D3 Lacrosse Notebook: Lynchburg Looks To Continue Its Early-Season Success

Nicki Santora netted five goals, including the game-winner in double-overtime in Lynchburg’s 13-12 win over Mary Washington last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: University of Lynchburg Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

It’s been an exciting few days for the University of Lynchburg women’s lacrosse team, which scored an impressive double-overtime win last Saturday against the University of Mary Washington before securing the final spot in this week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) D-III poll.

The Hornets’ win over the Eagles was their first in their last 13 attempts and should provide Lynchburg with some additional momentum heading into their next contest on Wednesday, March 24 against Christopher Newport.

Lynchburg’s 3-1 start is a testament to a trio of graduate students – Kelsi Trevisan, Carly Sandler, and Nicki Santora – who have combined for 44 points on 32 goals and 12 assists. Additionally, senior Leah Dumas has been a player to watch, especially last weekend when the Kennebunk, Maine native posted season-bests in points (five) and goals (four).

As a team, the Hornets are averaging 21.5 points per contest – they produced season-highs in goals (22), assists (11), and points (33) in their season-opener against Averett University last month before combining for 17 goals earlier this month against Meredith College.

Lynchburg is currently one of four teams in the Old Dominion Conference (ODAC) that has won at least three games thus far – Ferrum College has won four of seven matchups while Washington and Lee and Roanoke College each boast identical 3-0 records.

Washington and Lee, which is ranked third in the latest IWLCA poll, has also enjoyed a successful start to its 2021 campaign, as well, winning three-straight contests while averaging 22.00 goals per game.

The Generals, who are currently in first place in the ODAC, will look to extend their early-season winning streak to four games on Saturday when they visit Mary Washington for a 12 p.m. opening draw.

Allie Schwab is one of many players to watch on the Generals this season – she currently leads the Blue and White with 20 points on 10 goals and 10 assists, and is second in the ODAC in that same category behind Ferrum’s Erin Reynolds (16 goals and five assists).

Washington and Lee might be the favorite to win the conference crown later this spring, but Lynchburg is one of a few teams in the ODAC to watch over the next few weeks – the same could be said for Randolph-Macon College, Shenandoah University, and Roanoke College.

News and Notes from the NCAA D-III Lacrosse World

  • Franklin & Marshall is this week’s top team in the latest IWLCA Poll – the Diplomats, who were previously ranked second in the Top 25 coaches poll, will play their first game of the 2021 season next Saturday, March 27 against Ursinus College.

  • The Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team has enjoyed an impressive start to their 2021 season, winning five-straight contests, including back-to-back games against ranked opponents: Mary Washington and St. Mary’s (Md.). Salisbury will host The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) on Saturday, March 20 with opening draw set for 1 p.m. TCNJ enters the game with a 1-0 record.

  • As of this afternoon, it appears as if just two members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) will be playing games this spring. And they are the following: the University of Redlands and Chapman University. Both schools will play each other four times next month – it is possible we could see a fifth match-up on Saturday, May 1 – but as of now, the Bulldogs of Redlands will keep their focus on their initial foe of the 2021 season: Cal Lutheran University.

  • US Lacrosse Magazine republished a must-read from Lindsey Farrell, a former student-athlete with the McDaniel College women’s lacrosse team, about how the school made her who she is today.

  • Congrats to Kat Walton of Capital University, who recently recorded her 256th career point in the Crusaders’ recent win over Ohio Northern.

D3 Lacrosse Notebook: IWU Off To Fast Start

Rick Smith and the Illinois Wesleyan men’s lacrosse team has netted 56 goals in two games this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Naprstek)

By Matt Noonan

The 2021 season is off to a roaring start for the Illinois Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team, which has tallied 56 goals in two contests.

The 56 tallies is the most the any team in program history has recorded in their first two contests, erasing the original mark of 55 goals from 2018.

Rick Smith has been one of many players to watch thus far – the Frankfort, Illinois native highlighted his team’s 24-7 win against the Milwaukee School of Engineering by netting a school-record nine goals on 17 shots to go with two assists. Smith also led the team in shots on goal (14) while scooping four ground balls.

In addition to Smith, IWU’s attack has been powered by Charles Hildestad and Griffin DeMilt, who have combined for 14 goals and seven assists.

IWU’s fast start is identical to previous seasons, which have culminated in a trio of College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) tournament titles, along with three trips to the NCAA D-III Tournament.

The Titans are currently one of three teams in their conference that boast a 2-0 record – the Green and White will attempt to win their third contest of the 2021 season on Sunday, March 14 when they visit Rhodes College.

News and Notes from the NCAA D-III Lacrosse World

  • Salisbury University remains the top team in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll followed by RIT (second) and Tufts University (third).

  • Two days after their first contest of the 2021 season, Sewanne announced on Monday, March 1 that Nick DiBernardohas been appointed to head coach” of the Tigers’ men’s lacrosse program.

    DiBernardo, who is in his sixth season with the Tigers, was named the interim head coach of the program after serving five seasons as the team’s assistant coach.

    Sewanne returns to the field next Wednesday, March 10 when they host Piedmont College.

  • Rhodes College’s Meghan Keelan earned her 100th win on the sidelines earlier this week when the Lynx scored a 23-3 win over Hendrix College.

    Keelan, who is in her fifth season with the Red and White, has guided the Lynx to 57 wins. Prior to arriving at Rhodes, Keelan coached Shepherd University (NCAA D-II) for four seasons.

  • The Washington & Lee women’s lacrosse team will return to the field literally one year after beating Gettysburg College on March 8, 2020.

    The Generals, who enter the season ranked fourth on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), will commence their 2021 campaign when they visit Ferrum College next Tuesday, March 9.

    Both teams last met in 2019 with the Generals winning their conference matchup by a score of 24-0.

  • Three New England D-III conferences – Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), and New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) – have announced plans to play spring sports this season. Games are expected to begin later this month, but we do know the Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team will kickoff their campaign on Saturday, March 20 when they visit Clark University, according to their schedule release on Instagram.

  • The Lynchburg University men’s lacrosse team will attempt to win their third-straight contest of the 2021 season on Saturday, March 6 when they entertain Salisbury for a 12 p.m. face-off.

    The Hornets have won back-to-back contests this season against Randolph and Southern Virginia – the team is averaging 21 goals per game.

    Salisbury topped Lynchburg last season by a score of 16-10, thanks to Griffin Moroney, who finished the game with five points (four goals and one assist).

Mass. College Lax: Local Players Selected To IWLCA D3 Al-America Teams

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) honored 48 student-athletes yesterday with a selection to the IWLCA Division III All-America teams.

Below is a list of five local players that earned spots on either the First, Second or Third teams.

Alex Philie (Amherst College) – First Team

Rebecca McGovern (Williams College) – Second Team

Brigid Bowser (Tufts University) – Third Team

Emily Wright (Tufts University) – Third Team

Krista Zsitvay (Amherst College) – Third Team

Mass. College Lax: Local Squads Earn Spots On IWLCA Preseason Polls

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) released its 2014 preseason polls for each division on Monday, and below are the local squads that earned spots.

Division 1: Boston College rounded out the Top-20 with the final spot. The Eagles received 41 votes. North Carolina, the reigning national championships, was picked number one and received 398 votes, including 360 first place votes.

According to the Eagles’ athletic website, they were projected to finish seventh in the ACC. They received 23 votes. The Tar Heels were picked to finish first.

Juniors Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick were selected to the conference’s Preseason All-ACC Team.

The Eagles season begins next Saturday, February 15 when they travel to Notre Dame for a 1 p.m. start.

Division 2: Bentley University and Stonehill College each earned spots on the poll with the Skyhawks checking in the eighth spot, while the Falcons rounded out the Top-15. Merrimack College didn’t earn a spot on the poll, but was one of six teams that are also receiving votes.

Stonehill begins its campaign on Tuesday, March 11 at Rollins College, a squad that was picked fourth in the preseason poll, while Bentley travels to Le Moyne (fifth in the poll) on Saturday, March 1. Both squads will meet on Tuesday, April 8 in Waltham.

Kelsey Shannahan returns for her final season with the Skyhawks. She finished fourth on the team in points (58) last season. She netted 43 goals and recorded 15 helpers. Shannahan recorded at least one point (goal or assist) in each contest last season.

Bentley’s Taylor Bastien will also compete in her final season, too. Bastien led the Falcons in points (59) last year, as well as registered team-highs in goals (33) and assists (26).

Division 3: Amherst College was the only local squad, excluding a few teams from New England, which earned a spot on the poll. The Lord Jeffs checked in as the 13th best team in the country with 152 votes.

Amherst will kickoff its 2014 campaign on Saturday, March 1 when they travel to Maine to face Bates before returning home to host Babson (Wed. March 5) and Bowdoin (Sat. March 8). The Polar Bears also earned a spot on the poll, checking in five spots ahead of the Lord Jeffs.

Priscilla Tyler, who led the unit in points (29) and goals (27), returns for her third season.  

Mass. College Lax: Wheaton’s Mills & Soucier Earns IWLCA All-Region Honors

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s today’s release about two women’s lacrosse players who were named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Berkshire All-Region team:

NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College juniors Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) have been named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Berkshire All-Region team.

Mills and Soucier were both selected to the IWLCA Berkshire All-Region team for the first time in their respective careers. Mills was tabbed to the first team while Soucier collected second team laurels. The IWLCA honored 256 NCAA Division III student-athletes across eight different regions.

Mills picks up her second major award this season after earning New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Year honors. Mills is the fourth player in the history of the program to earn Athlete/Player of the Year honors joining Lauren Maynes ’04Vanessa Pisano ’05 and Hailey Colburn ’12. Maynes was a three-time winner from 2002-2004 while Pisano captured Player of the Year honors in 2005 and Colburn was selected as the NEWMAC Player of the Year last season.

Mills ranked first on the Lyons in goals (44) and points (56) starting in 17 out of 18 games during the season. Among all student-athletes in the NEWMAC, Mills was eighth in markers and points and 12th in assists (12). Mills also added 15 ground balls, 20 draw controls and six caused turnovers. Mills was pivotal to Wheaton’s perfect 6-0 record in conference play scoring 16 goals, dishing out five assists and collecting 21 points in league games only. Against Babson on Tuesday, April 16, Mills scored a career-high seven points (five goals, two assists) to help the Lyons clinch their fourth regular season title in program history.

Soucier, who is a two-time All-NEWMAC first team selection, guided Wheaton’s defense leading the conference in caused turnovers (31), ninth in ground balls (34) and 15th in draw controls (31). Soucier ranks 110th overall, nationally, in caused turnovers while the Lyons are 73rd overall in scoring defense at 9.78 goals per game. In conference play only, Wheaton allowed a league-best 8.00 goals against average.

Wheaton finished its 2013 campaign with an 11-7 record and 6-0 mark in the NEWMAC. The Lyons captured their fourth regular season title in program history.