Women's Lacrosse |
April 27, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati lacrosse team (3-11, 0-7 BIG EAST) concludes its regular season when it travels to Notre Dame (12-3, 5-2 BIG EAST) on Saturday, April 28 at 12 p.m. and Detroit (5-8, 4-2 NLC) on Monday, April 30 at 2 p.m.
BEARCATS AGAINST THE OPPONENTS
Notre Dame and Detroit both lead the all-time series against Cincinnati, 3-0.
SCOUTING NOTRE DAME
The Fighting Irish are ranked No. 6 in the nation with a 12-3 overall record and 5-2 mark in the BIG EAST. No. 1 Northwestern recently snapped ND’s four-game winning streak, 17-7, on April 25. Maggie Tamasitis is dishing out a league-best 3.57 assists, while Lindsay Powell is fourth in the league with a team-best 41 goals. At the helm of the program is first-year head coach Christine Halfpenny.
Detroit is 5-8 overall with a 3-2 mark in the National Lacrosse Conference (NLC). It is led by Anna Eidem, who has scored a team-high 51 goals. The Titans most recent victory was against Presbyterian, 20-15, on April 20. Three goalies have seen time in net for Detroit, including Lexie McCormick, who has a 15.58 goals against average and .377 save percentage in 13 games. The Titans are also guided by a first-year head coach in Laura Maness.
LAST TIME OUT
The University of Cincinnati lacrosse team honored nine seniors during its Senior Day after being defeated by No. 2 Syracuse, 22-5, on April 22 at Nippert Stadium. Senior Laura Simanski and junior Kylie Ramsland led the Bearcats with two goals each.
The Bearcats came out of the gate quick, putting the first points on the board after just 46 seconds. It became a back-and-forth battle in the first six minutes, as Ramsland knotted it at 3-3 with 24:11 on the clock. But the Orange went on a 7-0 scoring run to put the game in SU’s control, 10-3, with 7:28 remaining in the first half. UC scored one more in the remaining minutes to head into the locker room down 12-4. Cincinnati was held to only one goal in the second half as Syracuse steadily built its advantage before settling with a 22-5 victory.
MERCIER ON SCORING STREAK
Senior Rachel Mercier is on a 14-game point-scoring streak. She scored a goal in the first 12 contests of the season, including a career-high four goals against Iona in the Bearcats’ home opener. Mercier entered her senior season with 11 career goals and has already surpassed that total with 16 goals this season alone.
DOMINATING OFF THE DRAW
Cincinnati is third in the BIG EAST in draw controls per game with 14.29, while freshman Megan Bell is second in the league and 16th in the nation in the same category (4.21).
THE BEST YET
UC honored nine seniors after the conclusion of its contest against Syracuse, including UC’s all-time leading scorer Laura Simanski. Simanski, a senior captain, is the career leader in points (167), goals (151), shots (306) and games started (63). She holds the record for most points (52) and goals (47) in a single season as a freshman. Simanski leads the team in goals (36) and points (42) this season after starting every game. Her seven goals against Villanova on April 30, 2010 are the most goals scored by a Bearcat in a single game.