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Scouting the Tribe
The Tribe currently owns a 1-2 record this season after defeating American and falling to a pair of nationally ranked opponents - Duke and Ohio State. W&M enters Tuesday's contest leading the Colonial Athletic Association in points per game (16.0), assists per game (5.0) and draw controls per game (13.0), while it ranks second in goals per game (11.0), shooting percentage (.532) and saves per game (12.7). Individually, sophomore Kaleigh Noon leads the conference in assists per game (2.67), while senior Kyrstin Mackrides ranks third in goals per game (3.67) and points per game (4.0). Additionally, junior goalie Colleen Nofi ranks second in the league in saves per game (10.33), while senior Katie Stillwell is third in draw controls per game (3.33).
Scouting the Monarchs
Old Dominion is off to a 0-2 start this season after losing at No. 19 Johns Hopkins and at Louisville by a combined score of 41-13. Ashmore Standing and Meredith Rogers lead the team with four points apiece, while Kallie McCormick and Shelby Davis have both totaled four caused turnovers apiece.
News and Notes
W&M-ODU All-Time Series
W&M and Old Dominion will meet for the final time as conference opponents this Tuesday. The Tribe leads the ODU series, 31-10, and has won four of the last five contests.
W&M fell to Old Dominion, 14-10, in both teams' conference opener at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on April 1, 2012. The Green and Gold led by a goal at halftime, but ODU outscored the Tribe 9-4 in the second half to earn the victory. The Tribe utilized a balanced offensive attack, as seven different players scored at least one goal. Taelor Salmon led the Tribe with four points (2g, 2a), while Kyrstin Mackrides (2g, 1a) and Maggie Anderson (2g) also found the back of the cage multiple times. Hannah Clarke equaled a career high with six draw controls, while Lauren Binzer totaled three en route to helping the Tribe earn a 16-10 advantage in draws.
Last Meeting in Norfolk
Molly Wannen set a single-game school record with nine draw controls and Ashley Holofcener equaled a career high with eight points (4g, 4a), as the Tribe earned a 16-11 victory at Old Dominion in its regular-season finale on April 27, 2011. With the win, W&M secured a spot in the league tournament for the fourth-consecutive season and recorded a double-digit win total for the fourth-straight year.
Last Time Out
Playing against its second consecutive nationally ranked opponent, the Tribe fell to No. 13 Ohio State, 21-8, at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field last Wednesday. Senior Kyrstin Mackrides led the Tribe with five goals on just five shots, while sophomore Ellen Shaffrey posted three points on two goals and an assist. The game was closely contested early, as OSU owned a 2-1 edge five minutes into play. However, the Buckeyes broke the game open with a 9-2 run that covered most of the opening half.
Salmon Honored as CAA Player of the Week
After a pair of outstanding performances, junior attacker Taelor Salmon was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week on Feb. 18. Salmon totaled nine points on seven goals and two assists in contests against American and No. 7 Duke. Additionally, the Fort Washington, Md., native recorded four ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers while posting a .500 shooting percentage (7-of-14). Salmon tallied five points (4g, 1a) with three ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover in the season-opening victory against American, while she registered four points (3g, 1a) with a ground ball and a caused turnover versus the Blue Devils.
Mackrides Off to Solid Start
A preseason honorable mention all-conference selection, senior attacker Kyrstin Mackrides is off to a great start this season and has posted hat tricks in each of the first three games this season. Her best performance of the season came against No. 13 Ohio State when she recorded five goals on just five shots. The Newtown Square, Pa., native currently ranks third in the CAA in goals per game (3.67) and points per game (4.0).
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 124 career points and 100 career goals. Her points total currently ranks tied for 21st, while her goals total ranks 19th.
Nofi Posts Career-High Saves Total
Making just her second-career start, junior goalie Colleen Nofi posted an outstanding effort at No. 7 Duke and recorded a career-high 19 saves.
With its win against American, W&M improved its all-time record in season openers to 34-9-1. Additionally, the victory was the Tribe's ninth home-opening win in the last 10 seasons and improved the program's record to 27-7 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.
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 is 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.