SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee women's lacrosse team will begin its Southern Athletic Association Tournament run Saturday afternoon in the semifinals.
Winner of 6) Oglethorpe (5-8, 1-5)/3) Centre (12-4, 4-2) vs. 2) Sewanee (12-6, 5-1)
Saturday, April 20, 3 p.m. | Puett Field
All-Time Series vs. Oglethorpe: Sewanee leads series, 8-0
2019 Regular Season Meeting: Feb. 16 in Atlanta (Sewanee won, 19-0)
All-Time Series vs. Centre: Sewanee leads series, 9-5
2019 Regular Season Meeting: April 13 in Sewanee (Sewanee won, 18-9)
TOURNEY BREAKDOWN: The Tigers finished the regular season with a four-game winning streak, as they earned a first round bye with a No. 2 seed by defeating Centre, 18-9, last Saturday. Sewanee will play the winner of the 3/6 matchup, which is between Centre and Oglethorpe, who will play at Puett Field on Friday at 6 p.m. The semifinal game takes place on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Rhodes, the regular season champions, will also host a first round game and semifinal matchup. The Lynx will play the winner of the 4/5 matchup of Birmingham-Southern and Hendrix Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. The semifinals will happen Saturday at noon.
SETTING UP THE GOALS: Sewanee's Grace Zechman has rewritten a couple of record books in 2019. The junior becomes not only the school record holder in assists, but she is also the SAA record holder as well.
Currently with 57, she trails Kelly Lynch of Widener (Pa.) by four with 61 for the most in the NCAA.
The Lancaster, Pa. native has recorded 103 assists in her career, good for 17th-best among active NCAA Division III student-athletes.
As a team, Sewanee is 16th in the nation in assists per game, averaging 8.3.
READY? DRAW!: Sewanee has been winning its draw controls throughout the season, taking 238 wins as a team to the opposition's 194. The program trails Rhodes by seven, 245, with the most in the conference.
Sarah Strand is fourth in the league with 70 draws. In her last four games, the sophomore has tallied 24 draw controls.
ABOUT THE COLONELS: Making its second trip to the Cumberland Plateau in as many weeks, Centre enters the postseason with a 12-4 record overall. Averaging 15.6 goals per game the Colonels have three players with 40 or more goals: Mary Katherine Hardy (46), Bella Tacoque (45) and Hannah Hardy (40).
In the regular season finale last Saturday, the Tigers used a 7-2 first half to defeat the visiting Colonels, 18-9.
Despite Centre taking four of the last six meetings, Sewanee still holds the advantage in the all-time series with a 9-5 mark. The Tigers and Colonels have met five times in the postseason, and Centre has taken the last two meetings in tournament play. The Colonels defeated Sewanee in last year's semifinals, 13-8.
One meeting between the two schools came in the inaugural SAA Tournament in 2012, where the Tigers defeated the Colonels, 19-13, in the final to win the first of two tournament championships for the Purple and Gold.
ABOUT THE PETRELS: With a 12-11 overtime victory over Berry on April 9, Oglethorpe was able to secure the final seed in the SAA Tournament. The Petrels enter the tournament with a 5-8 record.
Senior Madison Goss has scored 33 goals and has forced 15 turnovers in the 2019 season for OU.
Sewanee has won the previous eight meetings in the all-time series. The teams have met up once in the SAA Tournament, where Sewanee defeated Oglethorpe, 20-11, in the first round of the 2017 postseason.