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The University of Dallas women's lacrosse team prepares to play its last home match of the 2017 season on Tuesday at 4 p.m. against Pacific University. The Crusaders end a busy stretch at the friendly confines as they played six-of-seven contests in March. Additionally, UD played eight-of-nine at home, which included all its games in Irving this season. The amount marked an all-time high for games played at Crusader Field since the program begun in 2004.
In the most recent two home contests over a week ago, Dallas split with a 21-13 victory against Carroll University and 14-8 setback two Saturday's ago versus University of Puget Sound. The 21-goal output tied a school record for the third time in program history. The Crusaders also set records in assists (11) and points (32) that match. In the setback, the Crusaders trailed by three (8-5) at halftime but were unable to close the gap.
Prior to Tuesday's starting lineups, Dallas will recognize a pair of seniors on the team looking to graduate this May. Gwen Mohler (San Francisco, Calif.) has lettered her two previous seasons on the team and is on pace to letter this spring. The Attack is having a career season with personal bests in goals (nine), assists (seven), and points (19). Holly Tonry (Seattle, Wash.) will also be recognized. The dual athlete from women's basketball joined the team last month and has appeared in two contests.
- Lexi Leite (Houston, Texas) has scored in every contest this campaign and has accumulated 34. She is tied with Mohler for the team-best in assists with seven. Leite combined for 10 goals in the last two home games, including a career-high seven versus Carroll.
- Erika Keever (Fort Worth, Texas) has scored in her last eight games and scored in nine contests total this season. Keever is second on the team in points (22) and goals (20). Keever leads the team in draw controls with 22.
- Julia Shinkle (Ewing, N.J.) rounds out the top three scorers with 13 goals. The junior pounded a career-best six goals in the team's record setting match over Carroll. She also scored in the Puget Sound matchup. Shinkle's two goals in the season opener at Puget Sound are the only ones not made at home.
- Lizz Winkler (St. Charles, Mo.) has accumulated 144 saves in 600 minutes this season as the goalie. Her 16 against Puget Sound matched her freshman's previous personal best against the same foe. Winkler also has 27 groundballs for a team-high.
SCOUTING THE BOXERS
- Pacific University is part of the Northwest Conference (NWC) and located in Forest Grove, Oregon.
- The Boxers are coming off an overtime victory, 9-8, against Carthage about a week ago. That snapped a three-game losing streak prior.
- Pacific embarks on its first road trip for matches outside the state and will play two down in Texas. After its matchup against Dallas, the squad travels to the other NCAA Division III women's lacrosse school in the state. That is Southwestern University and will be Thursday.
- The next six games will be away. The next three opponents after Tuesday's match are teams the Crusaders have played this season including: Southwestern, Puget Sound, and Linfield College.
- Individually, April Lanz has scored 17 goals and dished five assists for 22 points. She has attempted 34 shots and placed 28 on cage for an 82.4 percentile. She also leads the squad with 24 draw controls and within the top three in groundballs (12) and caused turnovers (15).
- Paisley Hiefield is the other player scoring in bunches with 14.
- Jordyn Godfrey has dished a team-leading seven helpers and is one point away from tying Hiefield with 15. Meg Chapman has 16 groundballs for a team-most.
- Adrienne Salzwedel has been the primary goalkeeper suiting up for 292:26 minutes. She has snagged 38 saves.
- The Crusaders are 1-3 in the overall series.
- The most recent was a 19-6 setback in Irving on March 26, 2012.
- Dallas won the first ever meeting between these squads on Mar. 27, 2007, in a 7-4 final. The following two seasons were triumphs for the Boxers – each road games for UD.
With the calendar flipping to April, Dallas concludes the last stretch of the ledger on the road. This weekend the team is in Colorado as it plays Benedictine College (KS) on the campus of Johnson & Wales University. That contest is slated for 2 p.m. on Apr. 1. The next day, a 12 p.m. start time is scheduled for 12 p.m. against the host site team. Both times listed above are central.