by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth women's lacrosse team begins the second half of Northwest Conference play this weekend with games at Linfield and Pacific (Ore.).
The Pirates open the weekend on Friday, April 12 with a 6 p.m. tilt against the Boxers. After a day off in Oregon, the Bucs take on Linfield on Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m.
Fans can follow the games through live links available on the Whitworth women's lacrosse schedule.
The Pirates: Whitworth (0-9, 0-6 NWC) dropped both of its games last weekend, including a 21-0 defeat to George Fox, but showed plenty of fight in a 13-9 loss to Willamette. The Bucs trailed the Bearcats 12-5 with 16:52 remaining in the game, but mounted a four-score run to pull within three. The comeback fell short but provided several highlights, including a top-shelf goal from Kianna Fiorito off build-up play from Grace Schmidt and Jordan Cain. In goal, Laura Wells equaled her own program record with eight saves and also grabbed five groundballs.
Let's Be Frank: Trinity Frank has made an impact all over the field in the Pirates' inaugural season. The freshman midfielder leads the team in goals with 13 and ranks in the top 10 of the Northwest Conference in groundballs (25 – 6th) and draw controls (24 – 9th).
The Boxers: Pacific (2-6, 1-5 NWC) enters its matchup with the Pirates on a five-game losing streak. Last week, the Boxers fell to Puget Sound (14-12) and Linfield (21-2). Roya Tahmassebi leads the Pacific offense with 24 goals and coverts nearly half (4-9) of her free position opportunities. In goal, Madyson Ivey maintains a 14.29 goals against average and 43.5 save percentage. When Pacific and Whitworth played earlier in the season, the Boxers took down the Bucs 13-5. Frank scored twice in the loss.
The Wildcats: Linfield (6-4, 5-1 NWC) sits in second place in the Northwest Conference after wins over Pacific (21-2) and Puget Sound (14-8) last week. The Wildcats' only NWC loss this year came to defending champion George Fox, and Linfield has been on a four-game winning streak since the defeat. Bethany Shade leads the Wildcat attack with 33 goals this season, the fifth-most in the NWC. Thus far, Kylee Duey and Epi Roldan-Rayo have split time in net, combining for a GAA of 11 and save percentage of 42.1%. Both marks would rank in the top-five in the NWC if they came from one person. The Wildcats took down the Bucs 22-3 when the two teams played earlier this season.
Looking Ahead: The Bucs return to Washington to battle Whitman on Wednesday, April 17 and then take on Puget Sound in the Pine Bowl on Friday, April 19.
The Coach: Noelle Brouillard became Whitworth's first women's lacrosse coach in May 2017. Brouillard came to Whitworth from the University of Scranton, where she was the top women's lacrosse assistant coach for two seasons. Scranton had a 22-13 record over the two seasons Brouillard served as assistant coach. The Royals advanced to the Landmark Conference tournament championship game in 2017 and finished with an 11-6 record.