SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – After going 1-1 this past week, the Lawrence Technological University women's lacrosse team finishes their non-conference match-ups with a trip to Walsh University (Ohio) on Tuesday, March 19th at 5 p.m.. Following this game, the team heads into conference play, opening up against Siena Heights University on Saturday at home, held at Birmingham Groves High School starting at 1 p.m.
The Blue Devil (1-5) squad is led by several key players that add to an average 11 caused turnovers, 27 ground balls and 10.5 goals per game. Leading the team in goals is Anna Gagnon(JR/Grand Haven, Mich.) with 20, sitting at the 18th spot in goals per game. Gabi Larkin (JR/South Lyon, Mich.) leads the team in assists at 10, holding the 15th spot in assists per game in the NAIA. Dorie Coggin (SO/Hamilton, Ohio) ranks sixth in the nation in total saves, collecting 55 and averages 9 per game, which sits her at 11th in the nation for that average.
After a tough loss in the beginning of the week to Keiser University (Fla.) 18-6, Lawrence Tech found their stride against Ave Maria University (Fla.) and flew home with a 18-5 win where seven different blue devils scored, and six of the 18 goals were assisted. Coggin had a game high of 61.5 % in the win and a game high of five goals against average.
The Walsh Cavaliers (5-1) have had two straight wins this .past week, putting up 21 goals on each team. Their lone loss was by the hands of Lincoln Memorial University (Tenn.) earlier in March. Averaging 16 goals per game, two Cavaliers had 20 or more points. Hannah McFeeters has 21 from 19 goals and two assists while Ellen Lawrence has 11 assists and nine goals. Six other players also have double digit points.
The number 10 seed Siena Heights (1-5) is on a three game slide, losing to Keiser University 24-11, Calvin 20-7 and most recently, Ohio Northern 14-7. The Saints average a little under 10 goals a game. They are led by their goalie Mariah Smith who has 40 saves, ranking 17th in the nation. Their main threat on attack is Alexis Nicole, who has 18 goals and 20 points this season. She is paired with Katherine Tapia who leads the team with three assists.