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Women's Lacrosse Hits The Road For Games at Davidson and Manhattan

April 3, 2007

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This week the Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team will travel to the East Coast for two games. The Gaels will open the road trip with a 7 p.m. game against Davidson College on Tuesday night, before traveling to New York to battle Manhattan College on Friday,.The game between SMC and Manhattan is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

Saint Mary's enters this week with a 2-7 overall record following a 17-5 loss to UC Davis on Sunday. The loss to the Aggies marked the third straight loss for Saint Mary's.

Davidson enters Tuesday's game with an 0-8 overall record this season after posting a 9-7 mark a year ago. The Wildcats are 0-4 at home, 0-2 on the road and 0-2 in neutral site games. SMC's Friday opponent, the Manhattan Jaspers, have a 2-6 record this season and are coming off a 12-7 win over Fairfield University on Sunday.

Davidson has an 0-8 record this season heading into Tuesday's match up against the Gaels. In its most recent game, Davidson was defeated by the University of Delaware 11-3 in a road game on March 23. The closest Davidson has come to posting a win this year was a 10-9 overtime loss to Duquesne on March 11. The Wildcats have scored a total of 50 goals in their eight games to average 6.12 goals per outing. Davidson opponents are scoring 11.7 goals per game, and have scored a total of 96 goals this year.

This season, Davidson has four players that have scored eight goals to lead the team. Sarah Walter is one of the four players, and has added two assists for a team-leading 10 points this season. Becky Horton, Haley Cook and Jen Crawford have nine points each with eight goals and one assist.

When Saint Mary's and Davidson meet on Tuesday night it will mark the third meeting between the two schools. Davidson has won the previous two games. Davidson posted a 13-10 win over the Gaels, at Davidson, last year and in the first meeting in 2001, the Wildcats posted an 11-7 win over the Gaels in Moraga.

Manhattan College enters this week with a 2-6 overall record and will play Iona on Thursday before hosting Saint Mary's on Friday. The Jaspers are coming off two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games, losing to Marist (20-13) and then defeating Fairfield University (12-7) on Sunday. Manhattan's other win this season was a 23-9 win over Howard on Mar. 13.

Manhattan has five players that have reached double digits in points this season, with three players topping the 20-point mark. Alicia Psillos leads the team with 26 points on 17 goals and nine assists. Psillos' 17 goals lead the team and her nine assists is tied with Jenny Carman for the top spot. Carman has 16 goals and is second on the team with 25 points. Brenna Tinari has 23 points on 16 goals and seven assists.

When Saint Mary's and Manhattan meet on Friday, it will mark the second meeting in women's lacrosse between the two schools. Saint Mary's won the previous meeting, a 13-6 win over the Jaspers in Moraga on Mar. 14, 2001. Coincidentally, that win followed a loss to Davidson, just three days earlier.

In the last game for Saint Mary's, the Gaels were defeated by UC Davis by a score of 17-5, in a non-conference game played at Aggies Stadium. UC Davis jumped out to a 5-0 lead, and then led 10-1 late in the first half. SMC trailed 11-3 at halftime before falling to the Aggies by 12 goals. Four Gaels had two points in the game, as Sonja Kapusta and Dane Elfvin had two goals each. Alana Burrough had a goal and an assist and Alex Oetken added two goals.

Through nine games, Saint Mary's has five players that have double digits in points. Leading the list is Sonja Kapusta with a team-high 20 points on 14 goals and six assists. P.J. Hainley is second on the team with 19 points on 10 goals and a team-high nine assists. Jackie Spencer and Abbie Coleman are tied for third with 17 points each and Spencer leads the squad with 15 goals this season and two assists. Freshman Abbie Coleman is third on the team with 12 goals and Jen Utley has 12 points with eight goals and four assists.

This season, Saint Mary's will play five games against teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Gaels are currently 1-3 against the MAAC, and will play the fifth and final team from that conference on Friday when they play Manhattan. Saint Mary's played the first four MAAC opponents at home, which included Canisius (L, 14-12), Le Moyne (L, 18-7), Siena (W, 17-15 (ot)) and Iona (L, 10-9).

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.

Following the two-game road trip to the East Coast, Saint Mary's will return to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action with a conference game against the No. 15 ranked Denver Pioneers. The game between SMC and Denver is scheduled for Friday, April 13 at 1 p.m. in Denver's Pioneer Stadium .Following the game against Denver, Saint Mary's will host Oregon in an MPSF contest on Sunday, April 15, beginning at noon in Saint Mary's Stadium.