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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.

D3 Lax Notebook: Lynchburg Enters March With Some Momentum

Dylan Wolfe and the Lynchburg men’s lacrosse team will test their momentum on Saturday against Salisbury. (PHOTO COURTESY: Erin Farina/LynchburgSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

The second month of the 2022 NCAA Division III lacrosse season arrived yesterday.

Today, we have a slew of must-see, must-follow matchups. But before we settle into watching these games, let’s revisit some news and outcomes from the past few days.

Let’s begin with the University of Lynchburg men’s lacrosse team.

The Hornets enter the second month with a great deal of momentum as they won all three matchups in February, including one this past weekend against Cabrini University.

Lynchburg’s 15-9 win against Cabrini was their first since March 1, 2015.

Dylan Wolfe and Ryan Kenney highlighted the six-goal win over the Cavaliers – the duo combined for eight goals and two assists while Patrick Moore picked up his third win between the pipes with eight saves.  

Lynchburg will face a challenging test on Saturday when they visit Salisbury University in what could be a potential NCAA Tournament preview in Maryland.

“We love playing Salisbury,” Wolfe said shortly after his team’s win over Cabrini.

“If we can play a full game against Salisbury – we’re going to play them super tough (and hopefully) come out with the win.”

Wolfe, Kenney, along with other members of the Hornets will need to play their best against the second-ranked Sea Gulls, who will be in action this afternoon against Stevens Institute of Technology.

Salisbury has won two games thus far, including an 11-6-win last Saturday against Gettysburg College.

Speaking of Salisbury, their women’s team has been a team to watch these last few weeks — the Sea Gulls picked up their fourth win of the season yesterday with a 15-7 win over Rowan University, thanks to Erin Scannell, who netted a season-high four goals.  

Scannell has enjoyed a successful start to her junior season by scoring 13 goals in four contests while dishing out two assists. She currently leads the team in goals and points (15).

Payton Bennett and the Rhodes women’s lacrosse team recently defeated Colorado College for the first time in program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rhodes Collge Athletics)

Rhodes College women’s lacrosse bounced back from an opening day loss last month to The University of Alabama in Huntsville with a pair of victories this past weekend.

The Lynx scored their first-ever win against the Tigers (11-10 OT) on Friday before capping the weekend with an 18-5 victory against Illinois Wesleyan University.

Rhodes is in action this afternoon when they welcome the University of Mary Washington to Memphis, Tennessee.

Fans of the Lynx should keep their eyes on Baylee Barker and Payton Bennett, who have combined for 16 goals and three assists in three contests. Goalie Emma Bradley, who is also a player to watch, has turned aside 39 shots thus far and was recently named the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Defensive Player of the Week.

Following Rhodes’ non-conference meeting with Mary Washington, the Lynx will visit Birmingham-Southern College on Saturday for their first league meeting of the season.

Finally, Abby Stoller enjoyed a successful debut with Simmons University as the Sharks topped UMass Dartmouth, 19-7, last night.

Stoller, a graduate student that previously competed for UMass Amherst, concluded her initial contest with the Navy Blue and Gold with a career-high six goals, including four in the opening session.

Simmons will welcome Salve Regina University to Daly Field on Friday.