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Women's Lacrosse Continues Home Stand on Thursday

March 23, 2006

This Week in Women's Lacrosse: The Saint Mary's Women's lacrosse team returns to action on Thursday, March 23 when they host the Ohio University Bobcats. The match between the Gaels and the Bobcats is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.

Scouting the Bobcats: The Ohio University Women's lacrosse team is currently 1-5 on the season. The Bobcats are presently on a trip of the west coast where they face three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams: California, Saint Mary's, and Oregon University. The Bobcats have begun the season with a grueling schedule that has included games against No.1 ranked Northwestern, No. 17 Notre Dame, and No. 4 John Hopkins. In their most recent game against John Hopkins the Bobcats lost 17-6. On the season the Bobcats are led by Freshman Kiersten McLouth and Sophomore Shannon Hadaway. Both McLouth and Hadaway lead the team with five goals; they also lead the team in assists with four and three respectively. Defensively, the Bobcats are led by Sophomore Goalkeeper Jen Heup. Heup has recorded 77 saves on the season and has recorded double digit saves in five of the six Bobcat games.

Week in Review: The Gaels split the two matches they played in last week defeating Long Island University 13-10 and falling to Vermont University 10-17. The loss to Vermont marked the first home loss of the season for the Gaels who are currently 2-1 at home. In these two games the Gaels tallied 33 points on 23 goals and 10 assists. Eight different Gaels recorded points for the Gaels and five players scored multiple goals.

Who's Hot: Kim Reny has been on fire for the Gaels. In the past two games Reny recorded 10 points on seven goals and three assists. Reny recorded an impressive .438 shooting percentage (7-16). On the year the Sophomore Midfielder leads the team with 20 points on 17 goals and three assists. She leads the team with 23 shots-on-goal and shoots a .500 shot-on-goal percentage.

With Open Arms: The Gaels have welcomed their newcomers to the team. Kim Reny, Chloe Dee, Sonja Kapusta, and Dana Elfvin have totaled 46 points on 37 goals and nine assists in the Gaels first six games. The Gael newcomers are averaging over six points per game. These players are responsible for over half of the goals scored this season and just under half of the total points.

Next Week for the Gaels: Saint Mary's is scheduled to play in two games next week. On Tuesday, March 28 the Gaels will host non-conference opponent Harvard University. The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. On Thursday, March 31 the Gaels will host Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe Denver University. This match-up is scheduled to being at 4:00 p.m. Both games are being held from Saint Mary's Stadium.