WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 19, 2012) - The William and Mary lacrosse team will close out the regular season when it plays at Drexel and Hofstra this weekend. W&M will square off against the Dragons on Friday at 7 p.m. before playing the Pride on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Tribe (3-12, 1-4) will look to build off one of its best performances of the season, as it defeated George Mason, 18-8, last Sunday. After leading the Patriots, 9-5, at halftime, the College pulled away by scoring seven of the first eight goals in the second half. Freshman Kaleigh Noon totaled a career-high six points (4g, 2a) and six draw controls in the victory en route to claiming her third Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week honor.
Sophomore Taelor Salmon leads the Tribe offensively with a team-high 38 points (29g, 9a). Additionally, the Fort Washington, Md., native ranks among the conference's top 10 in goals per game (1.93) and points per game (2.53). Senior Maggie Anderson and junior Kyrstin Mackrides have also played well and have totaled 35 and 32 points, respectively. Noon's 30 points (17g, 13) ranks fourth on the team, while she ranks fifth in the league in both assists per game (1.00) and draw controls per game (2.46).
Defensively, senior Sarah Mulvey leads the College with 15 caused turnovers and 36 ground balls, while her 2.40 ground balls per game ranks fifth in the conference. Freshman goalie Lucy Ferguson ranks second in the CAA with 9.0 saves per game, a figure that stands 15th nationally.
As a team, W&M leads the conference with a .493 shooting percentage and ranks second in saves per game (9.93).
Drexel enters Friday's game with a 9-5 record overall and a 2-3 mark in league action. After opening its season by winning seven of its first nine contests, the Dragons have dropped three of their last five. DU is led by Charlotte Wood, who ranks second in the league in goals per game (2.31) and fifth in points per game (3.08).
W&M leads the all-time series with Drexel, 10-2, and has won each of the last three meetings.
Hofstra enters the weekend with a 4-10 record overall and a 3-2 mark in conference play. Although the Pride suffered a seven-game losing streak midway through the season, it has bounced back by winning two of its last three contests. Jill Maier leads Hofstra with 20 goals, while Brittain Altomare has totaled a team-high 30 points on 14 goals and 16 assists. Jaclyn Pandolf has also played well and leads the CAA with 3.08 ground balls per game.