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NCAA women's lacrosse Cortland regional preview

Contact Jim Taylor 315-859-4685
Posted May 12, 2011
Tags Women's Lacrosse

Nationally ranked No. 3 Hamilton College takes on No. 8 Colby College in a 2011 NCAA Division III women's lacrosse championship regional semifinal at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex on Saturday, May 14, at 2:30 p.m. Hamilton's T.J. Davis will provide a live audio stream for any regional games that involve the Continentals.

No. 4 Cortland and No. 13 Tufts University meet in the other regional semifinal at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The regional semifinal winners play in the regional final at Cortland on Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m., with a spot in the national semifinals on the line.

Audio stream (Hamilton games only)
Championship bracket
SUNY Cortland athletics web site
Live statistics

Hamilton (18-1 overall) has won 16 straight games, including a 14-7 victory against SUNY Brockport at home in Wednesday's first round. The Continentals and Colby will play each other in the NCAA championship for the third time in the last four years. Hamilton is 4-0 all-time against the Mules, 14-18 against Cortland and 2-4 against Tufts.

Hamilton is in the NCAA championship for the fifth straight year and the seventh time in program history. The Continentals -- 13-5 all-time in this event -- won the national title in 2008, reached the semifinals in 2009 and lost in the championship game last year.

Colby (14-4) received an at-large bid after the Mules lost to Trinity College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship final on May 8. Colby routed Norwich University 17-4 in the first round.

Cortland (19-1) has won 17 games in a row since a 12-5 loss at undefeated College of New Jersey way back on March 13. The Red Dragons handed Hamilton its lone setback this year, 12-9, on March 22. Cortland -- the SUNYAC regular season and postseason champions -- breezed to a 21-3 victory against Keene State College in the first round.

Tufts (12-6) received an at-large bid after the Jumbos finished fifth in the NESCAC with a 5-4 conference record, and advanced to the conference championship semifinals. Five of Tufts' six losses have been by a single goal. The Jumbos thumped Endicott College 17-6 at Endicott in the first round.

A capsule look at all four teams can be found below.

HAMILTON COLLEGE CONTINENTALS
Location
: Clinton, N.Y.
Overall record: 18-1
Road/neutral record: 8-0
Conference: Liberty League
League record (finish): 8-0 (First)
National rank: No. 3
How they reached the NCAA championship: Liberty League’s automatic bid
Head coach: Patty Kloidt, ninth year at Hamilton, 131-32 (157-65 overall)
NCAA championship appearances (last): Seventh (2010)
NCAA championship titles: One (2008)
NCAA championship record: 13-5
Goals per game: 14.11
Goals allowed per game: 6.53
Leading goal scorers: Rachel Friedman ’13 (68), Sarah Bray ’11 (41), Libby Schultz ‘12 (34)
Assist leaders: Bray (39), Friedman (16), Schultz (15)
Starting goalie: Dewi Caswell ‘14 (6.30 gaa, .495 save pct., 7-0 record)

COLBY COLLEGE MULES
Location
: Waterville, Maine
Overall record: 14-4
Road/neutral record: 7-4
Conference: NESCAC
League record (finish): 6-3 (Third)
National rank: No. 8
How they reached the NCAA championship: At-large bid
Head coach: Karen MacCrate-Henning, 4th year at Colby, 58-17 (161-38 overall)
NCAA championship appearances (last): Fifth (2010)
NCAA championship record: 5-4
Goals per game: 12.47
Goals allowed per game: 7.52
Leading goal scorers: Lindsey McKenna ’14 (39), Kate Pistel ’13 (25), Anne Geraghty ‘11 (21)
Assist leaders: Sarah Lux ’14 (24), Claire Donegan ’12 (15), Pistel ’13 (13)
Starting goalie: Sarah Warnke ’11 (7.89 gaa, .514 save pct., 14-4 record)

SUNY CORTLAND RED DRAGONS
Location
: Cortland, N.Y.
Overall record: 19-1
Home record: 10-0
Conference: SUNYAC
Conference record (finish): 8-0 (First)
National rank: No. 4
How they reached the NCAA championship: SUNYAC’s automatic bid
Head coach: Kathy Taylor, third year at Cortland, 50-11
NCAA championship appearances (last): 15th (2010)
NCAA championship record: 10-14
Goals per game: 15.26
Goals allowed per game: 7.63
Leading goal scorers: Maria Di Fato ’13 (58), Lindsay Abbott ’12 (52), Ashley Cook ’14 (48)
Assist leaders: Abbott (65), Cook (25), Di Fato (21)
Starting goalie: Ally Levy ’13 (6.84 gaa, .511 save pct., 17-0 record)

TUFTS UNIVERSITY JUMBOS
Location
: Medford, Mass.
Overall record: 12-6
Road/neutral record: 8-3
Conference: NESCAC
Conference record (finish): 5-4 (Fifth)
National rank: No. 13
How they reached the NCAA championship: At-large bid
Head coach: Carol Rappoli, 26th year at Tufts, 249-112-1 (304-144-4 overall)
NCAA championship appearances (last): Second (2009)
NCAA championship record: 3-1
Goals per game: 13.12
Goals allowed per game: 9.18
Leading goal scorers: Lara Kozin ’12 (38), Casey Egan ’12 (38), Kerry Eaton ’13 (35), Gabby Horner ’14 (35)
Assist leaders: Kozin (49), Egan (25), Kelly Hyland ’12 (24)
Starting goalie: Sara Bloom ’11 (10.32 gaa, .401 save pct., 10-6 record)

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