Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Huskies Women's Lacrosse Faces Wilmington on the Road in Season Opener Thursday

Women's Lacrosse
The Huskies defeated the Wildcats 18-1 last season on Mar. 9, 2017 in the first ever meeting between the two programs. Sydney Collins (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) led the offense with a five-point game on a team-high four goals and one assist. Hannah Jaskuta (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area) and Taylor Turner(Corning, N.Y./Corning West) each recorded hat tricks in the win, while Jaskuta also recorded an assist for four total points in the game. Brigid Kyne (Broomall, Pa./Marple Newtown) and Lindsey Coyle (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) each scored twice, while Tori Wigand (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South)Erin Boulger(Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville Area)Nikki Fisher (Warminster, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) and Kirsten Wozniak (Oradell, N.J./River Dell Regional) each scored once. Angela DiPasquale(Paramus, N.J./Paramus) recorded nine saves in the win.

The Huskies concluded their 2017 season with a 14-12 win over Kutztown at Steph Pettit Stadium back on April 26, 2017. The game began with goals from Tracy Rusen (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) and Sydney Collins (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) before Kutztown got on the board with a goal from Sarah Gabriele. Taylor Turner (Corning, N.Y./Corning West)and Gabriele would trade goals, before Bloomsburg would go on a 4-0 run in a span of 4:55. Goals from Kyne, Turner, Fisher and Cailyn Gormley (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) put Bloomsburg up 6-2, before Kutztown got two back from Gabriele and Lauren Schmidt. Jaskuta and Lauren Huggins would trade goals, before Gormley and Kyne would go back-to-back to put Bloomsburg up by five, with Gormley's goal being the last of the first half and Kyne's the first of the second half. Gabriele and Kyne would exchange goals, before Kutztown would score the next four in a span of less than four minutes. Two from Gabriele and one goal each from Madison Carlucci and Jordan Klebe made it an 11-10 game in favor of Bloomsburg with 21 minutes to play. Wigand would trade goals with Makayla Bowman, before Kyne and Gabriele would match each other yet again. Boulger would score the final goal of the game for Bloomsburg. Kyne led the Huskies with five points on four goals and one assist, while Turner and Gormley each recorded two goals and one assist for three points apiece. Six other Huskies contributed one goal each in the win, while Collins dished out two assists and Tracy Rusen (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) and Jaskuta each recorded one. DiPasquale picked up the win between the pipes making 13 saves.

Wilmington dropped their non-conference game at St. Thomas Aquinas 16-12 back on Feb. 27. St. Thomas Aquinas scored the first six goals, before Taylor Lambeth got Wilmington on the board with a free position goal. The Spartans scored another four consecutive goals before Mariah Spencer scored the final goal of the first half for Wilmington on a free position shot. St. Thomas Aquinas led 10-2 at the half. In the second, Lambeth would start the scoring just one minute in, before St. Thomas Aquinas would equalize it. Wilmington went on a run scoring the next three goals by Alexis Miller, La'Dae Boykin and Sam Foster, before the Spartans scored the next two. Wilmington went on another run of four straight goals that included three from Boykin and one from Lashay Ross. In a two-minute span, the Spartans score another three goals, before Mikilla Spencer and Foster scored in the final six minutes for Wilmington. Boykin finished with four goals, while Lambeth and Foster each scored twice. Four Wildcats also each scored once in the win. Maddie Hurm took the loss in the cage, making eight saves.

The Huskies finished last season with a 9-7 overall record and a 6-6 mark in the PSAC, missing the conference tournament last season by one game. Bloomsburg returns one all-conference selection from a year ago in sophomore goalkeeper Angela DiPasquale (Paramus, N.J./Paramus), who was voted to the All-PSAC third team as a freshman. She posted a 9-7 record and started all 16 games and played to a 10.60 goals against average (GAA) as well as a .455 save percentage. She played five games totaling at least 10 saves last season and made a career-high 15 saves in a win at Seton Hill back on April 7. Her 8.88 saves per game was fourth in the conference, while her .455 save percentage was seventh and her 10.60 GAA was eighth in the league. The team also ranked seventh in the conference with 170 total goals allowed.

Through two games, the Wildcats score 11.50 goals per game while allowing 18.50 goals per game. Wilmington is the highest scoring team in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), scoring 23 goals so far on the season. They are also the most best draw control team in the league, winning 37 as a team on the season. The Wildcats are tied for second in caused turnovers with 13, while also being second in the league in ground balls with 31. Wilmington also has the lowest goals-against-average (18.50) in the league. Boykin's nine goals on the year lead the team and the CACC, while Ross's six goals are the second-highest total in the conference. Boykin also leads the conference in assists with four and points with 13. Ross is second in the conference in points with six. Between the pipes, Hurm is third in the CACC in saves with 18 and third in save percentage (.327). Christina Ziegler is second in the CACC in caused turnovers with four, while Hurm is tied for fifth in the league in ground balls.

The Huskies will play their second straight road game on Saturday (Mar. 3) when they travel to Philadelphia to take on Jefferson. Opening draw is set for 12:00 p.m. 

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