PREVIEW: Women's Lacrosse at Illinois Tech (4/8) | Elmhurst College (4/9)

Final road trip for the Crusaders will wrap up the 2017 season for 1st-year head coach Destinee Johnson.
Final road trip for the Crusaders will wrap up the 2017 season for 1st-year head coach Destinee Johnson.

(Illinois Institute of Technology) 

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FIRST DRAW

The University of Dallas women's lacrosse team concludes the regular season with two matches on the road April 8-9. First-year head coach Destinee Johnson is hoping her squad ends the spring on a high note. Saturday's contest at Illinois Institute of Technology will begin at 5 p.m. The finale on the campaign will be the next day at 12 p.m. against Elmhurst College.

The Crusaders picked up their third victory of the campaign last Sunday at Johnson & Wales University-Denver in 10-5 fashion. Lexi Leite (Houston, Texas) and Erika Keever (Fort Worth, Texas), who are the team's top two scorers respectively; hit three-goal hat tricks and UD shutout the Wildcats for the last 31:32 minutes of the match.


UD NOTES

- Leite is the team's leading scorer with 41 goals and has exactly 50 points now on the season.

- Gwen Mohler (San Francisco, Calif.) tied the school record for most assists in an individual season with 10. Leite is right behind her with nine helpers.

- Erika Keever (Fort Worth, Texas) boasts a season-long, 11-game scoring streak. Her 25 goals rank second on the squad with a team-high nine coming off free positions. Her 22 draw controls are one above Leite as the tandem of top scorers lead in that category, too.

- Mohler has accumulated a nine-game point streak and has 23 points behind her career-high 13 goals and record-setting assists mark mentioned earlier.

- Julia Shinkle (Ewing, N.J.) is third on the team in goals (16) and rounds out a quartet of players in double figures in points (18).

- These four players mentioned above have all scored in four-of-five contests.

- Christiane Flynn (Seattle, Wash.) scored her first collegiate goal last Saturday. The freshman combined for four groundballs, two draw controls, and five caused turnovers on the most recent road trip.

- Mason Cosgrove (Las Cruces, N.M.) also delivered a personal-best performance in the team's last win. The women's soccer dual athlete came up with a trio of caused turnovers and groundballs.

UD SEASON STATS


A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS

(Illinois Tech)

- The Scarlet Hawks hold an 11-1 record and are winners of their last five games.

- The most recent win was an 18-11 victory at Benedictine University (IL) on Wednesday.

- The Scarlet Hawks have not been home as much is away, with a 3-1 record at Stuart Field.

- The past four contests during this winning streak, Illinois Tech has reached double-digits. The offense is averaging 13.75 goals-per-game.

- A quintet of players have scored double figures with four eclipsing 20 goals. The team has outscored the opposition 165-80.

- Alyssa DeLuca highlights this powerful offense with 59 goals and 63 points.

- Isabella Rubin follows having placed 38 balls in the back of the cage.

- Madison Meredith has notched 59 points behind a team-high 33 helpers.

- Isabel Fitzpatrick-Meyers and Sarah Maciorowski round out the top five scoring unit with 20 and 16, respectively.

- Abbie Reynolds has 55 saves in 588:28 minutes as the primary goalkeeper.

- These programs have met on the pitch the last two seasons and split the meetings with the road team prevailing in each.

- In 2015, Dallas won at IIT's place 13-10. Patty Hahn (Plano, Texas) scored two goals and Mohler also had a goal. Meyers produced a hat trick for the Scarlet Hawks.

Illinois Tech Season Stats


(Elmhurst College)

- The Bluejays are 1-8 on the season, but just won their first match of the campaign.

- That triumph was a 12-9 result last Sunday at home against Cornell College.

- Wednesday's match on the road at Concordia University Chicago was postponed. Elmhurst has a road game at Carthage College on Saturday prior to its meeting with the Crusaders.

- Grace Knoebel leads the team with 20 goals.

- Ellen Brown follows with 14 points. Annette Stidham and Brown have a pair of assists for all-but one by the team.

- Sam Sepke and Stidham each have netted three goals.

- Megan Keener has played 440:42 minutes in between the pipes. She has made 69 saves.

- Sunday's match will be the first time UD and the Bluejays face each other historically.

Elmhurst Season Stats