Pirate Lacrosse Closes Spring Break in Tacoma

Pirate Lacrosse Closes Spring Break in Tacoma

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth women's lacrosse closes out its spring break this weekend when it travels to Tacoma to take on Puget Sound.

The Pirates square off with the Loggers on Sunday, March 31 at 1 p.m. Fans can follow the games through live links available on the Whitworth women's lacrosse schedule.

The Pirates: Whitworth (0-6, 0-3 NWC) dropped all three of its games in five days, falling 20-5 to Whittier, 20-0 to Redlands, and 21-3 to Whitman. Laura Wells was one of the Bucs' bright spots during the run, setting a new program record for saves in a game with eight and grabbing five groundballs in the same game. Trinity Frank scored four of Whitworth's goals in the three games and Jordan Cain contributed three.

The Loggers: Puget Sound (3-3, 1-2 NWC) enters the weekend on a three-game winning streak after defeating Willamette, Johnson & Wales (Denver), and Marian (Wisc.). The Loggers finished the 2017-18 season with a 2-9 overall record and a 2-6 mark in the Northwest Conference. If the Pirates are to beat Puget Sound, they'll have to beat Ally Benko in net. Benko is fourth in the NWC in save percentage (43.4%) and second in saves (53). On the other end of the field, Whitworth will need to stop Jenna Kisner and Ali Walker, who lead the Loggers with 14 goals apiece. Kisner also leads the team with six assists.

Looking Ahead: The Bucs return home to battle Willamette and George Fox on April 6 and 7 in the Pine Bowl.

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.