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Women's Lacrosse Opens Season at Home against Robert Morris

Feb. 7, 2006

This Week in Women's Lacrosse: The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team will open the 2006 season at home against the Robert Morris Colonials on Friday afternoon. The game between the Gaels and Colonials is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. in Saint Mary's Stadium. Friday's match between Saint Mary's and Robert Morris is scheduled to open up the NCAA 2006 women's lacrosse season.

Scouting the Robert Morris Colonials: Robert Morris finished up the 2005 season with a 0-14 record. Last season marked the Colonials first season as a Division I program. Robert Morris returns 13 players from their 2005 roster, including sophomore Josephine Zizic who led the team with 16 points on 12 goals and 4 assists. Zizic played in all 14 games with 11 starts for the Colonials last season.

A Look at Head Coach Brandon Badgley: In his second season with the Gaels, Brandon Badgley finished with a 1-17 record. Badgley was announced as the head women's lacrosse coach on December 10, 2003. He came to Saint Mary's from San Luis Obispo, CA where he was the head coach for the Cal Poly women's lacrosse club team from 2000-03. Over that time, Badgley coached the Mustangs to a 70-13 overall record, which included three straight US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates (WDIA) national championships in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Badgley was named the WDIA National Coach of the Year in 2003.

2005 In Review: The 2005 Saint Mary's women's lacrosse season was filled with ups and downs. Under second-year head coach Brandon Badgley, the Gaels posted a 1-17 overall record and finished 0-6 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Gaels opened the season with a tough schedule which included MPSF losses to Stanford and UC Davis. Saint Mary's tallied its lone victory against Marist College. The 15-11 victory included goals by eight Saint Mary's players. Highlighting the season was freshmen attacker Jen Utley. Utley lead the Gaels with 46 points on 34 goals and 12 assists. The Gaels were plagued by injuries during the 2005 season. Team leaders Jackie Spencer, Lisa Vogeley, and P.J. Hainley were among those with season-ending injuries.

Gaels add Seven Players to Roster for 2006: This season Saint Mary's welcomes seven new members to the women's lacrosse team. The 2006 class is made up of six freshmen and one transfer. The lone transfer is Chloe Dee, who was a member of the American University women's lacrosse team for one season before transferring to Saint Mary's. Dee will add depth to the defensive midfield position. Joining Dee in the 2006 recruiting class are six freshmen. Among these freshmen are attackers Sonja Kapusta and Christina Carabini. Kapusta and Carabini look to contribute to the Gaels strong attacker position. Dana Elfvin will be added to the Gaels midfielders along with newcomer Chloe Dee. The Gaels add three players to help to contribute to the defense, defenders Abby Morgan and Lauren Frei and goalkeeper Hilary Gardner.

Next week for the Gaels: Saint Mary's begins Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play next week when the Gaels travel to Davis, CA to face the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11:00 a.m.