Lacrosse Hits the Road for BIG EAST Swing|
April 11, 2013
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati's women's lacrosse team (6-5, 0-3) hits the road this weekend to take on the University of Connecticut and Syracuse University in a pair of BIG EAST contests. The first match is slated for Friday, April 12 at 3 p.m. in Storrs, Conn. against UConn. Following their contest with the Huskies (9-1, 2-1), the Bearcats travel to Syracuse, N.Y. to take on the Orange (7-3, 3-0). First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14.
-The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Bearcats 4-0. The last time these two teams met was last year on April 20, 2012 when UConn defeated Cincinnati 17-8 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.
-The Orange also lead the all-time series with the Bearcats 4-0. SU won the last meeting with the Bearcats, 22-5, on April 22, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Scouting the Huskies
-UConn is not currently ranked but is receiving votes in the IWLCA Weekly Poll.
The Huskies have 5 players with 17 goals or more. Lauren Kahn and Carly Palmucci lead the way with 22 goals each. Kahn has 22 assists to match her 22 goals.
-UConn's only conference loss this year came at the hand of Syracuse on March 22 as they fell to the Orange 18-7.
-The Huskies are 9-1 but have had several close calls this year including a 12-11 win in overtime against Villanova (5-6, 0-3). Five of their matches have been decided by two goals or less.
-The Huskies are undefeated in Storrs, Conn. this year. They have posted three wins and no losses on their home field.
-UConn has only 75 caused turnovers while their opponents are causing 95. The Huskies have 163 turnovers on the season, while their opponents have 142 turnovers.
-This is head coach Katie Woods' third season with the University of Connecticut.
Scouting the Orange
-Syracuse is ranked No. 5/6 in the nation
-The Orange are 7-3 this year, but undefeated in BIG EAST play. The Orange's three losses this year all came to teams ranked in the top five in the country (Maryland, Florida and Northwestern).
-The Orange have three players with more than 30 points this season. Junior Alyssa Murray leads the team with 29 goals and 14 assists for 43 total points. Senior Michelle Tumolo has 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points and freshman Kayla Treanor has 25 goals and 7 assists for 32 points.
-The Orange are scoring 13.8 goals per game but allowing 10 goals per game.
-The Orange have a .448 shooting percentage, while their opponents have a percentage of .510. Opponents also have a higher shots on goal percentage. Syracuse has a .74 shot on goal percentage while their opponents shoot .781 of their shots on goal.
-Alyssa Murray is second in the BIG EAST in goals per game with 2.9 goals per game.
Head coach Gary Gait is in his sixth season leading the Orange.
Last Time Out
The Bearcats hosted two matches this past weekend, splitting those contests. On Friday, April 5, the Bearcats defeated Marquette University 14-5. It was a great team win, let by Marissa Pierson's career night. She set career highs in goals scored in a game and total points in one game. She had four goal tallies and three assists to give her seven total points. Capturing their sixth win of the season, the Bearcats climbed to within one victory of program's record for wins in a season. On Sunday, April 7, the Bearcats hosted the No.6/7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Bearcats fought valiantly but fell short by a score of 13-6. Goaltender Meg Gulmi once again tied a career high with 13 saves in a single game.
One Team: Wettig Strong
In the games against Marquette and Notre Dame, the Bearcats have sported pink jerseys in support of one of their own. Senior defender Katelyn Wettig and her family have received overwhelming support from family and friends during this difficult time.
A large reason for the Bearcats' success this season has been the play of their defense, with freshman goaltender Meg Gulmi stepping up to lead the unit. With five games remaining in the season, the Bearcats have only given up 121 goals this year, making for an average of 10.88 goals per game. Last season they allowed 269 total goals for an average of nearly 17 goals per game. Gulmi is No. 1 in the BIG EAST in saves per game with 8.45 per game. All of these improvements on the back end have led to more Bearcat victories.
Home Sweet Home
The Bearcats are now 5-1 at home. Last Friday the Bearcats defeated the Golden Eagles of Marquette 14-5 at the Sheakley Athletics Center. The five home wins are the most in program history.
Stats and Records through Sunday, April 7
-Meg Gulmi is ranked first in the BIG EAST conference in saves with 8.45 per game.
-Taylor Young is 10th in the conference in shots per game with 4.18 shots per game.
-The Bearcats are fifth in the conference in save percentage at .447 and first in the conference in saves per game with 8.91 per game.
-Offensively, the Bearcats are third in the BIG EAST in shooting percentage, scoring on .491 percent of their shots.