by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth women's lacrosse returns home this weekend for two of their final three home games of the season.
The Pirates take on the Northwest Conference's other new team, Willamette, on Saturday, April 6 and then battle the defending conference champions, George Fox, the following day. Both games begin at 1 p.m. in the Pine Bowl.
Fans can follow the games through live links available on the Whitworth women's lacrosse schedule.
The Pirates: Whitworth (0-7, 0-4 NWC) dropped its lone game last weekend to Puget Sound 15-8. The Loggers led for much of the contest, but the Pirates refused to go away, cutting the Logger lead to three goals just before halftime. Hannah Meador and Trinity Frank led the Bucs with two goals apiece and Caitlin Thomas made a season-high 8 saves in the first half. Thomas and Laura Wells also combined for a season-best save percentage, 48.3%, in goal.
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 ten and ranks in the top ten of the Northwest Conference in groundballs (19 – 6th) and draw controls (19 – 9th).
The Bearcats: Willamette (3-6, 1-3 NWC) comes into its matchup with Whitworth off a split weekend against Pacific (Ore.) and Linfield. The Bearcats defeated the Boxers 17-11 on Saturday and fell 18-6 to the Wildcats on Sunday. Anabel Ohsman leads Willamette offensively. The freshman midfielder ranks fourth in the Northwest Conference with 27 goals, just ahead of teammate Miranda Piros, who has 19 goals to her name. On the other end of the field, Kara Phillips boasts a 13.33 goals against average in net and saves 39.1% of the shots that come her way.
The Bruins: George Fox (8-2, 5-0) is the reigning Northwest Conference champion and currently leads the NWC with a perfect record in conference. Last weekend, the Bruins took down Linfield (20-7) and Pacific (19-0). The top-three goal-scorers in the NWC are all Bruins with Lois Ray's 38 goals leading the pack. Madison Strickland and Jennifer Burke follow Ray with 35 and 27 goals, respectively. In goal, Ella Rand is second in the NWC in save percentage (45.7%) and third in goals against average (7.60).
Looking Ahead: Whitworth travels to Oregon next weekend to take on Pacific (Ore.) and Linfield on April 12 and 14.
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.