Women's Lacrosse |
April 10, 2009
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The University of Cincinnati lacrosse team welcomes No. 16/14 Loyola (Md.) to Nippert Stadium on Saturday, April 11 for a Noon contest. The Greyhounds enter the game with an 8-4 overall record and a 1-3 BIG EAST record in 2009. Cincinnati plays its third ranked opponent in five games and looks to snap a four game losing skid against the Greyhounds.
Cincinnati is coming off an 15-10 loss to Rutgers on Sunday (April 5). UC took the lead, 3-2, midway through the first half when Natalie Starvaggi found the back of the net on a free position attempt. Cincinnati tied the game up, 10-10, at the 15:19 mark in the second half when Laura Simanski scored her fourth goal of the game, but the Bearcats were held scoreless the remainder of the game.
Loyola is led by sophomore Grace Gavin, who leads the team in goals with 39. Gavin has taken twice as many shots (95) as her nearest teammate (43) and ranks in the Top 5 in three different statistical categories in the BIG EAST. Sophomore Cara Filippelli leads the greyhounds on defense, with the team's most groundballs (31) and caused turnovers (25). Loyola's lone conference win came against Connecticut by a margin of 17-2. This will be the Greyhounds first lacrosse match in the state of Ohio.
The Bearcats are led statistically by freshman Laura Simanski, who has 36 goals in 2009. Simanski overtook teammate Lindsey Marshall's 2008 season goal total of 30 to become the program's single-season goal leader. The freshman leads the team in goals, points (39), and shots (63).
Loyola will serve as UC's sixth ranked opponent in 2009. The Bearcats played three ranked opponents in their inaugural season and are looking for their first win over a ranked opponent.
Katherine Russo, who has started all 12 games for the Bearcats, was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time this season after her performance against nationally ranked Johns Hopkins and Villanova. Russo gave up 18 goals for the week, but had 22 saves, including two crucial saves with 23 and 17 seconds remaining in the victory over Villanova. She was also named to the Honor Roll for the week of Feb. 23.
Lynsey Burton, MacKenzie Parsons, and Natalie Starvaggi each have 10-plus goals this season. Burton has scored the first goal of a game four times in her career - including the first goal in UC history, on a free position attempt at the 22:10 mark of the first period at Vanderbilt on Feb. 14, 2008. Parsons has scored eight goals in the last seven games and has 13 for the year while Starvaggi surpassed her number of goals scored in 2008 (8) at Connecticut (March 27) and has 12 goals in 2009.
Senior Lindsey Marshall has a team-high 17 caused turnovers and has scored 26 goals this season. Freshman Lauren Houck is UC's assist leader, dishing out an impressive 11 total assists and twice recording 4-assist games in 2009. Freshman Ali Mattingly leads the squad with 27 controlled draws while classmate LB Zinkand leads the team with 30 ground balls.
Lindsey Marshall, Patty Kelly, Natalie Starvaggi and Paige Stratton are the 2009 captains. The group of leaders provide solid experience for the 2009 squad that includes 15 newcomers.
Cincinnati's game against Detroit on April 29 has been moved to April 27. The Bearcats will play Detroit on April 27 at 7 p.m. at Indian Hills High School in Cincinnati.