WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary lacrosse team will open the 2013 season when it hosts American at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Live stats and live video will be available at TribeAthletics.com.
Scouting the Tribe
Having earned double-digit win seasons during four of the last five years, W&M will look to continue building upon that tradition of success during the 2013 campaign. This season's edition of the Tribe will feature six returning starters and will be led by a trio of talented and experienced senior captains - Brett Hayes, Caitlin Murphy and Katie Stillwell. In addition to the returning talent, which includes seven of the team's top eight scorers from last season, W&M's roster will be bolstered by an outstanding eight-member freshman class. W&M's 16-game slate will include seven home games and five contests against teams nationally ranked in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaching Association (IWLCA) preseason poll.
Scouting the Eagles
Wednesday's contest will be American's 2013 season opener. The Eagles return seven starters from last season's team that posted a 7-10 record overall and a 3-3 mark in the Patriot League. Last year's squad ranked second in the Patriot League with 12.47 goals per game but allowed 13.47 goals per contest. AU is led by a trio of returning all-conference selections in senior attacker Kimberly Collins, senior midfielder Emily Burton and junior midfielder Emily Maher. Both Collins and Burton garnered first-team all-league honors after totaling a team-leading 57 points apiece, while Maher set a single-season record for draw controls (60) en route to earning second-team all-conference distinction.
News and Notes
W&M-AU All-Time Series
W&M controls the all-time series against American, 11-0, and has won those contests by an average margin of more than 11 goals per game. The teams last met in 2001 when the Tribe earned a 15-2 victory in Williamsburg.
Versus the Patriot League
In addition to leading the all-time series against American, 11-0, W&M has posted a 22-2 all-time mark against teams currently in the Patriot League. The Tribe's lone losses came against Lehigh in 1984 (11-9) and at Navy last season (13-12).
W&M owns a 33-9-1 all-time record in season openers. Although the Tribe has dropped its last two season openers, both have come against Duke squads ranked among the top five nationally. W&M's last season-opening victory came against then-No. 16 Ohio State in 2010.
The Tribe has won its home opener in eight of the last nine seasons. Then-No. 5 Duke snapped W&M's eight-game winning streak in home lidlifters last spring with an 18-9 victory. W&M is 26-7 in home openers since 1980.
Senior attacker Kyrstin Mackrides and senior midfielder Katie Stillwell were chosen as preseason honorable mention all-conference selections by a vote of the league's head coaches. A second-team all-conference selection in 2012, Mackrides led the Tribe with 32 goals last spring while ranking ninth in the CAA with 1.88 goals per game. En route to ranking third on the squad with 36 points as a junior, the Newtown Square, Pa., native also posted nine multi-goal games and six hat tricks. Stillwell was also a second-team All-CAA honoree last spring and returns for her senior season as one of the league's top midfielders. The Chantilly, Va., native recorded 15 points on 12 goals and three assists in 2012, while posting a .545 shooting percentage. Additionally, Stillwell totaled 20 ground balls, 21 draw controls and five caused turnovers.
In addition to releasing preseason all-conference honors, the CAA announced its preseason predicted order of finish as selected by the league's eight head coaches. W&M was chosen to finish sixth. Towson was picked to finish first and was followed by James Madison, Drexel, Delaware, Hofstra, W&M, Old Dominion and George Mason.
Led by senior attacker Kyrstin Mackrides and junior attacker Taelor Salmon, the Tribe returns seven of its top eight scorers from last season. Salmon posted a team-high 42 points (31g, 11a) last spring while Mackrides recorded 36 points (32g, 4a). Sophomore attacker Kaleigh Noon was also a key contributor and totaled 34 points (20g, 14a) during her rookie campaign.
As is the case every season, the Tribe will once again challenge itself against some of the nation's top teams this spring. The 16-game slate features four games against teams that competed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, while five opponents are nationally ranked in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaching Association (IWLCA) preseason poll.
Closing in on the Top 10
Senior attacker Kyrstin Mackrides is closing in on a pair of W&M's all-time top-10 lists, as she has totaled 112 career points and 89 career goals. Those figures currently rank 26th and 24th, respectively, on the Tribe's all-time lists.
Although W&M was unable to extend its streak of 10-win seasons last spring, many of its losses were very narrow defeats. In all, five of its losses came by two goals or less - including a 9-7 decision at then-No. 9 Penn State.
W&M will be led by a trio of senior captains this season - Brett Hayes, Caitlin Murphy and Katie Stillwell. All three players are outstanding leaders and have made significant contributions on and off the field throughout their careers.