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Women's Lacrosse Plays Final Home Game against Oregon on Saturday

April 13, 2005

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This Week in Women's Lacrosse:
The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team will continue Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Saturday when the Gaels host the University of Oregon Ducks. The game between SMC and Oregon will begin at noon from Saint Mary's Stadium on the Moraga campus. It's senior day for Saint Mary's as eight players will make their final regular season appearance.

Eight Seniors to be Recognized on Saturday:
Before the Gaels take the field on Saturday against Oregon, Saint Mary's will recognize eight seniors who will make their final regular season appearance in a Gaels' uniform. The eight players to be recognized are Katie Augustine, Kristin Hurst, Dearborn David, Stephanie Flores, Ally High, Rosy Iaccino, Lauren Riggers, and Kristen Schmiedeskamp.

Scouting the Oregon Ducks:
Oregon enters this week's game with a 3-9 overall record and an 0-3 mark in MPSF play. On their road trip to North Carolina on April 1 and 2, Oregon posted a 1-1 record, following a 21-8 loss to North Carolina and a 16-6 win over Davidson. Oregon is scoring 10.6 goals per game while allowing 13.8 per contest. The Ducks have six players that have scored double digits in goals, and are led by Jen May who's scored 30 goals while dishing out five assists. Jana Bradley has found the net 21 times, and with four assists she is tied for second on the team in points with Erin Gaebe in points with 25. Gaebe leads the team in assists with 13 and has added 12 goals.

A Look at Head Coach Brandon Badgley:
Brandon Badgley was announced as the head women's lacrosse coach on December 10, 2003. In his second year as the head coach, Badgley has an overall record of 5-22 record. He came to Saint Mary's from San Luis Obispo, CA where he was the head coach for the Cal Poly women's lacrosse club team from 2000-03. Over that time, Badgley coached the Mustangs to a 70-13 overall record, which included three straight US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates (WDIA) national championships in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Badgley was named the WDIA National Coach of the Year in 2003.

Last Week In Review:
Saint Mary's played two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation road games last week and posted an 0-2 record. The Gaels opened the week by losing to California by a final score of 19-5 from Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. SMC freshman attacker Jen Utley led the Gaels with two goals, bringing her season total to 10 goals. Rosy Iaccino added her 10th and 11th goals of the season, which puts her second on the roster with goals scored. Also scoring against the Bears was freshman Alex Oetken. In the second game of the week, SMC suffered a 16-2 loss to the Denver Pioneers. After Ally High scored to open the game, Denver scored 16 of 17 goals, including the last 11 of the game.

Jackie Spencer Tops Gaels in Scoring:
Jackie Spencer, who scored 43 goals as a freshman and finished second on the team, currently leads this year's team in points (17) and goals (15). Spencer has scored two or more goals in five of her last six games before being held scoreless in the game against Duquesne. Spencer has scored a hat trick in three of the eight games she's played this season. Spencer missed the game against Denver due to an injury.

Freshman Utley Scores Four Times Against Marist:
Jen Utley made a huge impact in the Gaels' win over Marist as she scored four times against the Red Foxes. The four goals by Utley against Marist are the most in one game for any SMC player this season. After scoring twice against Cal last week, Utley has scored 10 goals in her first season at SMC. She is third on the team in goals scored.

Saint Mary's to Host 2005 MPSF Championship:
Saint Mary's will host the 2005 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Women's Lacrosse Tournament on May 5-7. The MPSF is home to Stanford, California, UC Davis, Denver, Oregon, and Saint Mary's. This year's championships will be held in Saint Mary's Stadium and will open on Thursday, May 5 with the four and five seeds playing at Noon followed by the three and six seeds playing at 2:00 p.m.

What's on the Slate for Next Week:
Following the final home game of the season, Saint Mary's will hit the road for games at George Washington and Drexel. The Gaels will open their two-game East Coast trip against the George Washington Colonials on Friday, April 22 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Two days later, SMC will play the Drexel Dragons on Sunday, April 24 beginning at Noon EST.