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GNAC Women's Lacrosse Report: Week 4



Brittany Ireland, Colby-Sawyer (Sr, F - Amherst, N.H)

Ireland led the Chargers with 14 points in a 2-0 week against GNAC opponents. She had eight goals, six assists, six ground balls, six draw controls and three caused turnovers for the week. Ireland began action with a game best seven points (5 G, 2 A) in a 17-10 victory over Norwich. The senior then tied for game-high in points with seven on three goals and four assists. She also moved into seventh on Colby-Sawyer's career assists list with 42. 


Brittany McPherson, Regis (Mass.) (So., GK - Lynn, Mass.)

McPherson helped lead the Pride to three victories last week, posting a .707 save percantage, stopping 29 of the 41 shots she faced. On Tuesday against Fitchburg State, she made eight saves while allowing just five goals for a .615 save percentage. The next day USJ, she posted an .833 save percentage with 10 saves among 12 shots on goal, at the time tying her season high for saves. On Saturday against Simmons, she set a new season high with 11 saves, once again allowing just five goals for a .688 save percentage. In all four Regis victories so far this season, McPherson has allowed either one or zero goals in the first half. She currently leads the GNAC in save percentage (.600) and is second in the conference in goals against average (6.40). 



Emily Saef, Emmanuel (Mass.) (So, A/M - Moultonborough, N.H.)

Saef enjoyed another strong week for the Saints scoring a team-high nine goals over two games. The rookie lit up the scoreboard with seven goals (all in the first half) in a 23-3 victory over Bay Path before scoring two more goals against Curry later in the week. The sophomore added six draw control wins, caused five turnovers and added four grounballs for Emmanuel.

Kylie Rice, Emmanuel (Mass.) (Jr, A - Bethlehem, Conn.) - Rice posted a 10-point week as Emmanuel went 1-1, scoring four goals to go along with six assists. The junior racked up seven points on two goals and five assists in a 23-3 victory over Bay Path before adding three points on two goals and one assist in a 15-12 loss vs. Curry.

Allison Pazienski, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Sr., M - New Hyde Park, N.Y.) - Pazienski had six goals and an assist for seven points in both of JWU's GNAC wins last week, registering 12 goals, two helpers and two ground balls versus Albertus Magnus and at Norwich. 

Vanessa Pino, Lasell (Sr., A - Methuen, Mass.) - Pino recorded 15 points on 11 goals and four assists in three Lasell victories (1-0 GNAC), recording her 200th career point in the process. She tallied three goals and one assist in a victory over Emerson; notched six goals and one assist in a win over Salem State, including her 200th career point; and finished the week with two goals and two assists in a GNAC win over Anna Maria. She also grabbed three ground balls and two draw controls against Anna Maria. 

Alyssa Kelly, Regis (Mass.) (Sr., M - Lee, Mass.) - Kelly has quickly integrated herself into Regis' offensive lineup, helping the Pride to three straight victories over the past week. Mount Ida's career leader in points (307), goals (213), and assists (94), Kelly had seven goals and two assists for nine points in a 3-0 week. She had hat tricks in victories over Fitchburg State and Simmons and added seven ground balls, 11 draw controls and four caused turnovers on the week.

Jenna Banta, St. Joseph (Conn.) (Fr., M - Montville, Conn.) - Banta powered the Blue Jays to a 1-1 week with nine goals, 14 draw controls, and seven groundballs over a pair of contests, including an eight-goal effort in a 17-6 win over Mitchell. 

Elena Bragg, Simmons (Senior, M/A - Belmont, Mass.) - The senior netted five goals, picked up four ground balls, won six draw controls and caused three turnovers. The midfielder netted multiple goals in both matches. Bragg scored three times, including the game-winner in overtime vs. Curry College on March 19 to go with four draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover.

Cat Cross, Simmons (So, G - Beverly, Mass.) - The sophomore posted a 8.43 goals against average in 121:04 minutes of action over two matches and stopped 26 shots to register a 60.5% save percentage. The goalie turned away a season-high 18 shots to preserve a 9-8 overtime victory over Curry College on March 19. Cross made eight more saves in a 9-5 loss at Regis (Mass.) on March 23.


1 Allison Pazienski, JWU Cassidy O'Hara, JWU  None
2  Allison Pazienski, JWU (2)  Cat Cross, SIM Maegan Neelon, SIM 
3 Jordan McComb, LAS   Morgan Choquet, LAS Emily Saef, EMM
4  Brittany Ireland, CSC  Brittany McPherson, REG Emily Saef, EMM (2)

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