Previous meeting: Adrian defeated Alma 15-4 in Adrian on April 22nd. The Scots had a very early lead, but Adrian took control in the midway point of the first half and cruised to the victory. Jr. A Tracy Gallihugh (Lansing/Waverly) had two of the four Alma goals in the loss.
Scouting the Scots
- 13-5 overall, 7-1 MIAA; second seed in the MIAA
- 7-0 at home and 6-4 on the road
- Won eight consecutive matches
The Scots entered the postseason as the second seed and defeated Calvin College 15-8 on Wednesday afternoon. Under the directon of head coach Laurie Jordan, Alma is averaging 13.7 goals per game and have scored 247 goals with 47 assists thus far.
On defense, the Scots lead the conference with 8.28 caused turnovers, while their 9.44 goals-against average is also tops in the league. Heading into Wednesday, Alma has collected 442 groundballs and has forced 149 turnovers.
The Alma attack is led by Gallihugh, who leads the league with 86 goals and 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 regular season 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 13 assists, while her 49 goals are second most for Alma.
So. A Ashton Street (Brighton/Brighton) paces the Alma defense, leading the team with 57 groundballs and 28 caused turnovers.
In goal, Sr. GK Stephanie Herman (Bay City/All-Saints Central) enters Friday night with a 13-5 overall record. She ranks second in the MIAA with a 47.0% save percentage and fourth in the league with 135 saves.
Scouting the Bulldogs
• 11-5 overall, 8-0 MIAA; first seed in the MIAA
• 6-2 at home
• Have won nine consecutive matches
Under the tutelage of head coach Melissa Nakasuji, Adrian College enters the MIAA Championship as the first seed, and has an overall record of 11-5, including a 6-2 mark in conference play.
The Bulldogs feature the most potent offense in the MIAA, leading the league in goals per game at 16.7 gpg (267 total goals) and they have 80 assists as a team.
Hannah Early paces the Adrian attack, leading the team with 66 goals and has 11 assists, while Brianna Plester is next with 53 tallies and 19 helpers. Close behind them is Maddie Dugan, who has notched 51 goals and a team-high 20 assists for 71 points. In addition, TaShina Salas has 52 goals and 11 helpers for the Bulldogs.
With 50 groundballs, Salas leads a stout Bulldogs defense and she also paces the way with 27 caused turnovers. Plester is number one on the team with 172 draw controls, while Early has added 73.
In goal, Jul Tehovnik has played all 16 games for Adrian and enters Friday with a 11-5 overall record and a 39.7% save percentage with 110 total saves.
The winner of tonight's match will advance to the NCAA Tournament with dates and opponent to be announced later.