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Rhodes Women’s Lacrosse Seeks Its Seventh-Straight SAA Title

Baylee Barker and the Rhodes College women’s lacrosse team will attempt to win its seventh-straight SAA crown on Sunday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rhodes College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Since their inaugural season in 2014, the Rhodes College women’s lacrosse team has been a squad to watch in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA).

Rhodes has captured six-straight league crowns and recently clinched its fifth-straight undefeated conference season when they defeated Berry College earlier this month by a score of 24-3.

The 21-goal victory over the Vikings was followed by an impressive 26-3 win this past weekend against Birmingham-Southern College, which provided Rhodes with a spot in Sunday’s SAA Finals.

Rhodes will meet Sewanee in this year’s SAA Championship with the winner advancing to next month’s NCAA Division III Tournament.

Sunday will mark the second time the Lynx and Tigers square off in the SAA Championship as Rhodes defeated Sewanee in 2015 to claim its initial title in program history. The three-goal (13-10) victory would be followed by Rhodes’ first-ever national postseason win against Meredith College.  

Franklin & Marshall defeated the Lynx in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Rhodes enters its seventh-straight conference championship riding a six-game winning streak, which began last month with a 19-8 victory over Transylvania University. Prior to their win over the Pioneers, Rhodes scored some impressive non-league wins against Colorado College (11-10 OT) and Illinois Wesleyan University (18-5). Additionally, Rhodes survived a shootout last month with Rowan University (17-15).

Emily Bruner is one of many players to watch on the Lynx – the junior attack from Gaithersburg, Maryland leads the team in points (103) and assists (90). Baylee Barker leads the squad in goals (62) while Payton Bennett has chipped in 51 goals and 21 assists.  

Bruner’s 103 points are the most recorded by any SAA student-athletes while Barker and Bennett are in the Top 10 goals scored.

Sewanee’s Hattie Fogarty is also in the SAA Top 10 in goals and points and will certainly be a player to watch on Sunday after leading her squad to a 14-9 victory over Centre College in the SAA semifinals.

Fogarty concluded her team’s contest with the Colonels by tallying five goals on 11 shots to go with a season-high six ground balls.

Fogarty and the Tigers rank second in the SAA in goals scored with 287 but will face a challenging test on Sunday against the league’s best defense, which has yielded 124 goals in 16 contests (that is an average of 7.75 goals per game). Rhodes’ defense held Sewanee to a season-low six goals in last month’s meeting with the Tigers being shut out in two frames (second and third quarters).  

In addition to Rhodes’ impressive attack and midfield, fans should certainly keep their eye on the squad’s goalies: Emma Bradley and Olivia Wood. The duo combined for nine saves in this previous meeting with Sewanee, and lead all SAA goalies in goals-against average.

Sunday’s championship, which will take place at Mason Field in Memphis, Tennessee, is scheduled to commence at 1 p.m. eastern.

Centre Looks To Capture Its Second-Straight SAA Title

Will Hubbs and the Centre College men’s lacrosse team are two wins away from capturing their second-straight SAA title. (PHOTO COURTESY: Teresa Poplin)

By Matt Noonan

Another busy and exciting weekend of NCAA Division III lacrosse has officially arrived with the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) set to crown a men’s lacrosse champion.  

The six-team tournament, which began last Saturday with a pair of quarterfinal matchups will resume later today with two semifinal contests with the winners advancing to Sunday’s championship in Danville, Kentucky.

Top-seed Centre College, which won all its league matchups this season, is two wins away from capturing its second-straight league title.

The Colonels will welcome Rhodes College to campus this evening with a face-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

Centre beat Rhodes earlier this month by a score of 11-4. Will Hubbs highlighted the win with four goals – he also scooped one ground ball – while Ridr Knowlton located the back of the net twice. In addition to the Colonels’ offensive output, Centre’s defense limited Rhodes to just one goal in two periods while pitching a shutout in the opening frame.

Since beating the Lynx, the Colonels have won two more games, beating Hendrix College (13-10) and Sewanee (16-9).

Centre has not competed in nearly two weeks, but perhaps the extra rest could help the Black and Gold, which captured its first SAA Tournament title since 2014 last spring when they beat Rhodes.

“It’s good in a sense that we get a little time to rest, recharge, and get healthy,” Centre coach Grant Zimmerman said, via CentreColonels.com.  

Rhodes has won two of its last four contests, including its SAA quarterfinal tilt with Berry College last weekend. The Lynx topped the Vikings, 19-10, and enter tonight’s semifinal matchup riding a two-game winning streak.

Coach Dave Zazzaro’s Lynx have won just four games this season but have faced some challenging competition that could help the Red and White attempt to claim its first postseason crown since 2018.

The other SAA semifinal pits Sewanee visiting Birmingham-Southern College with a face-off scheduled for 4 p.m. (ET).

Birmingham-Southern enters today’s semifinal match riding a four-game winning streak, which included an end-of-season victory over Rhodes.

Reid Harrison secured the two-goal (14-12) win over the Lynx by netting his second tally with 22 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, which halted a three-goal run by Rhodes.

Like Centre, Birmingham-Southern has not competed since April 14, so it will be interesting to see if the squad’s momentum remains with the Panthers, which saw its bid toward an SAA crown conclude last April in the conference semifinals.

The Tigers of Sewanee have won six games this spring and defeated Hendrix in its opening-round matchup last weekend. Luke Valentine led Sewanee with four goals and one assist to go with three ground balls and one caused turnover. Davis Gillenwater notched a hat trick and Phelps Thomas stuffed the stat sheet with five points on three assists, two goals, and one ground ball.

All three student-athletes will be players to watch today in an important matchup with the Panthers.

What We Learned From The Second Week of the 2022 NCAA D3 Lacrosse Season

Brett Gladstone recorded nine points in his team’s non-conference clash with Colorado College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Hunter Martin)

By NoontimeSports.com

The first two weeks of the 2022 NCAA Division III lacrosse season are in the books.

Perhaps most exciting story of the young season is the Grove City College men’s lacrosse team, which scored a pair of impressive wins this past weekend against Colorado College and Rhodes College.

Both wins were highlighted by an offense led by Brett Gladstone, who tallied 13 points on eight goals and five assists on 23 shots, including 15 shots on goal.

Zachary Hougan added 11 points on eight goals and three assists while Grant Evans won 28 of 41 face-offs.

Saturday’s opening day win against the Lynx was certainly impressive, but perhaps the Red and White’s best showing of the weekend came one day later with an eight-goal win against a Tigers squad that advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals last May.

Gladstone highlighted the Wolverines’ win against Colorado College with nine points on seven goals and two assists while goalie Jack Petit recorded nine saves.

The Wolverines led the Tigers, 13-6, at the break before tacking on nine more goals during the final 30 minutes, including six in the final session.

Grove City entered the 2022 season with high expectations after winning 35 of 51 contests over the last four seasons, including two Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) titles. The Wolverines have competed in the NCAA postseason twice, but have yet to record their first tournament win in program history (Grove City has lost back-to-back opening-round games to Cabrini University and SUNY Maritime).

Following an impressive start to the 2022 season, coach Alec Jernstedt tweeted the following: “This weekend was big for the story of our program and our guys. They’ve had an unrelenting belief and work ethic for (five) seasons now and got their first win over a ranked opponent. I know (it’s) just the start and I can’t wait to see what they do next. Love this team.”

The Wolverines will be idle this week but will return to action next Saturday, February 26 when they visit Baldwin Wallace University.

Salisbury women’s lacrosse extends its winning streak

Make it 21-straight victories for the Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team, which scored an opening day victory over Stevenson University on Saturday.

Salisbury, which won the NCAA Division III championship last May, has not lost a game since falling to Gettysburg College on March 11, 2020.

Erin Scannell and Delaney Hill each recorded hat tricks in the win while Mary Claire Hisle turned aside seven of 12 shots in the Sea Gulls’ ten goals (15-5) victory over the Mustangs.

Caroline Murphy led Stevenson with four goals on eight shots to go with one caused turnover.

As a team, the Sea Gulls registered 10 ground balls, completed 18 of 19 clears, and fired 38 shots.

Salisbury will visit Catholic University on Saturday, February 19. Like the Sea Gulls, the Cardinals secured a spot on 2022 Inside Lacrosse/Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) preseason poll after concluding its 2021 season with a 10-1 record.

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D3 Lacrosse: Five Teams To Watch This Weekend (Feb. 12-13)

Rick Smith will be one of a few student-athletes to watch on the Illinois Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Naprstek)

By NoontimeSports.com

The second week of the NCAA Division III lacrosse season began Sunday — February 6, to be exact — with more teams returning to the field this weekend.

Like we did last fall during football season, we will be highlighting five teams to watch every week this spring, so without further ado, let’s highlight the squads will be keeping our eyes on this weekend!


Colorado College (men’s lacrosse): A new chapter of Tigers men’s lacrosse begins this weekend with coach Mike Horowitz leading the Black and Gold into not one, but two contests.

Colorado College will travel to Memphis, Tennessee to compete against Illinois Wesleyan University on Saturday and Grove City College on Sunday.

Anders Erickson returns for his senior season after leading the team in goals (42), assists (44), and points (86) last spring where he became the second student-athlete in program history to record at least 40 goals and assists (or more) in a single season.  

Illinois Wesleyan University (men’s lacrosse): After an impressive 2021 campaign, which saw the Titans advance to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals, the Green and White return with expectations of not just winning the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) but perhaps contending for a national title.

IWU has the potential of a deep playoff run, but before the Green and White think about postseason lacrosse they will focus their attention on this weekend’s opponents: Colorado College and Rhodes College.

Saturday’s non-conference clash between the Titans and Tigers is what we would call a must-see, must-watch contest, which will feature some talented student-athletes on both ends of the field, including Rick Smith and Max Bousky, who were named the 2021 CCIW Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Smith produced 74 points on 49 goals and 25 assists while Bousky tallied a career-best 178 groundballs in 15 contests, which is an average of 11.86 ground balls per game.

The Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team clinched its second perfect season in program history last spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Joey Gardner, FotoJoe Photography)

Salisbury University (women’s lacrosse): After clinching its second perfect season in program history last May, coach Jim Nestor’s squad hopes to make a triumphant return to the national semifinals with hopes of contending for their second-straight championship.

Salisbury will take it one game at a time, the team’s motto for the 2022 campaign, which begins Saturday at Stevenson University. The two teams have not met since February 15, 2020, when the Sea Gulls soared past the Mustangs by a score of 14-2.

As expected, the Sea Gulls will be the team to watch this year, thanks to some key returners from last year’s squad, including Lydia McNulty, who produced career-highs in goals (62), points (72), ground balls (18), and caused turnovers (12). Additionally, McNulty was one of two student-athletes to locate the back of the net 11 times on 18 free position shots (Erin Scannell also converted 11 of 18 free position shots).  

Mary Clair Hisle returns between the pipes after starting all 20 games last spring.

Rhodes College (men’s lacrosse): Picked to finish second in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) inaugural preseason poll, the Lynx will once again be a team to watch, both in and outside of their conference, as well as this weekend against Grove City and Illinois Wesleyan.

Rhodes won five of nine games last spring, but lost to Centre College twice, including the conference championship.

Matt Leone and Ryan Dancy return after leading the Red and White in scoring while Tyler Pellegrino is back – he led the unit with 10 assists.

Virginia Wesleyan University (women’s lacrosse): After producing a 2-12 season last spring, the Marlins will look to begin its 2022 campaign with a win when they welcome Methodist University to campus for a Sunday matinee.

The Marlins and Monarchs have met four times with each squad winning two matchups.

Last season, Virginia Wesleyan trimmed a 12-4 deficit at the break with 10 second-half goals, which unfortunately was not enough to defeat Methodist, which tallied eight markers during the final 30 minutes.

Mikayla Callahan returns after leading the squad with 36 draw controls while Helen Kennedy-Butler is back after an impressive first season, which saw the Bel Air, Maryland native produce a team-high 21 goals and 27 points on 41 shots (Natalie Dunn also recorded 41 shots last spring).

Look For Centre Men’s Lacrosse To Continue Its Momentum From 2021

Will Hubbs and the Centre College men’s lacrosse team were picked to capture the SAA crown this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Teresa Poplin)

By Matt Noonan

Last season, the Centre College men’s lacrosse team made history by winning their first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament game against Denison University.

The one goal (12-11) victory against the Big Red did not spark a deep postseason run but left an impression on many that Centre is indeed ready to compete for the ultimate prize: a national championship.

“I honestly believe that we put in the work necessary to win and it’s just an amazing feeling to actually see it come to fruition,” Coach Grant Zimmerman said shortly after his team beat Denison last May.

That hard work — and yes, effort, too — has translated into the Colonels securing the top spot in this year’s Southern Athletic Association (SAA) men’s lacrosse preseason poll, which was released last Friday. Centre collected four of seven first-place votes; Rhodes College garnered a pair of first-place nods while Berry College secured one tally.

Centre is deserving of four first-place votes — perhaps a few more, especially after an impressive 2021 campaign saw the squad win 12 of 14 contests while capturing its first SAA Tournament title since 2014.

But for the Colonels to duplicate their success this season, they will need to rely on some key members of last year’s squad, including Will Hubbs, a junior attack from Louisville, Kentucky, that led the SAA with 38 goals while registering eight hat tricks in 14 games.

Hubbs, who was named the SAA Offensive Player of the Year, is just one of a few players to watch on Centre this spring — fans of the Yellow and White should also keep their eyes on JR Brockman, Graham Robbins, and Will Morrison.

Centre will commence its 2022 campaign on Saturday, February 12 with a visit to Wittenberg University, a team that has won two of three meetings against the Colonels. Last March, the Yellow and White captured their first-ever win against the Tigers, thanks to Jack Shannon and Ridr Knowlton.

The victory over the Tigers was followed by seven consecutive league wins, including a pair of conference tournament victories against Berry and Rhodes.

Following their trip to Springfield, Ohio, Centre will conclude the first month with a pair of non-conference meetings with Elmhurst University and Ohio Wesleyan University. Both squads concluded their respective 2021 campaign with a winning record but did not qualify for the NCAA Division III Tournament.

As we know, every contest, both non-conference or conference, is important. And for Centre to continue its success from one year ago, scoring some early-season wins could help the squad to continue its yearly pursuit of winning a conference tournament title, along with a deep postseason run.