April 22, 2009

Conference Roll Call: Division I Women

Check back to LMO each Wednesday for a conference-by-conference, team-by-team breakdown of what's happening in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse.

AMERICA EAST

Boston University (11-3, 5-0 AE) has clinched its fifth straight America East regular season title on the heels of a nine-game winning streak. The Terriers got a career-high six goals from junior Traci Landy in a 19-5 win over Binghamton on Saturday.  BU is ranked No. 11 in the latest IWLCA Division I poll. Senior Sarah Dalton leads the league in goals and points heading into this week's action. The Terriers will host No.  14 Dartmouth on Wednesday before finishing the regular season on Saturday against UMBC...  Albany (8-7, 4-2 AE) also clinched a spot in the conference tournament with a 19-9 win at Stony Brook last week. Sophomore attack Jodi Battaglia was named conference player of the week after posting a career-high eight points and three assists against Stony Brook. Fellow Great Dane Christine Grueniger, a junior midfielder, was also named conference defender of the week with six ground balls and three caused turnovers against the Seawolves. Albany has finished its conference schedule and closes out the season at Le Moyne on Saturday... New Hampshire (10-6, 3-2 AE) also clinched a berth in the America East tournament with a 17-4 rout of Vermont on Saturday. The six seniors on the team scored 12 goals, one assist, 15 ground balls, eight caused turnovers and four draw controls for the Wildcats on their Senior Day. Senior Ashley Durepo had five goals and one assist in the contest. The No. 19 Wildcats travel to Binghamton for their final game of the regular season on Saturday... UMBC (9-7, 3-2 AE) can clinch a berth in the postseason with a win on Saturday at BU or a Vermont loss.  The Retrievers defeated Le Moyne in their last home game of the season on Saturday, 17-7, to extend their winning streak to three games. UMBC has a league-best .500 save percentage this season but is near the bottom of the league in shooting percentage at .415. The Retrievers could finish as high as No. 2 or as low as No. 5 in the conference standings, depending on Saturday's league action... Vermont (7-7, 2-3 AE) needs a win against Stony Brook and a UMBC loss on Saturday to clinch a playoff berth. The Catamounts were routed by New Hampshire, 17-4, last Saturday but defeated Long Island on Tuesday, 16-7. Senior Kristen Millar captured sole possession of Vermont's career goals record on Tuesday and also became the all-time NCAA leader in draw controls. Her career draw controls total is now 338, besting former Maryland All-American Dana Dobbie's mark of 334... Stony Brook (4-11, 1-4 AE) fell to 1-7 in its last eight games with a 19-9 loss at Albany on Saturday. The Seawolves have posted 162 goals to 222 goals against in 15 games this year. They will look to bounce back from the Albany loss in their season finale against Vermont on Saturday... Binghamton (3-11, 0-5 AE) remains winless in the conference after the 19-5 loss at BU. The Bearcats managed just four shots in the first half against the Terriers. Binghamton wraps up conference play on Saturday against New Hampshire.

-- J. Jude Hazard

AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE (ALC)

It's impressive enough that Johns Hopkins freshman Colleen McCaffrey scored a career-high five goals in a game Friday, but there were two other tidbits that made the feat spectacular: McCaffrey did it against top-ranked Northwestern, and she scored all five in less than 11 minutes ... On Sunday, attacker Hannah Nielsen became the first player in Northwestern history to record 100 points in three different seasons, two days after becoming the program's all-time points leader. But most importantly, Nielsen kept the Wildcats undefeated with a game-winning goal with 91 seconds left at Virginia... The closest competition for Nielsen's national points title is conference rival Kelly Haggerty of Ohio State. Haggerty has 86 points for the season, second nationally to Nielsen's 102, and as a junior has already cracked the program's top five in career points... In its eighth try, Penn State finally got the best of a ranked team on Sunday, upending No. 13 Ohio State, 13-9, also taking its first conference win of the season. The Nittany Lions have faced arguably the toughest schedule in the nation -- with out-of-conference matchups against Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Princeton and Penn, plus the difficult ALC... Swift-scoring Vanderbilt ranked No. 4 in the nation in goals per game (15.85) and had not scored fewer than 10 goals in a game this season. until the Commodores were stymied in an 11-4 loss to Cornell on Tuesday.

-- Daniel Malloy

ATLANTIC 10

Massachusetts secured the top seed for the Atlantic 10 tournament that begins Friday at Temple University. The Minutewomen will face fourth-seeded George Washington at 1 p.m. followed by second-seeded Richmond against third-seeded St. Joseph’s at 3:30 p.m. The tournament final is 1 p.m. Sunday with the champion receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. After falling to Duquesne, 15-14, in sudden-victory overtime on Friday, the Minutewomen earned the top seed with a 14-13 win over St. Bonaventure. UMass trailed, 11-4, with less than 21 minutes left in the game. They finished 6-1 for their regular-season title since 2000, also the only time they have won the tournament. UMass is 4-7 overall and has never played George Washington in A-10 tournament history… George Washington trails in the overall series to UMass, 4-3. The Colonials were the last team to qualify for the A-10 tournament. After losing to St. Joseph’s, 11-8, Friday in their first chance to clinch a berth, they beat La Salle, 16-4, Sunday. They finished tied with Duquesne with a 4-3 league record, but owned the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Dukes after an 18-9 win March 27. The tournament berth is their third in eight seasons and first since 2007, when they reached the championship final. Katherine Sampson broke the program’s single-season record with her 27th assist in the win over La Salle… Richmond will face St. Joseph’s in a rematch of the regular-season finale that the Spiders won, 12-5. It was their fourth straight win to improve to 5-2 in league play behind Allison Furstenburg, who scored four goals for Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week honors. It’s the second such award for the senior attacker, who leads the Spiders in goals (49) and assists (25). Mandy Friend, who is second to Furstenburg in scoring for Richmond, led the A-10 the previous three seasons. Richmond is 9-0 all-time against St. Joseph’s. The Spiders sealed a tournament berth with a 14-5 win over La Salle on Friday…  St. Joseph’s win over George Washington was its ninth of the season for a new program record. The Hawks also broke their 14-year-old single season record for goals with their 167th in the win. Goalie Suzy Herlihy passed Courtney Huff for most wins in a regular season with her ninth. The win snapped a five-game losing streak against the Colonials. The Hawks' five conference wins are also a school record. They had never compiled a winning record in the A-10 before this year. Jenna Martino needs three goals to set a new single-season record and five points to eclipse the single-season points record… Duquesne was edged for the final tournament berth after finishing tied for fourth with George Washington. The Dukes closed fast with wins in their final four games, including the overtime win over Massachusetts – the Minutewomen’s only conference loss this season – and a 13-8 win over Temple in the season finale. The Dukes, however, had lost three of their first four A-10 games. It was a season of runs for Duquesne. They lost their first four games, won their next four and lost three straight before winning five of their final six contests. Meghan Frederick is tied for the league lead in points with 77 (33 goals, league-best 44 assists)… St. Bonaventure’s Molly Hastrich was tied with Frederick for the league scoring title (league-high 62 goals, 15 goals) while setting a school single-season record with her 77 points. Danielle Drabin, a freshman, scored three goals for the fifth time in her young career. The Bonnies finished with a 7-10 overall record, 1-6 in conference play. They lost their final three games by a combined four goals… Temple’s Jessica Colucci finished first among A-10 goalies in saves per game at 10.33 after recording 14 stops in the 13-8 loss to Duquesne. Temple had won three of its last four games before the loss. The Owls close their season and look for their fourth win against Lafayette on Apr. 29. They are 3-12 overall, 2-5 in the league… La Salle will try to end its six-game losing streak when it hosts Columbia in the season finale for both Wednesday. The Explorers have had trouble at the offensive end. In three of their last four games, they averaged just 5.0 goals per game. They also lost once in overtime in a higher scoring game during that stretch. La Salle will look to get out to a faster start on Wednesday. They trailed Richmond, 5-1, and George Washington, 6-1, in their latest losses.


-- Justin Feil

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE (ACC)

Maryland ended its ACC regular season schedule in style, putting up its usual high number of goals (16) while taking care of Virginia Tech to move to 16-0. The Terps will be the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament this weekend in Blacksburg, Va.There are seven Terrapins with more than 20 goals this season, and four with more than 30... After losing to Maryland two weeks ago, North Carolina came back in style with wins against Duke and Stanford. The Tar Heels finished the regular season at 13-3. Goalkeeper Logan Ripley picked up the ACC Player of the Week award for her performances against Duke and Stanford. She held the Blue Devils to seven goals (tying their season-low) while recording 13 saves. UNC has the No. 2 seed for the ACC tournament... Virginia came up just short against top-ranked Northwestern on Sunday. The teams were tied at 10 before NU tacked on the winning goal with 1:31 remaining. Senior Blair Weymouth recorded a game-high four goals against the Wildcats. Virginia finished the regular season 10-6... After losing at home to North Carolina on Friday, Duke came back strong against Davidson on Sunday with a 17-5 victory. The Blue Devils scored 14 goals in the first half of the Davidson game -- their second-highest first-half total this season... Virginia Tech will host the ACC tournament this week up in Blacksburg, Va. As the fifth seed, the Hokies will face fourth-seeded Virginia on Thursday. They finished the regular season with a 16-6 loss against Maryland on Saturday. Rachel Culp had two goals in the loss and finished the regular season with 53 goals. Va. Tech ended the regular season with a record of 7-9... Boston College, set to face Duke in a quarterfinal Thursday, has now won two in a row after taking down both Siena and Bryant last week. Junior Lauren Costello had four goals and an assist against Bryant.

-- Jesse Baumgartner

BIG EAST

The field for the 2009 Big East Women’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament, scheduled for Friday and Sunday at Georgetown’s Multi-Sport Field, has been set. The schedule is as such: the top-seeded and sixth-ranked Hoyas (11-4, 6-1 conference) face fourth-seeded Louisville (9-5, 3-4) in the 7:45 p.m. semifinal on Friday; the 5:30 p.m. opener is second-seeded and eighth-ranked Syracuse (12-3, 6-1) versus third-seeded and 10th-ranked Notre Dame (12-4, 5-2). The winners will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday in front of a CBS College Sports Network televised audience. The champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. The story of the tournament is Louisville, although the Cardinals are up against three top-10 teams. Louisville qualified for the tournament in their first year as a conference member, spurred by a huge 13-12 upset Saturday over No. 16 Loyola. Bergan Foley scored six goals in the win. The Cards, who won a three-way tiebreaker at 3-4 against Rutgers and Loyola to win that fourth spot, gave Georgetown a scare on April 11 in a 15-11 loss. … Syracuse-Notre Dame is the marquee matchup, a rematch of the Orange’s thrilling 14-13 victory over the Fighting Irish on April 11 in which ND rallied from a 12-3 halftime deficit. Notre Dame’s Jillian Byers leads the conference with 64 goals. Syracuse has won two straight conference championships, and four games in a row. … Cincinnati (6-10) picked up a non-conference win Sunday over Le Moyne, 12-10, at St. Paul’s School for Girls in Brooklandville, Md. Laura Simanski and Ali Mattingly scored five goals apiece in the win. UC closes its season on Monday against Detroit. … Connecticut (3-13, 2-5) concluded its season with Saturday’s 20-5 loss to Notre Dame. Senior Whitney Michele had a goal and an assist to finish her career with 152 points. … Loyola’s Meg Steffe was placed on the conference’s weekly honor roll for her career-high 18-save effort last Friday in the Greyhounds’ 13-11 upset of Georgetown. It was Loyola’s (10-5, 3-4) first top-10 win since 2004. They can get another when they play at No. 7 Princeton on April 29 … Rutgers wrapped up its season at 7-9, 3-4, with a 15-6 loss to Syracuse on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights needed a win to reach the conference tournament. Sandra Abel’s 13 saves were not enough.

-- Brian Delaney

COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (CAA)

Delaware has experienced a late-season renaissance. After a 4-5 start to the season, the Blue Hens have torn through the CAA, going 5-1 after last week’s two road wins. Delaware beat James Madison, 10-8, and George Mason, 14-7, in a pair of road games. The Blue Hens’ sole CAA loss was to Hofstra, making Thursday’s game against Towson a crucial match-up for seeding the conference tournament. Delaware, Old Dominion and William and Mary are tied for first place with 5-1 record. If Delaware defeats Towson, the Blue Hens will secure the No. 1 seed and home field advantage for the CAA tournament. If Towson wins, the winner of the ODU-William & Mary game gets the top seed and hosting rights. Delaware has a 29-11 overall record against Towson, although the Blue Hens have gone 3-4 against the Tigers since they began playing each other in CAA competition in 2002... Drexel snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 18-4 win over Wagner on Senior Day. The Dragons jumped to a 10-0 lead that never relented. Eleven different Drexel players scored at least one goal, and senior goalie Lauren LaBella earned her 42nd career victory, the most in Drexel’s Division I history. The Dragons are now 8-8 overall, but 0-6 in CAA play...  George Mason proved the old adage “bad things happen in threes” true last week, dropping a trio of games to Virginia, 21-8, Towson, 13-6, and Delaware, 14-8. Sophomore Caroline Hoyt scored a hat trick in each of the losses. The Patriots have a chance to break their current six-game losing streak when they host James Madison in the final game of the season on Thursday... Hofstra lost two CAA contests last week, falling to Old Dominion, 14-9, and William & Mary, 19-13. Junior middie Corrine Gandolfi tied a career high with seven points (4g, 3a) against Old Dominion, but otherwise the Pride couldn’t generate enough offense to keep pace with the Monarchs. Against W&M, the offense fared better, getting a hat trick from Gandolfi, two goals from Liz Falco and single goals from eight other players, but the defense faltered, allowing 19 goals. It was the second-highest defensive goals allowed total for the Pride this season, following a 20-6 loss to Northwestern on March 12. Hofstra hosts Drexel on Saturday April 25 in its final regular season game... James Madison lost two close CAA matches to Delaware (10-8) and Towson (10-7). The Blue Hens dominated their game from the outset, but the Dukes blew a 5-2 halftime lead against the Tigers. Towson stormed back with a 8-2 performance in the second half to drop JMU’s league record to 1-4, eliminating them from CAA conference competition. The Dukes will play their final regular season game at George Mason on Thursday... Old Dominion climbed to No. 18 in the national rankings and clinched a spot in the CAA tournament with wins over Hofstra, 14-9, and Drexel, 14-7. Junior attacker Ashley Kellogg exploded with a combined seven goals and one assist in the two wins. The Monarchs could secure the No. 1 seed with a win over William & Mary on Thursday, and a Towson win in the Delaware-Towson game on the same date... Towson clinched the fourth seed in the CAA tournament by defeating George Mason and James Madison. Goalkeeper Mary Teeters won CAA Rookie of the Week honors for her 13 combined saves (and 13 combined goals allowed) in the two games... William & Mary secured a spot in the CAA tournament with wins over Drexel, 18-12, and Hofstra, 19-13. The Tribe is now 5-1 in the CAA, and can secure the No. 1 seed if it defeats Old Dominion on the road on Thursday. To do so, W&M can rely on the offensive output of Grace Holden, who led the team with nine points in this week’s two wins. Ashley Holofcener also added five goals against Drexel.

-- Clare Lochary

INDEPENDENTS

Longwood topped Lafayette 14-12 on Sunday as sophomore Kesley Dean scored a game-high five goals to pace the Lancers (9-6). Dean earned Independent Player of the Week accolades for her play in the pair of Longwood games last week, totaling seven goals and one assist in both games. This is the second time she has earned the award this season… Villanova fell to Lafayette 14-13 on Tuesday as an unassisted goal from Meg Ohlmacher with 2:35 left on the clock in regulation proved to be the game winner. The Wildcats (7-8) have dropped two of their last three after winning five in a row. Taryn McKenna led Villanova with four goals -- she now has 109 in her career -- while Rachel Lasda added three and Erica Rybinski contributed two goals and a pair of assists… Davidson scored a season-high 20 goals on Tuesday in its regular season finale and six players tied or had season bests in points to guide the Wildcats to a 20-9 win at Presbyterian. Davidson (6-10) snapped its eight-game losing streak and also recorded its first road win of the season. The junior duo of Jen Crawford and Haley Cook led the Wildcat attack with four goals each. Jordan Newberry scored three goals for the Blue Hose (2-10)… Detroit Mercy wrapped up its home season on Tuesday with a 21-4 loss to No. 15 Ohio State (11-4). Emily Boissonneault scored three goals for the Titans (4-7), who close out their regular season at Cincinnati on April 27… Sophomore midfielder Mia Valletta tied a season-high with three goals, but Le Moyne fell short against Cincinnati 12-10 on Sunday. The Dolphins (5-11) will look to snap a four-game slide when they host Albany on Saturday… Howard couldn’t build on its lone win against Fresno State on April 11 as it dropped its season finale to Navy 22-7 on Monday. Howard got a team-high five goals from senior attacker Sakita Holley. The Lady Bison (1-10) will now prep for the NLC Tournament on May 1-3 in Farmville, Va. 

-- Steven Russolillo

IVY LEAGUE

Columbia snapped a four-year Ivy League losing streak with an 11-10 win at Harvard on Saturday, the Lions' first conference win since the 2005 season, when they also beat the Crimson. Gabrielle Geronimos scored the game-winner with 39.9 seconds left as the Lions improved to 7-6 overall, 1-5 in the Ivies. Senior goalie Emma Mintz was named the Ivy Defensive Player of the Week after making seven saves with two caused turnovers in the win… Penn wrapped up its third straight outright Ivy crown with a 14-4 win at Brown on Saturday. The Quakers trailed, 2-1, at halftime before rallying for their 22nd straight conference win. The streak ties Dartmouth for the longest streak in league history since 1993. Freshman attacker Erin Brennan was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two goals and two assists against Brown and three goals and two assists in a 10-5 win over Princeton. No. 3 Penn faces its toughest test of the season when it travels to No. 1 Northwestern on Saturday… No. 7 Princeton bounced back from its loss to Penn with a convincing 14-4 win at No. 14 Dartmouth on Saturday. It was only the Tigers’ second win in the last six meetings in the series, and for the seniors, it avenged a 10-goal home loss they suffered as freshmen. The win moved the Tigers into sole possession of second place at 5-1 while Dartmouth fell to third place at 4-2. Anne Murray had a career-high four goals to lead the Tigers, who scored the final eight goals of the game… Dartmouth’s loss to Princeton leaves it on the bubble for the NCAA tournament. The Big Green has “quality losses” to Maryland and Penn, at times when both were ranked second, but its only wins over ranked opponents have come against now No. 20 Cornell and No. 19 New Hampshire. Around finishing its Ivy slate with Columbia on Saturday, the 7-5,  Big Green has the chance to impress the selection committee against No. 11 Boston University on Wednesday and when it finishes with No. 8 Syracuse and at No. 5 Duke. Colleen Olsen had a game-high seven ground balls in the loss to Princeton… Cornell needs big wins over No. 12 Vanderbilt (check; 11-4 win Tuesday) and No. 9 Notre Dame, and late-season collapses by some other teams to be considered for the NCAA tournament. The Big Red’s chances took a hit with an 11-8 loss to No. 8 Syracuse over the weekend. Jessica Wiegand’s goal with less than five minutes left in a 7-6 win over Yale on Saturday guaranteed at least a .500 record for Cornell. The Big Red’s final three games are at home. The Big Red would stand to gain the most from the start of the Ivy League tournament, which comes next year for the top four regular-season finishers. Cornell is one game behind third-place Dartmouth, tied in the loss column with Brown going into the final league game… Yale’s tight loss to Cornell came after the Bulldogs rallied four times to tie the game. It was the final home game for the Bulldogs, who have just two seniors. Co-captain Jenn Warden had a typical line with two goals, an assist, three ground balls, one draw control and three caused turnovers in the loss. Draw controls overall were a problem for Yale, which lost all seven in the second half… Brown will look to end its three-game losing streak when it plays at Princeton on Saturday. The Bears have struggled offensively with just 19 goals in the last three games. The Bears built a 2-0 lead against Penn in the first half as Isabel Harvey made six first-half saves. The freshman goalie was making her 11th start for the Bears. Brown got as close as 5-3 in the second half before Penn pulled away… Harvard looks to break a three-way tie with Yale and Columbia for last place when it plays at Cornell on Saturday. The Crimson have lost five straight games, in which time they have only scored double-digit goals once, in the 11-10 loss to Columbia. They have only one win when scoring less than 13 goals. Tyler Petropulos continues to come on in her freshman year with four goals in the loss to Columbia to move up to third in Harvard’s scoring. She also leads the Crimson in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers.

-- Justin Feil

METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (MAAC)

Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., will host the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament for the fourth year in a row. On Friday, top-seeded Fairfield will face No. 4 Manhattan at noon, followed by No. 2 Canisius taking on No. 3 Marist. The final is at noon Sunday. The top seed has prevailed just three times (Fairfield 2001, Manhattan 2005, LeMoyne 2007) this decade. The No. 2 seed has won four times (Manhattan 2000, LeMoyne 2002 and 2003, Marist 2008). The lowest seed to prevail was No. 3 Manhattan in 2004... Canisius (8-9, 4-2 MAAC) stumbles into the postseason having lost road games to Fairfield, 18-7, on Tuesday and Marist, 10-9, on Sunday. Canisius surrendered five goals to the Stags in the opening 3:33, and fell behind 13-3. Ashley Gray scored twice against Fairfield to set the career scoring mark with 139 goals. With 193 points, Gray is seven shy of the school mark. Jackie Loson, Chelsea Martinez and Rachel Brand each scored twice at Marist. Allison Daley stopped 12 shots, but gave up the game-winner with eight seconds remaining. Brianne Laffey returned to play after missing nine games due to injury... Fairfield (14-2, 6-0) closed the regular season with eight consecutive wins, clinching its sixth crown with an 18-7 win over visiting Canisius on Friday. Fairfield also beat Long Island, 20-9, on Wednesday and Niagara, 18-9, on Sunday. The Stags won regular-season titles in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009 – all with 6-0 MAAC marks. Rebecca White earned MAAC Offensive Player of the Week honors with 11 goals and two assists, scoring four times against LIU and Canisius. Lauren Chatnik posted 28 saves and stopped nearly three out of every five shots taken at her, earning MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Kristen Coleman scored four against LIU an Kate Reardon added three. White and Erin Rigby had the hat tricks against Niagara. If you believe league attendance figures, shame on Fairfield, for the champion Stags draw the fewest fans (averaging 86 per game) to their games, and only 95 to the showdown with Canisius. Fairfield routed Manhattan, 22-6, in the Bronx on March 29 with 14 different players scoring... Iona (5-10, 2-4) closed the season with an 18-7 win over visiting Siena on Sunday. Christie Godlewski posted eight points (2g) for the second consecutive game. Casey Scully posted a career-high five goals. Elizabeth Coholan, Kerry Thompson and Caitlyn Collins each scored three. Colleen Magri made 11 saves. The five wins are the fewest since 2006 (4-11). Godlewski won the team points title with 58, thanks to 32 goals. Coholan led the team with 36 goals... Manhattan (11-4, 4-2) closed with three victories, and MAAC Rookie of the Week Chrissy Gutenberger posted 12 goals and six assists in those contests. The Jaspers beat visiting Siena, 16-12, on Friday, and traveled to Western Pennsylvania to beat Saint Francis, 21-11, on Sunday.  The 11 wins are the most for Manhattan since 2004 (11-8). Manhattan last beat Fairfield, 12-7, in April 2007. The Jaspers have dropped their last two playoff semifinals in 2006 and 2007... Marist (11-4, 4-2) set a program record for wins with a 16-13 triumph at Binghamton on Tuesday, its third win in five days. Kate Nofsker scored four goals and Stephanie Garland added two to give her 50, four tallies off the school mark set by Lindsey Diener in 2005. The Red Foxes clinched a playoff berth with a 16-4 win over Niagara on Friday and then gained a bit of momentum with Sunday’s 10-9 win over Canisius, the team it will face in this week’s semifinals. Lauren Ciccarello scored the game-winner against Canisius with eight seconds remaining. Cristin Begley scored three times, with Stephanie Garland, Kelly Condon and Ciccarello all scoring twice. Kelsey Thoms stopped nine shots. Marist has won 10 games in each of the past three seasons. The Red Foxes are the defending MAAC tourney champions, having beaten Canisius and Fairfield in 2008... Niagara (4-11, 1-5) ended its season with a pair of road losses, 16-4 at Marist on Friday and 18-9 at Fairfield on Sunday. Whitney Gill made 12 stops against Marist and 21 against Fairfield. Courtney Formato posted four goals in the loss to the Stags. Formato led the team in goals (25) and points (32). Defense took a hit as the Purple Eagles surrendered an average of 18 goals in the last three outings against the top three teams in the league. The four wins were the most since 2006 (6-9)... Siena (6-10, 0-6) closed its season with nine losses, including two road setbacks, 16-12 at Manhattan on Friday and 18-7 at Iona on Sunday. The 18 goals allowed were a season high. Lindsey Rosecrans set the single-season scoring record with 65 points, with 47 goals, breaking the mark of Christina Pampalone (60, in 2005). Rosecrans had three goals and an assist against Manhattan, and set up one tally against Iona. She owns the Siena career scoring mark (153 points). Courtney Highsmith and Caitlin Mikel also had hat tricks against the Jaspers. Ryan Tierney, Deirdre McQuillan and Highsmith each had two goals against the Gaels. The six wins were the most since going 11-7 in 2005. The Saints opened 6-1 before losing their final nine games; they were 3-0 at home before losing the final five in Loudonville. It was the longest season-ending losing streak since Niagara (10) last season and Iona (11) in 2005. There has been one winless league team every season since 1998 – Siena went 0-6 in 2001 and 2002 and 0-7 in 2006.

-- Ken McMillan

MOUNTAIN PACIFIC SPORTS FEDERATION (MPSF)

No. 15 Stanford will host the MPSF tournament this week. The Cardinal went 6-0 in conference this season, its eighth unbeaten conference season in the program's 15-year history, and posted an MPSF-leading 14.83 goals per game As the No. 1 seed, Stanford has a quarterfinal round bye and will play the winner of Denver-UC Davis game on Friday... Oregon split a pair of games last week, defeating St. Mary's, 17-10, and losing 13-12 to Cal in overtime. Despite the loss to the Golden Bears, the Ducks' 4-2 MPSF record was good enough to secure a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament beginning Thursday in Palo Alto. They will have an easy match-up against the winless Bulldogs of Fresno State... Cal pulled off a stunning upset of Oregon thanks to Molly Everett's game-winner in sudden death OT. Everett, a sophomore transfer from Virginia, had never previously scored for the Golden Bears, but had a hat trick against the Ducks. Keeper Morgan Dyson also posted a career-high 16 saves in the win. Cal has a No. 3 seed in the tournament, and will face sixth-seeded St. Mary's. The Bears easily handled the Gaels in the regular season, winning 22-13... Denver finished the season with a 4-2 record and in a three-way tie for second place, but received a fourth seed thanks to tiebreaker procedures. (The procedures are based on goal differentials, in an ironic twist for the Pioneers, who put up an MPSF-high 209 total goals but struggled defensively.) Denver faces UC-Davis in the first round of the tournament and the winner will play No. 1 seed Stanford. The MPSF tournament has been a frustration for the Pioneers in recent years -- they have twice lost to Stanford in the MPSF final by a single goal... UC-Davis ended its regular season with a nonconference win over Division III St. Mary's (Md.), 16-13, but will face a tough foe with No. 4 seed Denver in the first round of the MPSF tournament. The Pioneers thumped the Aggies, 18-5, on April 12 in a bizarre match that was 6-5 with 20 minutes left to play. (Denver scored 12 straight goals to put the game out of reach...) St. Mary's will need a big game from senior PJ Hainley to upset No. 3 seed Cal in the first round of the MPSF tournament. Hainley is No. 2 in the conference in scoring (2.80 goals per game). Hainley had a hat trick in the Gaels' 17-10 senior day loss to Cal, as did Juliet Monroe, and they might be looking for revenge... Fresno State continues its loveable loser streak as it heads into its first-ever postseason game against Oregon. The 0-13 Bulldogs are led by Heather Jack's 10 goals.

-- Clare Lochary

NORTHEAST CONFERENCE (NEC)

Defending league champion Sacred Heart earned the No. 1 seed and the right to host this weekend’s Northeast Conference tournament after going 7-1 in the regular season with a head-to-head win over No. 2 seed Quinnipiac, which also went 7-1. Sacred Heart’s Amanda Williams ranks 10th nationally in points (72) and Chelsea Wagner ranks third in save percentage (55.6). The Pioneers will meet No. 4 seed Monmouth in the semifinals on Friday. Monmouth took Sacred Heart to three overtimes before the Pioneers won that regular season match-up 5-4. Monmouth enters the tournament having lost four of its last five… Quinnipiac enters the tournament as the hottest team in the league, having won eight straight since its one-goal loss to Sacred Heart on March 22. The Bobcats are 12-2 overall and will meet No. 3 seed Mount St. Mary’s in the semifinals… Mount St. Mary’s has rebounded nicely since a grueling early season schedule. The Mount went 0-8 to start the season with four of the losses coming to teams that have been nationally ranked at some point. Since then, the Mount has won six of eight, including handing Sacred Heart its only NEC loss of the season. However, Quinnipiac dominated the earlier meeting 19-5… Robert Morris tied for fourth in the NEC regular season, but lost a head-to-head tiebreaker with Monmouth for the final playoff spot. A 9-8 final record marked the first winning season in program history… Wagner gave Sacred Heart a scare on Sunday, taking the Pioneers to overtime on Sunday before falling 10-9. A loss to Drexel on Tuesday ended the Seahawks' season with a 4-13 record… Long Island (4-13) also wrapped up its season Tuesday, falling to Vermont, 16-7. On Sunday, Annie Kalata scored a school-record nine goals as LIU downed Bryant in a 22-20 shootout… Central Connecticut finished the season with a 1-15 record, but senior goalie Alice Lee shined, leading the country with 236 saves and ranking sixth in save percentage (52.6)… St. Francis won just one game, which snapped a 48-game losing streak, but was much more competitive this season. Freshman Chelsea Kent finished the year with 52 points on 39 goals and 13 assists.

-- Brian Logue

PATRIOT LEAGUE

American senior midfielder Leslie Fischer scored three goals in her final game as an Eagle, a 16-12 loss to Holy Cross... Bucknell lost an 8-7 heartbreaker to Navy on Saturday, creating a three-way tie for second place with the Mids and Lehigh. Through tiebreakers, Bucknell earned the No. 4 seed and will play at top-seeded Colgate on Friday at 5 p.m...  Despite a 15-11 loss at Lehigh on Saturday, Colgate will be the No. 1 seed in the PL tournament, which the Raiders will host this weekend. Freshman goalkeeper Christina Roa racked up a career-high 19 saves against the Mountain Hawks... Holy Cross freshman midfielder Kat Sutton earned PL Rookie of the Week honors as she scored five goals on the week.  Two were scored in a 10-9 loss at UConn and three were scored in a 16-12 season final victory at American... Despite a combined five goals from seniors Kristin Ruminski and Emily Archibald, Lafayette lost its final home game of the season on Sunday, 14-12 to Longwood.  Lafayette wrapped up the season with a 14-13 win at Villanova on Tuesday... Lehigh sophomore attacker Lauren Dykstra was named PL Offensive Player of the Week, scoring 10 goals, six of which came in the Mountain Hawks’ 15-11 win over Colgate.  Then on Wednesday, Dykstra was named PL Offensive Player of the Year. Lehigh will face third-seeded Navy in Friday’s first semifinal at 2 p.m... Navy freshman midfielder Dani Vivonetto scored six goals, while senior Jamie Howe chipped in a career-high five points (2g, 3a) during the Mids' 22-7 thumping of Howard on Monday afternoon. Navy rolls into the PL tournament on a three-game winning streak and as victor in six of its last seven contests.

-- Andy Krauss


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