GRANVILLE, Ohio – Following a 19-6 victory over Transylvania University on Sunday in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament, Denison women's lacrosse will set their sights on a regional matchup with top-ranked Gettysburg College on Saturday, May 18 in Gettysburg, Pa. at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday's second game will feature No. 2 Washington & Lee and No. 8 Wesleyan with a start time of 2:30 p.m. The winners of each game will square off at Clark Field on Sunday, May 19 in the NCAA regional final at 2:30 p.m.
This marks the seventh meeting all-time between Denison and Gettysburg, including the second matchup this season. The Big Red traveled to Clark Field back on March 3 and suffered a 14-4 loss to the Bullets. Hope Adams led Denison with two goals while Jane Goodspeed contributed four ground balls, three draw controls, and three caused turnovers. Gettysburg's Steph Colson led all scorers with four goals and Liza Barr added four assists.
After qualifying for their 21st NCAA postseason by winning the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament for the sixth-straight year, the Big Red enter the round of 16 with a record of 16-4, including 14 wins in the last 15 games.
Reaching at least 16 wins for the third time in program history, this marks Denison's second-straight trip to the Sweet 16 and fifth overall. The Big Red matched up with Salisbury in last year's regional where they fell to the Seagulls, 16-4.
In a clash of two of the nation's top-15 scoring offenses (Gettysburg – 17.00 goals/game, Denison – 16.95 goals/game), the Big Red have five players who have scored at least 32 goals in 2019, led by junior Kiely Noonan and her team-leading 53 goals and 79 points. An All-NCAC first-team selection each of the last two seasons, Noonan currently ranks third all-time in career goals (175) and points (240) over her three seasons in Granville. Noonan has tallied four or more points in 12 games this season, including a season-best 10 points on five goals and five assists in DU's 25-3 win over DePauw on April 13.
Freshman Casey McTague and sophomore Liza Farnham have assisted Noonan on the offensive attack, as both have totaled 40 or more goals this season. McTague, who was named the NCAC Newcomer of the Year in 2019, has also proven to be an all-around contributor for the Big Red with 28 ground balls, 17 caused turnovers, and 52 draw controls. She ranks top-six on the team in each of those categories.
Goodspeed leads a Big Red defense that ranks top-40 nationally in scoring defense, holding the opposition to 8.20 goals per game. Owning nearly every DC and CT record in the book, the 2018 IWLCA All-American is currently the program's all-time leader in caused turnovers and draw controls for a game, season, and career. Fellow All-NCAC honorees in Charlotte Godfrey and Lindsey Karsh assist Goodspeed on the defensive front as they both rank top-three on the team with a combined 89 ground balls and 56 caused turnovers.
On the other side of the field, Gettysburg enters the game with an 18-1 record, including the nation's top ranking in the final Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) regular season poll. The two-time defending national champions are led by sophomore Kerry McKeever who has posted a team-high 60 goals while adding 26 assists this season. Bri Stokes follows McKeever on the scoring front with 48 goals, while Barr leads all of Division III with 70 assists and has added 47 goals. The three-time NCAA Division III National Champions earned their 18th-straight trip to the national tournament following a 16-6 victory over Franklin & Marshall in the Centennial Conference Championship game. The win gave Gettysburg their 12th conference title in program history.
The cost of admission will $6 for adults, $3 for students (ages 13-18, including college students from participating institutions with valid ID's), and $2 for children (ages 3-12). Gettysburg will offer a live video broadcast with live stats for each of the games throughout the weekend.
Sweet '16' – This is the third time in program history that Denison women's lacrosse has achieved 16 or more victories in a season. The Big Red went 16-0 in 1992 and 17-3 in 2018.
Dominant Daniels – In her sixth season at the helm of the Big Red, head coach Amanda Daniels has compiled a record of 85-29, including a 42-4 mark in the North Coast Athletic Conference. In Denison's 20-9 win over John Carroll on April 17, Daniels became the program's all-time winningest coach, surpassing Stephani Schmidt's 80 career victories at DU.
League Leaders – Thanks to a 16-10 win over Kenyon on April 27, 2019, the Big Red locked up their 37th-straight victory in North Coast Athletic Conference play dating back to April 11, 2015. Posting perfect 8-0 NCAC records in each of the last four seasons, Denison is currently 12 wins away from tying the conference winning streak of 49 games, last set by the Big Red from 1991-96.
Good As Can Be – Senior defender Jane Goodspeed is the program's all-time leader in caused turnovers and draw controls for a career, while also setting single-season records in the same categories during her junior season. On the season, Goodspeed leads the Big Red with 167 draw controls, 50 caused turnovers, and 74 ground balls. She currently ranks second in Denison history with 232 career ground balls and 74 GBs for a season. Goodspeed is a four-time member of the All-NCAC first-team and she was named a third-team All-American by the IWLCA in 2018.
Score & More – Denison's offensive attack has taken the next step in 2019, setting program records for goals (339), assists (157), points (496), and draw controls (324) in a season.
Homecoming – Denison's assistant coach Maddie Coleman was an IWLCA All-American with the Bullets in 2012 and was the starting goalie on Gettysburg's first Division III Women's Lacrosse National Championship team in 2011. In Denison's last NCAA Tournament game against Gettysburg, Coleman collected five saves and the win to lead the Bullets to a 17-7 victory over the Big Red in the second round.
Protector of the Red Keep – With a career-high 127 saves in 2019, senior goalie Hannah Magarian currently ranks top-five in the NCAC in goals-against (156), goals-against average (9.43), wins (16), and save percentage (44.9). Allowing four or fewer goals in six games this season, Magarian has posted 10 or more saves on six different occasions, headlined by her career-best 14 saves against Brockport to open the season.