WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 3, 2014)— The William and Mary lacrosse team will begin its conference slate when it plays at James Madison on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Scouting the Tribe
W&M enters Saturday’s conference opener with a 2-8 record overall and is coming off a loss at No. 18 Ohio State last weekend. The Buckeyes were the Tribe’s fourth nationally ranked opponent this season. Senior Taelor Salmon leads the team with 19 points (16g, 3a), while Ellen Shaffrey has totaled 15 points (12g, 3a) and a team-high 31 draw controls. Defensively, senior Hannah Clarke entered the week ranked third in the CAA with 1.7 caused turnovers per game. As a team, W&M entered the week leading the conference with 10.1 caused turnovers per game – a figure that ranked 17th nationally.
Scouting the Dukes
James Madison currently owns a 6-5 record overall and has posted a pair of one-goal victories against nationally ranked opponents – Loyola (Md.) and Penn State. Ali Curwin leads the team with 34 points (22g, 12a), while Stephanie Finley (23g, 10a) and Amy Roguski (23g, 4a) have totaled 33 and 27 points, respectively. Finley has also recorded a team-high 40 draw controls. As a team, JMU leads the conference in draw controls per game (12.27), points per game (16.82) and assists per game (5.45).
News and Notes
W&M-James Madison All-Time Series
W&M leads the all-time series with James Madison, 32-29-1. After winning five consecutive games against JMU from 2005-09, the Tribe has lost the last six meetings. Many of the recent contests have been close, as six of the last nine matchups have been decided by three goals or less.
Last Meeting vs. James Madison
The Tribe fell to James Madison, 18-7, on Senior Day at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on April 19, 2013. Zoe Boger led the College with three points (2g, 1a), while Taelor Salmon added a pair of goals. Although W&M got on the scoreboard first with a free position goal by Salmon less than a minute into the contest, the Dukes responded with an 8-2 run to close the half. JMU outshot W&M, 34-19, and held advantages in ground balls (21-7) and draw controls (14-12). Amy Roguski led JMU with seven points (6g, 1a) and five draw controls.
Last Meeting vs. James Madison in Harrisonburg
W&M fell at James Madison, 15-11, on April 13, 2012. The College led by as many as three goals in the first half, but JMU utilized a 7-1 run to start the second stanza to earn the victory. Kyrstin Mackrides led the Tribe with three goals, while Taelor Salmon totaled a team-high four points (2g, 2a).
W&M assistant coach Amanda Mathews was a standout player at James Madison from 2010-13, as she helped the Dukes earn a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and compile an overall record of 54-19 and a conference mark of 25-3. A three-year starter, she served as a team captain during her senior season and was selected to the CAA All-Tournament Team last spring.
The Tribe owns a 5-5 record in its conference openers during the last decade. Three of those contests have come against James Madison, as W&M owns a 2-1 advantage in those matchups.
Last Time Out
W&M owned a two-goal advantage midway through the second half at No 18 Ohio State but fell to the Buckeyes, 14-7, last Saturday afternoon in Columbus. W&M (2-8) led 7-5 with less than 20 minutes remaining in the contest, but OSU (8-4) closed the game with a 9-0 run to earn the comeback victory. Junior Ellen Shaffrey led the Tribe with three goals, four draw controls and two caused turnovers, while junior Kaleigh Noon (2g), freshman Shannon Quinn (1g, 1a) and freshman MC Curran (1g, 1a) all provided two points apiece. The College owned a 12-11 edge in draw controls, but OSU totaled more ground balls (28-17) and shots (28-13).
Shaffrey Honored as CAA Defensive Player of the Week
After a pair of outstanding performances last week, junior midfielder Ellen Shaffrey was selected as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week. In the Tribe’s games against Longwood and No. 18 Ohio State, Shaffrey totaled five points (4g, 1a), seven draw controls, four ground balls and four caused turnovers. The Charlottesville, Va., native’s best performance came versus the Buckeyes when she recorded three goals, four draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball. She also tallied two points (1g, 1a) with three draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the victory against Longwood.
In the CAA Rankings
Senior Hannah Clarke entered the week ranked third in the conference in caused turnovers per game (1.7) and fifth in ground balls per game (2.3). Additionally, junior Ellen Shaffrey ranks fifth in the league in draw controls per game (3.1), while freshman Abby Junior is fifth in caused turnovers per game (1.5). As a team, W&M leads the league in caused turnovers per game (10.1).
First Half Production
Much of the Tribe’s offensive production has come during the first halves of games this season, as 64 percent (51 of 80) of its goals have been scored in the opening 30 minutes of action.
W&M faces an incredibly tough schedule this season, as six of its opponents are currently ranked in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaching Association (IWLCA) top 20 national poll – No. 2 Maryland, No. 7 Duke, No. 16 Virginia, No. 17 Ohio State, No. 18 Albany and No. 20 Louisville. Additionally, Towson has appeared in the top 20, while James Madison has been among those receiving votes.
Among the Best
Senior goalie Colleen Nofi recently moved into the Tribe’s all-time top-10 list for career saves and ranks ninth with 178.
Closing in on the Top 10
Junior Kaleigh Noon is closing in on the Tribe’s career top-10 list for assists, as she needs just three more to tie Dan Vissers (40) for 10th all-time. Additionally, senior Hannah Clarke needs just eight more caused turnovers to tie Jamie Fitzgerald for 10th all-time at W&M.
Passing the Century Mark
Senior Taelor Salmon recently became just the 20th player in school history to total 100 goals, as her five scores in the win versus Longwood helped her reach the impressive mark. She currently ranks 20th all-time at W&M with 101 goals.
Another Close Game
The Tribe’s narrow 11-10 loss to Virginia Tech earlier this season marked the 21st time W&M has played in a game decided by two or fewer goals dating back to the start of the 2010 season. The College owns a 9-12 mark in those contests.
Strong Defensive Effort
When the Tribe limited Longwood to just three goals earlier this season, it marked the program’s best defensive effort since defeating Stetson, 21-3, on March 2, 2013.
Big Point Total
By scoring seven points (5g, 2a) in the win against Longwood earlier this season, senior Taelor Salmon became the first Tribe player to post the impressive total since she accomplished the feat against Longwood in 2012.
When freshman Abby Junior recorded five caused turnovers in the win against Longwood earlier this season, it marked the most caused turnovers by Tribe player since former All-American Sarah Jonson totaled nine (a single-game school record) versus Virginia Tech in 2011.
Good Starts Defensively
By holding Coastal Carolina and Longwood to just two first half goals earlier this season, it marked the Tribe’s best defensive efforts in the opening 30 minutes of action since limiting Stetson to two goals on March 2, 2013. The last time W&M held an opponent to fewer than two goals in an opening half came against Hofstra (one) on April 22, 2012.
A trio of W&M freshman earned starts in their collegiate debuts in the season opener versus No. 5 Duke, as Lindsey Jenks, Abby Junior and Julia McGrath all garnered spots in the starting lineup. Junior contributed a ground ball, a draw control and caused turnover, while Jenks added a ground ball. Two other Tribe freshmen also saw the field for the first time, as Shannon Quinn and MC Curran both tallied goals off the bench.
Senior midfielder Taelor Salmon was recently selected to the Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association Team. Having established herself as one of the league’s top players during the past few seasons, Salmon has totaled 80 points (64g, 16a) during the last two years. As a junior last spring, the Fort Washington, Md., native ranked second on the team in points (38), seventh in the CAA in points per game (2.2) and posted a .504 shooting percentage. The former CAA Rookie of the Year also recorded an outstanding sophomore campaign in 2012 when she led the Tribe with 42 points (31g, 11a) and ranked ninth in the league in points per game (2.47).
In addition to releasing preseason all-conference honors, the CAA announced its preseason predicted order of finish as selected by the league’s six head coaches. W&M was chosen to finish sixth. Towson was picked to finish first and was followed by James Madison, Hofstra, Delaware, Drexel and W&M.
New Era of Tribe Lacrosse
First-year head coach Hillary Fratzke is currently in her first season directing the Tribe, as she recently became the eighth head coach in W&M’s 44-year varsity history. A proven winner as both a coach and player, Fratzke assumed the head coaching duties this summer after spending the past three seasons at Northwestern where she helped the Wildcats win two NCAA titles and post a 61-7 overall record. The former three-time All-American is also very familiar with the CAA, as she was honored as the league’s player of the year twice during her standout playing career at Towson en route to helping the Tigers advance to the NCAA Tournament three times.
Looking for a Home Field Advantage
In addition to hosting the 2014 CAA Championship on May 2 and 4, the College’s regular-season slate includes 10 home games, which equals the most in program history. The Tribe hosted six of its first seven games at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field this spring. Additionally, W&M will close out the regular season slate with three consecutive home contests.
Tradition of Success
W&M is looking to build upon a tradition of success this spring, as it aims for its fifth double-digit win campaign in the past seven seasons.
W&M is led by a quartet of captains this season – Maggie Bermingham, Hannah Clarke, Colleen Nofi and Ellen Shaffrey. All four players are outstanding leaders and have made significant contributions on and off the field throughout their careers.