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The University of Dallas women's lacrosse team begins a five-game home stretch starting this weekend. The Crusaders home opener starts Saturday versus University of Saint Mary (KS) at 12:30 p.m. Dallas will also play fell Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) foe Southwestern University on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Crusaders are 0-2 and seeking their first victory of the 2017 campaign. They dropped two matches last weekend hosted at University of Puget Sound. The first match was a 16-11 setback to the host school. Most recently, UD was topped 14-5 by Linfield College.
- Lexi Leite (Houston, Texas) leads the team in scoring with six goals. One of last season's leading scorer has picked up a hat trick in both matches and has an assist for seven points.
- Claire Gagliano (Peachtree City, Ga.) has matched her goal total in both games with two apiece. She has two helpers to give her six points.
- Katie Crnkovich (Walnut Creek, Ga.) has eight groundballs to sit atop of the squad. Gagliano (4) and her (3) have combined for seven caused turnovers. Patty Hahn (Plano, Texas) has picked up five groundballs.
- Lizz Winkler (St. Charles, Ill.) has notched 19 saves in 120 minutes during her collegiate debut season.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS
(University of Saint. Mary)
The Spires open their regular season on Friday against Oklahoma Baptist University. Last season, they went 2-10 overall. Saint Mary plays in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and are a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC).
Last season, these teams were supposed to play but the match was cancelled. Saturday will be the first time these programs meet on the field.
The Pirates are 1-1 on the young season and are coming off a 15-5 setback to Occidental College last Sunday. Prior to that, Southwestern prevailed in a tight 11-10 final against Whitman College. Both contests were at home for the Pirates, so Sunday's match will be their first one away from the friendly confines.
Emma Albin leads the team with four goals and two assists for six points. A trio of players follow with three goals on the season. Kaitlyn Campbell, Hayley Donnelly, and Johnee Wolter create the trio. Allison Cook is the other Pirate with multiple assists. Jordan Little has played 120 minutes in goal and made 15 saves.
These programs are the lone two that offer NCAA Division III in Texas. Southwestern has won all three matchups dating back just as many years in a row. Last season, the Pirates won 16-0 in Georgetown. The only time these teams played in Irving was in 2015. It was a sloppy day for weather, as the match was called after 48 minutes of action.
Dallas remains home and will play Millsaps College on March 4 at 11 a.m. They remain home for two more matches later that week against University of Northwestern (MN) and Beloit College (WI) on Mar. 8 and 10.