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Saint Mary's Lacrosse Returns to Action Friday

March 29, 2006

This Week in Women's Lacrosse: The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team returns to action on Friday, March 31 from Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, CA. The game, which was originally scheduled to take place at Saint Mary's Stadium, has been moved due to field conditions. The Gaels will face conference opponent Denver University at 4 p.m.

Scouting Denver: The Denver Pioneers enter Friday's game with a 7-2 overall record. The Pioneers have played in one conference game on the season, a 20-5 victory against the UC Davis Aggies. Denver is coming off of a 17-10 win against Mount Saint Mary's. In the game the Pioneers were lead by Freshman Karen Morton who tallied six points on five shots and one assist. She shot five shots on goal on the day, making all five. She added seven draw controls throughout the game. On the season the Pioneers are led by junior midfielder Kristie Leggio. Leggio leads the team with 51 total points on 34 points and 17 goals. She has 53 shots on goal and a .708 shot on goal percentage for the year.

Week in Review: The Gaels are coming off of a 14-13 loss against Harvard University. The Gaels showed resolve coming back from a 6-1 deficit early in the game. The Gaels tied up the game in the second half and hung with the Harvard Crimson. Toward the end of the game the Crimson took the lead. The Gaels fought back within one goal and had a chance to tie up the game with time running out; however, the Crimson held on to their one point lead.

Senior Leadership: Senior Molly Wagner has taken on the job of senior leader for the young Gael offense. The senior is one of four Gaels to have started in all eight games on the season. She is second on the team in goals with 14 and third on the team in total points with 17. In her latest game against Harvard University, Wagner recorded six shots on goal and made five. On the season she has tallied 21 shots on goal and made 19, a team leading percentage of .913.

Who's Hot: Sophomore attacker Jen Utley recorded five points on two goals and three assists against the Harvard Crimson. As a freshman, Utley led the Gaels in goals scored. In her sophomore year Utley has been dishing the ball out to her teammates. She is leading the team with eight assists on the season.

Next Week for the Gaels: Saint Mary's is scheduled to play in one game next week. The Gaels will face MPSF opponent California on Thursday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.