Colgate's Courtney Miller
April 19, 2012
Center Valley, Pa. -- The picture for the 2012 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament became clearer last week, and it will have its final frame in Saturday's regular-season finale.
Navy clinched the outright regular-season title and right to host the event on April 27 and 29, and Colgate and Holy Cross also secured their spot in the field with wins over the weekend.
The final spot will go to Lafayette or American, and the Leopards hold all the cards as a win at Holy Cross on Saturday evening puts them in the postseason for the first time since 2004. If Lafayette loses, American makes the posteason for the second straight year.
While Colgate is securely in the postseason tournament after winning at Lafayette on Saturday, the Raiders can clinch the No. 2 seed in the field with a win at Bucknell on Saturday. Holy Cross is also playing for seeding, with the Crusaders securing no worse than the No. 3 position if they beat Lafayette.
Navy claimed its first outright regular-season title with a 19-6 win over American in a nationally-televised game on Friday evening. The Mids have more history at stake on Saturday at Lehigh as they try to become the first team to go undefeated in League action since Holy Cross did it in 2007.
American, which completed Patriot League play with a 3-3 record, will concluded its regular season at No. 12 Ohio State on Saturday. Patriot League teams are 36-35 in non-League play this season after Colgate and Holy Cross both won on Wednesday.
The 2012 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, with the semifinals on April 27 at 5 and 7:45 p.m. and the League Championship on April 29 at 12 p.m.
Patriot League Notebook
Navy to Host 2012 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament
Two-time defending Patriot League women's lacrosse champion Navy will go for a third consecutive title on its home field, as the Mids wrapped up the outright regular-season crown and the right to host the League Tournament on April 27 and 29 after beating American 19-6 on Friday in a game shown on CBS Sports Network. Navy improved to 5-0 in the Patriot League, assuring itself of its first outright regular-season title in its five seasons in the League. The Mids previously shared the regular-season crown with Lehigh in 2010. The Mids will now play as the No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament, which will be held at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 27 and 29. The semifinals on April 27 will be played at 5 and 7:45 p.m., with the championship two days later at 12 p.m. Navy will be the fifth team in the last six seasons to host the Patriot League Tournament and will be making its fifth consecutive League Tournament appearance, tied for the fourth-longest streak in League history.
Raiders, Crusaders Return to the Postseason
Colgate and Holy Cross each notched road wins on Saturday in the Lehigh Valley to clinch their spots in the Patriot League Tournament. That's nothing new for the Raiders, who have now made the Patriot League Tournament in each of the 12 seasons the event has been held beginning in 2001. Colgate previously won the League Tournament in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009, and has five Patriot League titles to its credit. Holy Cross will play in the Patriot League Tournament for the sixth time, and second in the past three seasons. The Crusaders won the League Tournament crown at home in both 2006 and 2007.
Lafayette, American Look to Fill Last Spot
Lafayette has won 10 Patriot League titles, but has not played for the crown in the League Tournament since 2004. That can change on Saturday, as a win at Holy Cross would send the Leopards to their first League Tournament since that season and fourth overall. At 9-7 overall, the Leopards have their highest win total since going 13-7 in 2002, their last Patriot League title season. The nine wins are just one behind Lafayette's total from 2008-11. American, on the other hand, has been a regular in the postseason event. The Eagles, who make the Patriot League Tournament if Lafayette loses on Saturday, have been in the field in eight of 10 seasons in the League.
Mids Try to Make History on Saturday, then Again Next Week
With a win at Lehigh on Saturday, Navy can become the first team since Holy Cross in 2007 to finish with an unbeaten mark in Patriot League action. The MIds will then head to the Patriot League Tournament trying to become the first team to win three consecutive titles in the event. Lafayette won at least three straight titles on three different occasions (1991-93, 1995-98, 2000-02), but only the latter two crowns came after the creation of the Patriot League Tournament in 2001.
Winning Record in Non-League Action?
Patriot League teams are an even 34-34 against non-League foes this season, with five games remaining to try and lock up a winning record. Four games are this week, including American visiting UMBC Tuesday and No. 12 Ohio State on Saturday. Colgate hosts St. Bonaventure and Holy Cross is at Central Connecticut State on Wednesday, with Bucknell hosting Howard next week.
Checking the Patriot League Record Book
A sophomore with a single-season record, junior rising up the single-year and career charts and senior in four different career top 10 lists highlight the active players making their mark in the Patriot League record book in 2012. Lafayette sophomore Ana White has already set a Patriot League single-season record with 109 draw controls, just 17 away from the NCAA mark. White has 198 draw controls in less than two seasons in Easton, putting her just 20 away from the Patriot League career record. Navy junior Jasmine DePompeo, the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and a candidate for the Tewaaraton Trophy as the top player in Division I, is fifth in League history with 86 career assists and fourth with 35 this season. Colgate senior Courtney Miller has a spot in four different career categories after a great stretch where she has 18 goals in three games. Miller is ninth in Patriot League history in points (233), eighth in goals (162), 10th in assists (71) and third in career draw controls (195). She is just the fourth player in Patriot League history to finish in the top 10 in career points, goals and assists, and the third of that group to add draw controls to the list.
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY MILLER, COLGATE Sr., M, Chappaqua, N.Y.
Miller had a dominant performance to help put Colgate into the Patriot League Tournament, scoring seven goals with two assists in a 13-11 win at Lafayette on Saturday. She set career highs for goals and points in the contest, and scored four straight times to bring Colgate from an 8-6 deficit to a 10-9 lead in the second half. Miller assisted on Katie Sullivan's go-ahead goal with 12:56 left that put Colgate up 11-10, and scored the eventual game-winner when she gave the Raiders a 12-10 lead with 9:46 to go. Miller also had three draw controls in the game. She began the week with four goals in a 13-5 loss to Canisius on Tuesday. Miller entered the Patriot League career top 10 in goals (155) and points (224) during the week to add to record book positions in assists (69) and draw controls (191). She is named Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in her career to go with three Midfield Player of the Week honors.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANA WHITE, LAFAYETTE So., M, Swarthmore, Pa.
White had another strong all-around week to win the Midfield Player of the Week award for the third consecutive time and fifth this season. She totaled five goals, an assist, six ground balls and 19 draw controls as the Leopards fell to Columbia on Wednesday and Colgate on Saturday. White had 10 draw controls against the Raiders, her second double-digit effort this season and the fourth of her career. White has set a Patriot League single-season record with 109 draw controls, and leads the nation with 6.81 draw controls per game. She has 198 career draw controls, putting the sophomore just 20 away from the Patriot League record. White wins her seventh career Midfield Player of the Week award, four more than any other student-athlete in the award's two-year history. White is the first to win the honor in three consecutive weeks.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SARAH WEBER, HOLY CROSS So., G, Summit, N.J.
Weber had two outstanding games in goal, including 10 saves in a 10-7 win over Lehigh on Saturday that clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth for the Crusaders. She stopped .588 percent of the shots against the Mountain Hawks as Holy Cross built an early lead and held on in the second half. That performance came after making a career-high 16 saves with a .615 save percentage in a 10-4 loss to Harvard on Wednesday. Weber also led the team with three ground balls in that game. She allowed an 8.50 goals against average while recording a .605 save percentage in the two games. Weber wins her first Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LOREN GENERI, NAVY Fr., A, Bayport, N.Y.
Generi filled the stat sheet with seven goals, three ground balls and eight draw controls as Navy clinched the outright regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament with a 19-6 win over American on Friday evening. She set career highs for goals and points, and her seven goals were ony shy of the Navy record and set the school's freshman mark. Generi now has 96 draw controls for the season, good for third in Patriot League history. She earns the Patriot League Rookie of the Week award for the fourth time, just one off the League record.
SARA HENNESSEY, HOLY CROSS So., M, Winchester, Mass.
Hennessey scored five goals in two games last week, including the game-winner in a 10-7 triumph over Lehigh on Saturday.
ADDIE GODFREY, LAFAYETTE Jr., A, Princeton, N.J.
Godfrey had seven goals, two assists and eight draw controls in two games last week, including a five-goal, one-assist effort in a 13-11 loss to Colgate on Saturday.
JENNA FROST, COLGATE Fr., D, Swarthmore, Pa.
Frost tallied seven ground balls and six caused turnovers in two games for the Raiders last week.