March 30, 2007
THIS WEEK IN GAEL LACROSSE
The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team will play one game this week, a non-conference game against the UC Davis Aggies. The game between SMC an UC Davis will be played on Sunday, April 1, beginning at 11 am at the new constructed Aggie Stadium.
Saint Mary's enters the game with a 2-6 overall record following a 17-6 loss to Brown University 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 Aggies enter Sunday's game with a 5-5 overall record following a 13-2 win over Bucknell on Wednesday evening.
In SMC's 17-6 loss to Brown, senior midfielder, Jackie Spencer led the Gaels by scoring three of the team's six goals. Spencer connected on three of six shots against the Bears and is now leading the team with 15 goals this season. The hat trick for Spencer marked the third of the season for the senior and the 17th time in her career that she has scored at least three goals in a game. Spencer has played in 46 games in her career.
SCOUTING THE UC DAVIS AGGIES
UC Davis is currently 5-5 this season after starting off the year with a 2-4 start. The Aggies have won three of its last four games, and is coming off a 13-2 road win at Bucknell on Wednesday. On the road trip, the Aggies were defeated by Lehigh 11-10 on Monday. Prior to the loss to Lehigh, UCD defeated Lafayette 13-12 and Iona 14-7. Against those same schools, SMC posted a 1-1 record, falling to Iona 10-9 and defeating Lafayette 16-13.
Leading the Aggies this season in Megan O'Connor, who has collected 39 points in 10 games. O'Connor leads the team in all three offensive categories, as she has 25 goals and 14 assists during her senior campaign. O'Connor is one of six players on the roster to score double digits in points. Patrice Clark has 27 points (18 g 9 a), Katie McGovern has 26 points (16 g 10 a), and Olivia Jerem has 20 points (17 g 3 a). All four players have more points this season the SMC's top scorer. Hilary Harkins has logged all 606 minutes in goal and has 98 saves and a 10.40 goals against average.
SMC VERSUS UC DAVIS; THE SERIES
Sunday's game between SMC and UC Davis will mark the 17th meeting between the two schools in women's lacrosse. Since joining the Division I ranks in 2000, Saint Mary's and Davis have played each other at least twice in every season. Last season, the teams played three times, with the Aggies winning two of the three games.
LOOKING BACK AT THE LAST GAME
In the last game for Saint Mary's, the Gaels were defeated by Brown University by a score of 17-6. Jackie Spencer led the Gaels with three goals on six shots to record her third hat trick of the season and 17th of her career. P.J. Hainley was the only other Gael to score multiple points, as she had two assists to improver her team-leading total to nine. The Gaels were held to 20 shots in the game.
FIVE GAELS IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN POINTS
Through eight games, Saint Mary's has five players that have double digits in points. Leading the list is P.J. Hainley with 19 points on 10 goals and a team-high nine assists. Sonja Kapusta is second with 18 points and Jackie Spencer has 17 points with a team-leading 15 goals and two assists. Freshman Abbie Coleman has 16 points and is tied for second on the team with 12 goals and Jen Utley has 11 points with eight goals and three assists.
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 17 points this season, she moved ahead of Molly Wagner for third place with 104 points. Her 85 career goals is 48 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 UC Davis, the Gaels will hit the road on Monday and play at Davidson College in South Carolina on Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Following the game against the Wildcats, SMC will play at Manhattan College on Friday, April 6 in a 10 am East Coast game.