ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's lacrosse team will make its fourth-straight appearance in the Eastern College Athletic Conference championship tournament, hosting Pfeiffer University in a first-round contest at Long Bridge Park on Wednesday, May 8; the game is set for 4 p.m.
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How we got here:
The Saints finished the regular season with a 12-7 record, including a 4-2 record in conference play during the first season of the Atlantic East Conference. Marymount earned a berth into the Atlantic East tournament, defeating Gwynedd Mercy University in a first-round game, 22-11. The Saints won seven of their last nine games of the regular season to solidify the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic East tournament and the chance to play in the ECAC tournament.
How they got here:
Pfeiffer finished the year with a 10-1 record, with a 9-1 clip in the USA South Athletic Conference. The Falcons opened the year on a 6-0 streak, before taking their first loss. They won the final-five games of their schedule.
Last time we met:
Last season, Marymount and Pfeiffer met in an ECAC tournament first-round game, with the Saints taking a 14-8 win. The Saints got off to a hot start with a 7-1 run, before leading 9-2 at halftime. The seven-goal advantage was plenty for the Saints to take the win. Then-junior Jessica Crew led the team with six goals, while senior Abby Wescott notched five points on a team-high four assists and one goal. Crew also led the team with four caused turnovers, while then-junior Holly Reik made 10 saves in over 54 minutes in goal.
The Marymount senior class has made its mark in the program record books this season, with attackers Jessica Crew and Kelly Campbell, midfielder Bridgette Stacom, and goalkeeper Holly Reik all moving into program top-10 rankings.
Crew is having a career year for the Saints, setting the single-season program record for goals, currently sitting at 82 on the year. Her 90 points is third all-time for a single season. For her career, Crew is the all-time program leader with 244 goals, while ranking second in points (279) and ninth in draw controls (129).
Stacom took over the No. 1 spot in program history in draw controls, this season, with 270 on the year. She also has moved into the top 10 with 156 points (seventh), 128 goals (fourth), and 70 caused turnovers (fifth).
Campbell has moved up the offensive ranks, currently sitting at No. 11 in the program with 136 points and is tied for 10th with 101 goals. Her 35 career assists is tied for 11th, with Crew.
In the cage, Reik hit the 600 save mark for her career this year, and currently is No. 2 in program history with 691 saves.
Top of the conference:
Four Saints were named to the first-ever All-Atlantic East teams, with seniors Jessica Crew and Bridgette Stacom earning first-team honors. Senior Holly Reik and sophomore Caroline Wolford were named second-team selections.
Crew currently sits second in the conference with 83 goals and third with 92 points, while Stacom ranks ninth with 64 points and 49 goals. Stacom also ranks third in the Atlantic East with 112 draw controls on the year.
Reik and Wolford led the second-best defense in the conference, holding opponents to 11.26 goals per game. Reik sits No. 2 in the league with 196 saves and a 11.52 goals-against average, while Wolford adds nine caused turnovers and 15 ground balls.
The winner of Wednesday's game will advance to the semifinal round on Saturday, May 11 and take on the winner of another first-round game between Drew University and Neumann University; the opening draw for the semifinal game is set for 11 a.m., at, host, Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham.