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Women's Lacrosse Travels to Brown For First Road Game of 2007

March 22, 2007

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THIS WEEK IN GAEL LACROSSE
The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team will play its first road game of the season, when the Gaels play at Brown University on Saturday, March 24. The Gaels will play the Bears in a 2 p.m. game from Stevenson Field.

Saint Mary's enters the game with a 2-5 overall record following a 21-11 loss to William and Mary on Saturday. Saint Mary's picked up its second win of the season with a 16-13 win over Lafayette on Monday, March 12. The Bears enter Saturday's game with a 1-4 record. Brown has lost its last four games, and is coming off a 9-7 home loss to New Hampshire on March 18. The only win for Brown this season was a 13-12 overtime win over Sacred Heart

WHO'S HOT
As Saint Mary's posted a 1-1 record with a win over Lafayette and a loss to William and Mary, sophomore attacker Sonja Kapusta had a good week for the Gaels. Kapusta collected six points on six goals. Kapusta had a perfect shooting week, as she converted all six shots she took in the two games. Kapusta is tied for the team lead with 17 points and is also tied with Abbie Coleman and Jackie Spencer with 12 goals this season. Kapusta is shooting 57.1 percent this season, as she has scored on 12 of the 21 shots she's taken this season.

SCOUTING THE BROWN BEARS
Brown is currently 1-5 to start the 2007 season. The Bears opened the season against the No. 1 team in the country, North Carolina and lost 17-5. Following the loss to the Tar Heels, Brown defeated Sacred Heart 13-12 in overtime for its only win of the season. Brown has lost four straight games heading into Saturday's game against the Gaels. Brown has scored 50 goals this season, but has allowed its opponents to score 80 goals in six games.

The Bears are led by Mimi DeTolla who has a team-high 18 goals on 11 goals and seven assists. The 11 goals are the tops on the squad, and the seven assists are tied for the team lead with Molly McCarthey. McCarthey has 14 points this season, and her seven goals this season is tied for second on the team with Bethany Buzzell and Jesse Nunn. Melissa King has started five of the six games in goal for Brown and has a 12.35 goals against average, allowing 63 goals in 306 minutes. King has 46 saves and a .422 save percentage.

SMC VERSUS BROWN; THE SERIES
When SMC and Brown 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 were defeated by William and Mary by a score of 21-11. Sonja Kapusta scored four goals on four shots to lead the Gaels, who were out scored 10-5 in the first half and 11-6 in the second half. Abbie Coleman netted her second hat trick of the season with three goals, and Lauren Frei scored the first goal of her career, and ended the game with two goals.

FIVE GAELS IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN POINTS
Through the first seven games of the season, Saint Mary's has five players that have double digits in points. Leading the list is P.J. Hainley and Sonja Kapusta with 17 points each. Kapusta is tied for the team lead with 12 goals and Hainley leads the squad with seven assists. Abbie Coleman has 16 points (12g 4a), Jackie Spencer has 14 points (12g 2a), and Jen Utley has 11 points.

7-GAME HOMESTAND LONGEST IN PROGRAM
Saint Mary's opened its 2007 campaign with seven straight home games, and finished the homestand with a 2-5 record. 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 14 points this season, she moved ahead of Molly Wagner for third place with 101 points. Her 82 career goals is 51 goals behind Megan Bryan's second place total of 133. She will need three 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
Following the game against Brown, the Gaels will return to action on Sunday, April 1 with an 11 am game at UC Davis. The game against the Aggies will be a non-conference match. Following the game against Davis, SMC will travel to Davidson (4/3) and Manhattan (4/6).