Women’s Lacrosse Looking To Take The Next Step In 2012
WASHINGTON, Pa. – After earning back-to-back bids to the ECAC Tournament, the Washington & Jefferson College women’s lacrosse team is primed to take the next step and reach its first NCAA Division III Tournament in 2012.
The team has won a postseason game in each of the last two seasons under Head Coach Kate Scattergood. Scattergood boasts a 37-23 record at W&J and her teams’ records have improved every year since lacrosse earned varsity status in 2008.
The Presidents finished last season 13-4 and fell to FDU-Florham in the ECAC semifinals after downing Alvernia in the quarterfinals. This year’s squad features a strong mix of experienced veterans and talented newcomers.
ECAC Division III Metro Region Defensive Player of the Year and 2010 Womenslacrosse.com All-American Cayla Grodotzke (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) returns for her senior season to lead the defense that ranked 13th in the nation in scoring defense in 2011 (7.41 goals per game). Grodotzke was named to the IWLCA All-West Region team for a third consecutive season after tallying three goals, 40 draw controls and 39 ground balls, while causing 43 turnovers. Joining her on defense are three experienced veterans in senior Kerri Nunnamaker (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) and juniors Kelsey Closen (Hudson, Ohio/Western Reserve Academy) and Ingrid Wolfe (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee).
Further bolstering a strong defense is junior goalie Julia McLellan (Walkersville, Md/Walkersville), who posted a 12-4 record, while stopping 120 shots. McLellan was named Second Team All-IWLCA West Region after finishing with the eight-best save percentage (.524) in Division III and 12-lowest goals against average (7.24).
The Presidents’ high-scoring midfield is led by senior Brittney Oake (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) and junior Brittany Fradkin (Owings Mills, Md./St. Paul’s School for Girls). Oake paced the team with 54 goals, 10 assists, 64 points and 64 ground balls, while Fradkin added 46 goals and five assists, along with a team-best 40 draw controls. Senior Liz Turcik (Ligonier, Pa./Miss Halls School), the team’s fifth-leading scorer (22G, 5A), and junior Kelsey Kraus (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley), who racked up 11 points and 20 ground balls, also return to the midfield.
Senior Lauren Novak (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) netted 31 goals to lead the attack unit. Novak has 45 career goals in 46 games and will be joined by junior Megan Kelly (South Park, Pa./Seton LaSalle), who scored seven times in 14 appearances last year.
The Presidents open the 2012 season with six of their first seven games on the road, beginning with a contest at Hood College in Frederick, Md., on March 3rd (2:30 pm).