by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth women's lacrosse hits the road this weekend in search of the program's first victory in games against Whittier and Redlands before returning to the Pine Bowl to battle Whitman.
The Pirates open their spring break against the Poets on Saturday, March 23 before taking on the Bulldogs on Monday, March 25. Saturday's game begins at 4 p.m. and Monday's is at 7 p.m. The Pirates return home on Saturday, March 27 to take on Whitman.
Fans can follow the games through live links available on the Whitworth women's lacrosse schedule.
The Pirates: Whitworth (0-3) dropped both of its games last week, losing to Pacific (Ore.) 13-5 and falling 22-3 to Linfield. Hannah Meador led the Bucs on the weekend, contributing three goals, snagging six groundballs, and picking up five draw controls from the midfield. Trinity Frank added a trio of goals with another seven draw controls. Another bright spot for the Bucs was their clear rate. Whitworth finished the weekend having cleared 82 percent (18-22) of their opportunities.
The Poets: Whittier (2-6, 0-4 SCIAC) will also be looking to bounce back when it takes on the Pirates. The Poets dropped a 16-0 loss to Framingham State on Tuesday, their third loss of ten goals or more on the season. In their defensive half of the field, the Pirates will have to keep close tabs on Lexie Meanor, who leads Whittier and is second in the SCIAC with 31 goals this season. On the other end of the field, the Bucs will need to beat the SCIAC saves leader, Madison Topping. The senior netminder has a 15.75 goals against average (GAA) and 84 saves on the year.
The Bulldogs: Redlands (4-3, 0-3 SCIAC) enters the weekend on a four-game win streak, which could be five on Monday if Redlands defeats Chapman Saturday afternoon. Hanna Morford leads the Bulldogs, who finished the 2017-18 season with a 7-10 record, with 28 goals this season. That places Morford third in the SCIAC in goals and her 30 points place fourth. On the other end of the field, the Bulldogs are fourth in the SCIAC with a 13.57 goals against average. Annie Van Norstrand is Redlands' primary goalkeeper and has a 40.9% save percentage.
The Blues: Poor weather in Colorado forced Whitman (2-2) to take an extended vacation last week, keeping the Blues in the Denver area an additional three days. Prior to their weather-induced weekend off, Whitman took on Worcester State and Illinois Wesleyan, falling to both. Nina Moore paces the Blues' attack with nine goals and four assists. Hannah Miller leads the team with ten goals. Anna Cadigan has been excellent in the net, maintaining a 6.18 GAA.
Looking Ahead: Whitworth hits the road again to battle Puget Sound on Sunday, March 31.
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.