Men's and Women's Lacrosse Hit the Road for NCAA Tournament

Men's and Women's Lacrosse Hit the Road for NCAA Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS, IN 5/8/11 – After winning their respective Little East Conference Championships against Eastern Conn. State on Saturday, the Keene State College women's and men's lacrosse teams now know their fate for the upcoming 2011 Division III NCAA Championships.

The women's lacrosse team (13-5), who upset the top-seeded Warriors on the road Saturday afternoon, will travel to SUNY Cortland (18-1) for their opening round game on Wednesday, May 11th. The No. 4 ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team broke open a tight game by closing the first half with six straight goals and went on to defeat The College at Brockport, 14-6, in the championship game of the SUNYAC Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons won their 16th consecutive game, improving to 18-1 on the season, and captured their 13th consecutive conference title and automatic NCAA Div. III playoff berth.

The Red Dragon's are led by junior captain Lindsay Abbott and her 110 points on 49 goals and 61 assists. She also leads the team in draw controls with 86 on the season. Sophomore Maria Di Fato and freshman Ashley Cook are second and third on the team in scoring. Di Fato's 54 goals leads the team, while Cool has 46 markers of her own. In between the pipes for SUNY Cortland, sophomore Ally Levy is a perfect 16-0 on the year with a 7.03 goals against average and a .503 save percentage. Their only loss of the season came on the road against TCNJ back on March 13th.

This will be the second trip in program history for the Owls. KSC won their first Little East Conference Championship in 2009 and earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament before losing to regional powerhouse Middlebury College in their first round game.

"As far as the draw is concerned, we got the short stick," said KSC Coach Katie Arsenault.  "We played Bowdoin and they were nationally ranked, but Cortland going to be tougher.  It will be a good experience."

The men's lacrosse team (14-2), who took down third seeded Eastern Conn. State at home on Saturday evening, will travel to Amherst College on Wednesday, May 11th. "After looking at the field I am not surprised that we are hitting the road," said KSC head coach Mark Theriault. "The decision of who hosts the first round of the NCAA tournament is very geographical so we have to hit the raod and get the job done."

The Amherst College Lord Jeff's will be making their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history, after finishing the season 13-2 and falling in the NESCAC Quarterfinals to Bowdoin College back on May 1st. "We scrimmaged Amherst way back before the season started," said Theriault. "I feel like both teams match up well with each other and it is going to be a very close game either way."

Leading the way for Amherst, first-year attacker Devin Acton tallied 47 points on 34 goals and 13 assists. Juniors Cole Cherney and Evan Redwood each compiled 41 points on the season. Cherney topped the team with 37 goals, while Redwood dished out a team-leading 22 assists. In goal for the Lord Jeff's, Sam Jakimo has a 13-1 record on the season with a .645 save percentage and a 7.51 goals against average.

This is the men's third trip to the NCAA Tournament, and the laxmen are 2-3 overall, defeating Castleton State College last spring and Merchant Marine Academy in 2007. The only time KSC has lost their opening round contest was their innaugural trip to the Championships in 2005 with their loss to Endicott. 

The times for these contests have yet to be announced. Continue to check www.keeneowls.com for more information.