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Mass. College Lax: Emmanuel, Wheaton To Meet In First Round Of NCAA Tourney

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Emannuel College women’s lacrosse team will travel to Wheaton College on Wednesday, May 7 for a first round NCAA Division 3 Tournament matchup, which is slated for a 7 p.m. start. The winner will advance to Saturday’s second round contest against Williams College, a match that’s slated for a 1 p.m. opening draw.

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about the Lyons’ NCAA Tournament appearance:

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team will play Emmanuel College for the first time in program history on Wednesday, May 7 on Nordin Field as the Lyons will clash with the Saints in the first round of the NCAA Division Tournament under the lights at 7 p.m.

WHEATON (13-6) – The Lyons enter the tournament on a four-game winning streak having outscored opponents 48-26 during that span. Wheaton earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after defeating MIT, 15-5, in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Semifinals and Babson College, 8-5, in the title game. The Blue and White currently rank first in the conference in ground balls (362) and caused turnovers (189), second in assists (93), third in goals against average (9.16) and fourth in goals (188) and save percentage (42.0).

Sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy), who earned NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors last weekend, leads the squad in points with 74 on 50 goals and 24 assists alongside 45 ground balls, 36 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers. Classmate Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) is second on the team with 50 points (19g, 31a), while senior Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) is third (33g, 8a, 41p), sophomore Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) is fourth (28g, 10a, 38p) and junior Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) rounds out the top-5 point scorers (20g, 1 a, 21p).

Defensively, NEWMAC All-Conference first team selection Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) has anchored the Lyons all season. Soucier ranks first on the team in draw controls with 65 total in addition to 42 ground balls, 26 caused turnovers, two goals and one assist. Soucier will enter tournament play ranked second all-time in draw controls (165), third in caused turnovers (122) and ninth in ground balls (167) in program history.

Classmate Haley Bright (Cumberland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) has collected 28 ground balls, four draw controls and caused 12 turnovers, while junior Anna Viragh (Columbus, Ohio/Wellington School) has compiled 30 ground balls, three draws and 14 caused turnovers and sophomore Mia Cambi (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) leads the squad in caused turnovers with 27 alongside 29 ground balls and three draws. Junior goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) is 13-6 overall between the pipes with a 9.16 goals against average (GAA), 126 saves and a .420 save percentage.

Bright, Mills and Sabol were named to the NEWMAC All-Conference second team along with Soucier’s first team selection last week. Head coach Emily Kiablick also earned NEWMAC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in her career.

EMMANUEL (15-2) – The Saints enter the NCAA Tournament on an 11-game winning streak having scored double-digit goals in every game but one during that span. Emmanuel scored a season-high 20 goals in its Great Northeast Atlantic Conference (GNAC) Tournament quarterfinal matchup against Saint Joseph’s (Conn.) en route to its first-ever conference championship with a 17-7 victory over Saint Joseph’s (Me.). Wednesday’s tilt with Wheaton will mark the Saints first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Emmanuel leads the GNAC in goals (246), assists (116), draw controls, GAA (7.64) and save percentage (50.2). Saints’ sophomore Kristen Tuleja (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) ranks second in the conference in points with 92 on 61 goals and 31 assists. Junior Sarah Wootten (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) is second on the club with 58 points (30g, 28a), while sophomore Sarah Higgins (Groveland, Mass./Pentucket Regional) is third with 53 points (44g, 9a). In goal, sophomore Lauren White (Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield) is 15-2 on the year with a 7.64 GAA, 134 saves and a .502 save percentage.

The Saints had five student-athletes claim All-GNAC honors including Tuleja and Higgins who were both named to the first team. Wootten, White and Emily Baker (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) were all named to the second team. Emmanuel head coach Liz Goddard also received GNAC Coach of the Year accolades.

LOOKING AHEAD – The winner of Wheaton/Emmauel will play Williams College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Williams on Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. The Ephs earned an at-large bid into the tournament with their 13-4 record on the season. Williams is 7-5 all-time in the tournament and finished second in both 1998 and 2000.

 

Mass. College Lax: GNAC WLAX Tournament Preview & Schedule

By Matt Noonan 

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s lacrosse tournament begins this afternoon with three local squads competing for a championship.

One of the teams – Emmanuel College – enters the tournament as the top seed after concluding its conference slate 10-0. Kristen Tuleja leads the Saints in points (72) and goals (48). She recorded eight points in two games this season and matched Sarah Wooten with 24 helpers. Lauren White, the team’s goaltender, saved 102 shots this season and yielded 113 goals. White also won 12 games this season, too.

The Saints will begin tournament play against University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) at 7 p.m. in Boston. Emmanuel defeated the Blue Jays earlier this season, 16-12. Emily Baker led the Blue and Gold with a hat trick, the first of her collegiate career, while White picked up her 10th career victory.

Lasell College will host Rivier University at 3:30 p.m. in Newton. The Lasers concluded its regular season slate 9-7 overall and 7-3 in conference play. Lasell defeated Rivier earlier this season, 18-9. Britney Wuorio led all players with 10 points on six goals and four assists, while Ashlee Pechulis netted five goals on five shots.

Wurio is fourth in the conference in goals (48), but the top point scorer with 96. She’s posted 11 points in two games this season, along with 10 points, which occurred against the Raiders. The Bolton, Mass. native has compiled 415 points over four seasons with the Lasers and will look to extend her team’s season with a win this afternoon.

Simmons College, which earned the sixth seed for the tournament, will travel to Norwich University for its first-round contest at 7 p.m. The Sharks won three of its final four contests, but fell to the Cadets earlier this month, 12-3. Norwich led Simmons at the break, 7-3, but pushed ahead for good by scoring five more goals in the second session.

Crystal Derosier, Simmons’ goaltender, is fourth in the conference in save percentage (46.6%). She posted one shutout earlier this season against Anna Maria and deflected a season-high 21 shots in a 15-11 win over Regis College.

The final GNAC contest pits St. Joseph’s (Maine) against Johnson & Wales (R.I.). That particular clash is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start.

GNAC Women’s Lax Tournament Schedule:

QUARTERFINALS

* Rivier @ Lasell, 3:30 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

* St. Joe’s (Conn.) @ Emmanuel, 7 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

* Simmons @ Norwich, 7 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

* JWU @ St. Joe’s (Maine), 7:30 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

SEMIFINALS

* Emmanuel/St. Joe’s (Conn.) vs. Lasell/Rivier (Thursday, Apr. 24)

* Norwich/Simmons vs. JWU/St. Joe’s (Maine) (Thursday, Apr. 24)

FINALS

* Winner of 1st Semifinal vs. Winner of 2nd Semifinals (Saturday, Apr. 26) at the highest seed