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The University of Dallas women's lacrosse team plays the remainder of its schedule the next two weekends on the road. First up are a pair of matches hosted at Johnson & Wales University – Denver. On Saturday, Dallas takes on Benedictine College at 2 p.m. (CST). Sunday, the Crusaders play the host school at 12 p.m. (CST).
The Crusaders are 2-9 on the season and coming off back-to-back losses that closed a three-game homestand 1-2. The most recent was this past Tuesday versus Pacific University.
- Lexi Leite (Houston, Texas) did not score in the most recent match to snap her scoring streak at 17 matches in a row dating back to 2016. The leading scorer on the campaign with 34 did contribute an assist to give her 42 points on the year and keep that streak alive at 18.
- Erika Keever (Fort Worth, Texas) is second on the squad in goals (21) and points (23). She has scored in nine straight contests and had a pair of hat tricks in two-of-three games.
- Julia Shinkle (Ewing N.J.) rounds out the top three scorers with 14. The junior is on a three-game scoring stretch, with her personal best six goals in the team's win over Carroll University a couple weeks ago starting the string.
- Gwen Mohler (San Francisco, Calif.) is the third player on the Crusaders to have etched a point in all-but one match this spring. The senior had a six-game scoring streak ended Tuesday, but dished an assist to keep her on pace for the team-lead with Leite. The duo both have eight.
- Holly Tonry (Seattle, Wash.) has only played three matches but has combined for seven groundballs overall. Three have been picked up in the last two games played, which includes Tuesday.
- Lizz Winkler (St. Charles, Ill.) has made 114 saves and played all 660 minutes through 11 games this season.
A LOOK AT THE OPPOSITION
- The Ravens are 7-2 on the season and are winners of their past four.
- The latest victory for BC was on Saturday against Clarke University.
- In that match, Mary McEnerney had seven goals and three assists. Caitlyn Chickey added five scores and Kacey Moore fired four in the back of the net.
- They are a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and are a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school.
- Benedictine gets to play UD's Sunday opponent on Friday.
- So far the team is 4-2 in away matches.
- The program is in its second season as Amanda Magee joined in February of 2015 as the first head coach.
- Last season these teams played each other on Crusader Field. Benedictine won 18-11 after outscoring UD 11-4 in the second half.
- Leite did pour in five goals for a season-high that year. Keever also scored and Mohler dished a pair of helpers.
- The Ravens were led by Lizzie Darrow with eight goals. Chickey had the other hat trick with three.
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- The Wildcats are 0-6 on the season with half those setbacks coming at the home confines.
- Johnson & Wales is currently NAIA and part of the KCAC. However, the school announced in March that it will become the ninth member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) in 2017-18.
- Dallas is playing this team for the first time in program history.
- The Wildcats are hosting Benedictine Friday. After UD plays the Ravens Saturday, the three-day weekend of women's lacrosse concludes with the Crusaders playing the host site team Sunday.
- Kyra Gangemi paces the offense with 11 goals. The team has 14 overall.
- Gangemi is also the team leader in groundballs (13), draw controls (21), caused turnovers (5), shots (19), and shots on cage (15).
- Stormie Acosta, Elizabeth Cunningha, and Caroline Ellis have the other scoring plays.
- Madison Herbert has made 37 saves on the season. She has played 150 minutes in between the pipes.
Dallas concludes the regular season on April 8-9. The first contest is that Saturday at Illinois Institute of Technology at 5 p.m. The final match of the spring is the next day at 12 p.m. at Elmhurst College.