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Women's Lacrosse Close Homestand Against William & Mary on Saturday

March 15, 2007

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This Week in Gael Lacrosse
The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team will end its seven-game homestand on Saturday with a noon game against the William and Mary Tribe at Saint Mary's Stadium. Saint Mary's enters the game with a 2-4 overall record following a 16-13 win over Lafayette University on Monday. The Tribe entered this week with a 1-3 record and will play at California on Thursday before play the Gaels on Saturday.

Who's Hot
As Saint Mary's posted a 1-1 record with a loss to Iona and a win over Lafayette, Jackie Spencer collected seven points on six goals and one assist. Spencer did the most damage in the 16-13 win over Lafayette when she had five points on four goals and one assist. The four-goal output was the first hat trick of the season for the senior. In the 10-9 loss to Iona, Spencer scored two goals for Saint Mary's

Scouting the William and Mary Tribe
William and Mary is currently 1-3 to start the 2007 season. The Tribe opened the season with a 15-3 loss to Duke before earning a 24-6 win over Longwood. After the win over Longwood, William and Mary suffered a 10-9 overtime loss to Richmond, and a 12-4 loss to No. 16 Penn State. William and Mary has been out scored 43-40, but are out shooting its opponents 106-89 this season.

Jaime Sellers is one of two player on the Tribe roster to hit double figures in points this season. Sellers has 11 total points with a team-high 10 goals and one assist. Emily Vitrano has 10 points on five goals and a team-best five assists. Kara Parker is tied with Vitrano for second on the team with five goals. Nine players have scored goals for the Tribe this season with eight of the nine scoring multiple times. Sara Beckstead has played all 249 minutes in goal and has a 10.35 goals against average with 31 saves.

SMC versus William & Mary; The Series
When SMC and William and Mary meet on Saturday, it will mark the first ever meeting in women's lacrosse between the two schools.

Looking Back at the Last Game
In the last game for Saint Mary's, the Gaels outlasted the Lafayette Leopards for a 16-13 win. The Gaels scored the final three goals of the game to earn their second win of the season. Saint Mary's was led by P.J. Hainley, who had six total points on two goals and a career-high four assists. Jackie Spencer led the Gaels with a season-high four goals and freshman Alana Burrough netted her first hat trick with three goals. Lafayette's Maddie Booth had eight points on three goals and five assists and Kristin Ruminski had five goals and one assists.

Five Gaels In Double Figures in Points
Through the first six games of the season, Saint Mary's has five players that have double digits in points. Leading the list is P.J. Hainley who had 16 points on nine goals and a team-high seven assists. Abbie Coleman and Sonja Kapusta have 13 points each, Jackie Spencer has 12 points, and Jen Utley has 10.

7-Game Homestand Longest In Program
Saint Mary's will open the 2007 campaign with seven home games. The seven-game homestand matches the longest in the eight-year history of women's lacrosse program. In the first year of the program (2000) Saint Mary's played seven of its last eight games at home.

SMC To Faces Five MAAC Opponents
This season, Saint Mary's will play five games against teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Saturday's game against Canisius will mark game one of four straight games against the MAAC. Included in the MAAC run are home games against Canisius, Le Moyne, Siena and Iona. The final game against the MAAC will have the Gaels on the road at Manhattan on April 6.

Jackie Spencer In SMC Record Books
Senior midfielder Jackie Spencer ranks in the top-10 in all three offensive scoring categories. Spencer entered the season ranked fourth in total points with 87, third in goals with 70, and seventh in assists with 17. With her 12 points this season, she moved ahead of Molly Wagner for third place with 99 points. Her 81 career goals is 52 goals behind Megan Bryan's second place total of 133. She will need four assists to match Thera Luce's career total of 22 assists, which ranks sixth.

SMC Youth Movement
The 2007 SMC women's lacrosse roster is filled with a lot of youth. This season, SMC took the field with 20 players. The roster is made up of one senior, five juniors, seven sophomores, and six freshmen. Sixty-five percent of this season's roster are underclassmen, and 95 percent of the roster should return for the 2008 season.

What's Next for SMC
The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team will hit the road for the first time this season when the Gaels travel to the East Coast for a game against Brown University. Saint Mary's will take the field against Brown on Saturday, March 24 with the first draw scheduled for 2 p.m. EST.