand the Lady Monarchs their second consecutive loss to open the season. Senior attacker Tracy Reed led the team with a pair of goals, while Bernardini added a pair of assists and Geary secured 16 stops in the cage. ODU gets back to action at Richmond on Wednesday.

No. 17 TOWSON (0-2 overall, 0-0 CAA): After dropping a 10-9 heartbreaker to UMBC on Wednesday, the Tigers failed to find their offense in a 12-2 loss to seventh-ranked Loyola (Md.) on Saturday to drop to 0-2 after their first week of play. Junior goalkeeper Mary Teeters was formidable between the pipes with 20 saves in the setback to the Retrievers, becoming the first Tiger goalie to record 20 saves in more than a decade and the first league player to do so in nearly seven years. Freshmen Rhiannon Coogle and Kelly Murkey tallied their first collegiate scores as starters in the loss. Midfielders Kelly Custer and Jackie LaMonica netted the Tigers two goals against the Greyhounds, while senior attacker Jess Dunn had her 19-game goal-scoring streak snapped in the loss. Towson hosts nearby Johns Hopkins on Wednesday before making the quick trip to the nation's capital to face George Washington.

No. 19 WILLIAM & MARY (2-1 overall, 0-0 CAA): The 19th-ranked Tribe improved to 2-1 on the season with a convincing 15-11 win over Boston U. on Saturday in Williamsburg. Senior defender and reigning CAA Defensive Player of the Year Sarah Jonson was dominant in the back, registering a game-high five caused turnovers to go with four ground balls and three draw controls in anchoring a W&M defensive unit that gave up a season-low 11 goals to the Terriers. Senior midfielder Grace Golden bolstered the Tribe attack with a game-high four goals, while also adding three caused turnovers and three draw controls. Rookie attacker Taelor Salmon broke out for four scores in her first career start as well. The Tribe now heads to the West Coast for a matchup with Oregon on Friday.

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