2014 MIAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Preview: Alma College vs. Calvin College

2014 MIAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Preview: Alma College vs. Calvin College

2014 MIAA Women's Lacrosse Semifinals
Wednesday, April 30th - Bahlke Field
1:00 p.m.
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Previous meeting: Alma defeated Calvin 16-14 at Bahlke Field on April 24th. Jr. A Tracy Gallihugh (Lansing/Waverly) recorded eight goals and an assist in the victory.

Scouting the Scots
• 12-5 overall, 7-1 MIAA; second seed in the MIAA
• 6-0 at home
• Last five games (5-0):
      • April 12 at Hope: W 10-5
      • April 16 vs. Albion: W 14-9
      • April 18 vs. Olivet: W 20-10
      • April 24 vs. Calvin: W 16-14
      • April 26 at Saint Mary's College (IN): W 24-6

The Scots enter the postseason as the second seed and head into Wednesday's contest on a seven-game winning streak. Under the directon of head coach Laurie Jordan, Alma finished the regular season ranked third in the MIAA in goals per game (13.65) and fifth in assists (2.44). Alma finished the regular season with 232 goals and 44 assists.

On defense, the Scots lead the conference with 8.75 caused turnovers, while their 9.81 goals-against average is also tops in the league. Heading into Wednesday, Alma has collected 417 groundballs and has forced 144 turnovers.

The Alma attack is led by Gallihugh, who leads the league with 4.82 goals per game, 5.38 points per game and her 82 goals is the most in the conference. She set the record for most goals in a season in 2014, collecting 51 scores in conference play. She broke two MIAA records in the final game of the season, putting up 12 goals and 14 points in the Scots 24-6 victory over Saint Mary's. Her 82 goals in 2014 were the second most in Division III and her 4.82 goals per game was third highest in the nation. She also ranks amongst the national leaders in points per game, and total points.

Fr. A Stephanie Chou (East Brunswick, NJ/East Brunswick) leads the team with 12 assists, while her 46 goals are second most for Alma.

So. A Ashton Street (Brighton/Brighton) paces the Alma defense, leading the team with 55 groundballs and 26 caused turnovers.

In goal, Sr. GK Stephanie Herman (Bay City/All-Saints Central) enters Wednesday with a 12-5 overall record. She ranks second in the MIAA with a 46.1% save percentage and fourth in the league with a 7.50 saves per game average.

Scouting the Knights
• 9-5 overall, 6-2 MIAA; third seed in the MIAA
• 4-4 on the road
• Last five games (4-1):
      • April 12 vs. Trine University (IN): W 18-5
      • April 19 vs. Albion: W 15-11
      • April 22 vs. Saint Mary's College (IN): W 15-4
      • April 24 at Alma: L 16-14
      • April 26 at Kalamazoo: W 20-10

Under the tutelage of head coach Blake Boehm, Calvin College enters the MIAA Tournament as the third seed, after finishing the season with a 6-2 mark in conference play.

The Knights feature one of the most potent offenses in the MIAA, leading the league in assists per game (5.43), while their 13.43 goals per game is fourth highest in the conference. Calvin enters Wednesday with 188 goals and 76 assists.

Michelle Holwerda paces the Knight attack, she leads the team and the conference with 30 assists (2.14 per game). Audrey Grabowski leads Calvin with 41 goals, while Emily Cefaratti leads the team with 49 points.

With 55 groundballs, Karissa Reed leads a Knight defense that ranks first in the MIAA with 419 GB's. Mary Hoogstra leads the team with 16 caused turnovers, and Lissa Busscher ranks first on Calvin with 35 draw controls.

In goal, Lauren Spoelstra enters Wednesday with an 8-4 overall record and a 41.2% save percentage.

The winner of Wednesday's match will face the winner of #4 Albion (5-3, 8-7) at #1 Adrian (8-0, 10-5) in the championship game on Saturday, with location depending on highest seed.