WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (March 6, 2013) - Coming off an impressive 21-3 victory at Stetson last weekend, the William and Mary lacrosse team will return to action when it plays at Jacksonville on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Live stats will be available at judolphins.com.
The Tribe currently owns a 2-3 record overall and a 0-1 mark in conference play. However, two of W&M's three losses have come against nationally ranked opponents - Duke and Ohio State. Additionally, W&M is coming off a convincing 21-3 victory at Stetson in its last outing. The Green and Gold enter Friday's contest leading the Colonial Athletic Association goals (12.6), assists (6.0), points (18.6), draw controls (14.4) and saves (9.8), while it ranks second in ground balls (19.8) and is third in caused turnovers (10.4) and shooting percentage (.485). Individually, senior Kyrstin Mackrides (3.4), sophomore Kaleigh Noon (3.2) and junior Taelor Salmon (3.0) all rank among the league's top 10 in points per game. Additionally, Noon ranks second in assists (2.0), Mackrides ranks third in goals (3.2), junior goalie Colleen Nofi ranks third in saves (8.0) and freshman Zoe Boger ranks fourth in draw controls (3.3).
Jacksonville enters Friday's contest with a 4-2 record and is currently riding a three-game winning streak. The Dolphins' two losses have come against top-10 opponents (Syracuse and Florida), while they have defeated Vanderbilt, San Diego State, Presbyterian and Old Dominion. As a team, JU is averaging 13.2 goals per game and is allowing just 9.3 goals per contest. Individually, Taylor McCord leads the Dolphins with 17 points (10g, 7a), while Amanda Hurley has recorded a team-high 12 goals. Brit Orashen has also come up big with nine points (6g, 3a) and leads the squad in ground balls (17) and caused turnovers (10).
News and Notes
Friday's contest against between W&M and Jacksonville will mark the first time the two teams have met.
the Atlantic Sun
W&M owns a 1-0 record versus teams currently in the Atlantic Sun, as it defeated Stetson, 21-3, in its last outing. W&M has never played the league's other four teams - Detroit Mercy, Howard, Jacksonville and Kennesaw State.
Last Time Out
The Tribe cruised to a 21-3 victory at Stetson in its last outing on Saturday morning. The Tribe utilized a balanced attack, as 12 different players scored at least once in the lopsided victory. The win marked the team's largest margin of victory since defeating Longwood, 24-6, in 2007, while the three goals allowed were the fewest surrendered by W&M since defeating Davidson, 20-3, in 2005. Freshman Campbell Collier recorded a team-high six points (1g, 5a) and was just one assist shy of equaling the program's single-game record, while junior Taelor Salmon and sophomore Kaleigh Noon both finished with three goals and one assist apiece. Senior Kyrstin Mackrides also came up big offensively with three goals. W&M dominated the draws, 19-7, as senior Caitlin Murphy nearly matched a single-game school record with eight while freshman Zoe Boger totaled seven. Defensively, senior goalie Katie Geary and junior goalie Colleen Nofi combined to allow just three goals, while senior Brett Hayes posted three caused turnovers.
Salmon Honored as CAA Player of the
After a pair of outstanding performances, junior attacker Taelor Salmon was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week on Feb. 18. Salmon totaled nine points on seven goals and two assists in contests against American and No. 7 Duke. Additionally, the Fort Washington, Md., native recorded four ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers while posting a .500 shooting percentage (7-of-14). Salmon tallied five points (4g, 1a) with three ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover in the season-opening victory against American, while she registered four points (3g, 1a) with a ground ball and a caused turnover versus the Blue Devils.
Off to Solid Start
A preseason honorable mention all-conference selection, senior attacker Kyrstin Mackrides is off to a great start this season and has posted hat tricks in four of the first five games this season. Her best performance of the season came against No. 13 Ohio State when she recorded five goals on just five shots. The Newtown Square, Pa., native currently ranks third in the CAA in goals per game (3.2) and seventh points per game (3.4).
in on the Top 10
Senior attacker Kyrstin Mackrides is closing in on a pair of W&M's all-time top-10 lists, as she has totaled 129 career points and 105 career goals. Her points total currently ranks 17th, while her goals total ranks tied for 17th.
Posts Career-High Saves Total
Making just her second-career start, junior goalie Colleen Nofi posted an outstanding effort at No. 7 Duke and recorded a career-high 19 saves.
With its win against American, W&M improved its all-time record in season openers to 34-9-1. Additionally, the victory was the Tribe's ninth home-opening win in the last 10 seasons and improved the program's record to 27-7 in home openers since 1980.
Senior attacker Kyrstin Mackrides and senior midfielder Katie Stillwell were chosen as preseason honorable mention all-conference selections by a vote of the league's head coaches. A second-team all-conference selection in 2012, Mackrides led the Tribe with 32 goals last spring while ranking ninth in the CAA with 1.88 goals per game. En route to ranking third on the squad with 36 points as a junior, the Newtown Square, Pa., native also posted nine multi-goal games and six hat tricks. Stillwell was also a second-team All-CAA honoree last spring and returns for her senior season as one of the league's top midfielders. The Chantilly, Va., native recorded 15 points on 12 goals and three assists in 2012, while posting a .545 shooting percentage. Additionally, Stillwell totaled 20 ground balls, 21 draw controls and five caused turnovers.
In addition to releasing preseason all-conference honors, the CAA announced its preseason predicted order of finish as selected by the league's eight head coaches. W&M was chosen to finish sixth. Towson was picked to finish first and was followed by James Madison, Drexel, Delaware, Hofstra, W&M, Old Dominion and George Mason.
Led by senior attacker Kyrstin Mackrides and junior attacker Taelor Salmon, the Tribe returns seven of its top eight scorers from last season. Salmon posted a team-high 42 points (31g, 11a) last spring while Mackrides recorded 36 points (32g, 4a). Sophomore attacker Kaleigh Noon was also a key contributor and totaled 34 points (20g, 14a) during her rookie campaign.
As is the case every season, the Tribe will once again challenge itself against some of the nation's top teams this spring. The 16-game slate features four games against teams that competed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, while five opponents were nationally ranked in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaching Association (IWLCA) preseason poll.
Although W&M was unable to extend its streak of 10-win seasons last spring, many of its losses were very narrow defeats. In all, five of its losses came by two goals or less - including a 9-7 decision at then-No. 9 Penn State.
W&M is led by a trio of senior captains this season - Brett Hayes, Caitlin Murphy and Katie Stillwell. All three players are outstanding leaders and have made significant contributions on and off the field throughout their careers.