Bloomsburg Lacrosse Team to Face Longwood in NCAA Semi-Finals
BLOOMSBURG—The Bloomsburg University lacrosse team will travel to Easton, MA this weekend for the NCAA Division II Lacrosse championships hosted by Stonehill College. The Huskies will face Longwood University of Virginia in one semi-final game Saturday at 2 p.m., while Stonehill will take on CW Post at 11:30 a.m. in the other semi-final. The winners will meet Sunday for the NCAA Division II national title.
Bloomsburg, 13-1, has won 13 straight dropping its season-opening game to Longwood back in March. The Huskies most recent win was a 13-12 victory over West Chester for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship.
“The kids are looking forward to playing Longwood again,” said coach Kathy Frick. “They want to show them how far we have come since that opening game back in March. The team knows that this is an exciting time for them and that not many people get to play for a national title.”
“This should be a great tournament that anyone of the four teams can win,” Frick added. “We want to go up to Stonehill and get the most out of the weekend. If we play well and can rise to the challenge, there is no reason why we can't win the (NCAA) championship.”
Junior Georgia Carinci (Springmount/Perkiomen Valley) (pictured left) leads the Huskies in scoring this season with a team-high 71 points on the year (42 goals-29 assists). Carinci was named the MVP of the PSAC title game after she scored five times and added one assist. It was her goal with just under 10 minutes to play, which gave the Huskies the lead for good and propelled them to victory.
Carinci is also closing in the school record for most points in a career. Going into this weekend she needs just four points to tie and five to break the mark of 183 set by Kelly Cuthbert who played from 1986-89. Carinci is also four points shy of tying the school record for most points in a season. Meghan Vernon holds the mark of 75 set in 1995.
“Georgia is a complete player who works hard at all phases of the game,” said Frick. “She is a huge talent who is really playing well right. But, even early in the season when she wasn't scoring, she did other things to help us win. Her team attitude is really great.”
Along with Carinci, the Huskies have plenty of other scoring threats. Senior Katie O'Neill (Exton/Downington) who has a team high 45 goals and two assists, while Sheila Zilinski has scored 30 times and has six assists. Junior Julie Minogue (Chalfont/C.B West) has scored 22 goals and netted seven assists with Colleen Dunn (Berwyn/Conestoga) adding 21 goals and two assists.
Leading the team in assists with 39 is Megan Pry (Downington/Downington) (pictured right). The senior, who is the school's all-time leader in assists with 82, has also scored 18 goals this season for the Huskies. Pry tied a Bloomsburg single-game record when she recorded five assists in the Huskies win over West Chester for the PSAC title.
In all the Bloomsburg offense has scored 206 goals, a new school record, an average of 14.71 goals per game.
In goal for Bloomsburg is junior Linda Schultz (Doylestown/C. B. West). The only goalie on the roster, Schultz has played every minute of every game this season. She has allowed just 128 goals, 9.14 per game, and has a saves percentage of .524.
Longwood is 12-1 on the season in its final year of Division II play. The Lancers lone loss this season was to UC-Davis by a 13-12 margin at the end of March.
Leading the team in scoring is Emily Bikowski, who has 43 goals and 11 assists on the year. Carlee Ullery is tied with Bikowski for the team lead in points with 54 coming on 25 goals and 29 assists. Kristy Taylor has 24 goals and 28 assists, while Marisa Cohen is second in goals scored with 31 and has 17 assists. The final top scoring threat for the Lancers is Jen Hilbert with 20 goals and 13 assists.
In net for Longwood is Stacey Schmidt who has seen the majority of action this season. Schmidt has allowed 6.38 goals per game and has a .617 saves percentage.
Longwood is averaging 15.70 goals per game as a team and allowing 6.57 per game.
Stonehill brings a 15-2 overall record and a school-record 15-match winning streak into Saturday's national semi-final, as the Chieftains captured their fifth straight Northeast-10 Conference regular season championship with a perfect 9-0 league record and followed that up by collecting their fourth straight Northeast-10 tournament title on Sunday with an 18-2 victory over Bryant. Stonehill, ranked third nationally in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Poll, is led in scoring by three-time Northeast-10 Player of the Year and three-time All-America selection Katie Lambert as the senior attack has netted 50 goals and 28 assists for 78 points to date. Sophomore attack Colby Confer follows with 51 goals and 14 assists for 65 points, as she netted 10 goals during the Northeast-10 tournament, while conference tournament Most Outstanding Player Carissa Medeiros posted 13 victories in goal for the Chieftains while notching a 5.56 goals against average.
CW Post is in the North Region national semi-final for the third straight year. The Pioneers bring an 11-1 overall record into the national championships, with that one setback coming at Stonehill by a 12-8 final back on April 17th, and the Pioneers return to the championship seeking to claim their second national title in three seasons, having won the inaugural crown in 2001 over West Chester at Chieftain Stadium. Stonehill advanced out of last year's national semi-final meeting with CW. Post to the championship round before falling to West Chester, as the Pioneers won the 2001 national semi-final from the Chieftains by an 11-10 margin in double overtime. C.W.
Post is led in the scoring column by junior All-America Trisha Moran, who has netted 46 goals and 31 assists for 77 points to date, while senior Katie Lundy follows with 27 goals and 25 assists for 52 points. Freshman Christy Esposito has made 56 saves in goal for the Pioneers with a 6.60 goals against average.