WLAX: Lourdes Notes at #10 Siena Heights (WHAC Tournament)

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Upcoming in Gray Wolves Lacrosse: For the first time since 2016, Lourdes has qualified for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament, and begins action on Tuesday evening. The fifth-seeded Gray Wolves travel to fourth-seeded Siena Heights in an opening round contest.

Head Coach Alyssa Shaver: In her second season on the Lourdes bench, Alyssa Shaver has a 16-17 (.485) record at the helm of the Gray Wolves and as well as a collegiate head coach. She is just the second head coach in Lourdes program’s history.

Series Notes: Siena Heights owns a 9-1 series advantage all-time against Lourdes dating back to the initial meeting on March 18, 2014. The Saints have won four straight meetings between the two schools after posting a 12-9 victory in Adrian, Mich. last Wednesday (April 17). Siena Heights holds a 5-1 series edge in games played in Adrian.

Wrapping Up Last Week: Lourdes went 1-2 in the final week of the regular season, beginning with a 15-9 victory at Cleary on Monday. Hannah Merrick and Bella D’Arcy both scored four times in the win. The Gray Wolves traveled to Siena Heights on Wednesday evening, and suffered a 12-9 setback following a 90-minute lightning delay late in the first half. Merrick tallied five goals for the Gray Wolves in the loss. On Saturday, Lourdes closed the regular season with a 16-6 setback to fourth-ranked Indiana Tech. D’Arcy tallied three of the six goals for the Gray Wolves.

Scouting Siena Heights: The Saints enter the tournament having dropped two of their final three regular season games after falling 9-8 at home against Aquinas on Saturday. Jenna Sommerville leads Siena Heights with 53 goals and 62 points on the year while Samantha Pawlowski has scored 38 times. Katherine Tapia leads the Saints with 13 assists. In goal, Mariah Smythe has played a majority of the minutes for Siena Heights, sporting an 11.69 goals against average and a .490 save percentage.

Lourdes in the WHAC Tournament: The Gray Wolves are making their first appearance in the WHAC tournament since 2016, and third all-time. Lourdes is 0-2 in postseason play, falling to Indiana Tech 23-5 in the inaugural 2014 season in the opening round. In 2016, the Gray Wolves suffered a 14-3 setback at Davenport in the semifinals.

Most Games in Program History: The Gray Wolves will play their 19th game of the season on Tuesday in the opening round of the tournament, three more than the team has ever played in a season in program history. The previous record was 16 during the 2014, 2016, and 2017 campaigns.

Among the All-Time Best: Lourdes has several players atop the all-time lists entering the tournament. Tiara Reed ranks second with 130 career points while Ashley Hunt is third with 83 of her own. They also rank 2-3 in goals scored with 110 and 66 respectively as well as in assists with 20 and 17 each.

Reed Closing in on More Marks: Tiara Reed also ranks second in school history with 141 ground balls, just 11 shy of Hannah Cullis’ (2015-2018) career record of 152. Reed’s 101 draw controls are also second, just 10 behind Alyssa Long’s (2015-2018) total of 111).

Single Season Records: Tiara Reed has set the new single season record for the Gray Wolves with 68 draw controls, 17 more than second place Alyssa Long in 2018. Jacque Pappadakes needs just four saves to tie Kiley Ketteman’s single season saves mark with 149. Ketteman set the record in 2016.

Quite the Scoring Race: A pair of freshmen are tied for the top spot in the team’s scoring race this season. Hannah Merrick and Bella D’Arcy both have 42 points in 2019. Merrick leads the team with 39 gaols while D’Arcy has a team-high 101 shots. Tiara Reed leads the assist category with nine helpers on the season.

Looking for a Breakthrough Win: Lourdes is looking for its first win ever against a NAIA top-10 opponent when it faces Siena Heights on Tuesday. The Gray Wolves are 0-5 this year against ranked foes and 0-45 all-time in the program’s sixth season.

This and That: Anna Zofchak holds the Lourdes career record for games played (65) and started (64) ... every position player has scored at least one goal this season ... Lourdes is 5-4 in true road games this season and 20-34 all-time on the road.