SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee women's lacrosse team gears up the team's 12th year of existence this weekend with a five-game road swing before hosting 11 straight games inside Puett Field.
EXPERT ON GROUND BALLS: Sewanee finished third in the nation in ground balls per game with 29.33, missing the nation's best by two, set by Carroll (Wis.). The Tigers recorded nine 30 ground ball games, with 44 coming against Birmingham-Southern last Feb. 24.
Grace Fulton led all Tigers last season with 74. Averaging 4.11 per game, the senior was 49th in the country in the category.
THE FORCE IS STRONG: The Tigers was one of the best in forcing turnovers a year ago, posting 17 per game for third-best in all of NCAA Division III. Fulton led Sewanee with 40 a year ago, good for second in the Southern Athletic Association.
MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR THE OPPOSITION: While the Sewanee defense is forcing turnovers on the field, the keepers stood tall in between the pipes last season. As a team, Sewanee led all SAA opponents in goals against per game (7.06) and save percentage (54.2). Additionally, the Purple and Gold were 12th in both categories last season among NCAA Division III institutions.
MARY KATE AND ATTACKING: Mary Kate Myers enters her junior campaign as the leading scorer for the Tigers in 2018. Finishing with 33, Myers was 15th in the conference in scoring. In 37 career games, she has scored 62 goals and posted a 56.4 shooting percentage.
GAME TO WATCH: Sewanee's contest with Stevens, ranked 24th in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Preseason Poll, dropped its conference championship final to St. John Fisher, but with a perfect 8-0 record in Empire 8 play, the Ducks earned a bid into the NCAA Championships.
The Tigers and Ducks will meet for the first time in program history March 16 at Puett Field.