Playoff Preview: Women's Lax Takes on Ursinus in Centennial Opening Round
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - The Swarthmore College women's lacrosse team's first appearance in the Centennial Conference playoffs in six seasons will take place on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in Collegeville against the Ursinus Bears in opening round action.
Live stats and live video of the game -- courtesy of Ursinus Athletics -- can be found on the Swarthmore Athletics website and at Centennial Conference Championship Page.
No. 5 seed Garnet (11-5) and No. 4 seed Bears (9-7) will be battling for a spot in the Centennial semifinals and a match-up with No. 1 seed and defending national champion Gettysburg from the Battlefield. The Swarthmore-Ursinus winner will take on the Bullets at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday from Gettysburg. The Centennial Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship game is set for 1:00 pm on Sunday.
Ironically, Swarthmore's only other appearance in the Centennial playoffs came against Ursinus; in the 2006 opening round game, the Bears topped the Garnet 12-6.
The Garnet is led by All-America candidate Annalise Penikis. The junior midfielder leads the Centennial Conference in goals (61), assists (37) and points (98), giving her a great chance to became the first player in the 19-year history of the Centennial Conference to finish with the single-season lead in all three categories. Penikis also enters the game with 198 career points, looking to become just the seventh player in program history to reach 200 for a career. Other key players include senior Marie Mutryn (29 goals), junior Nicole Vanchieri (18 goals, 49 DCs), sophomore Corinne Sommi (38 goals), senior Maddie Williams (49 DCs) and sophomore Caroline Murphy (20 CTs).
The Bears are led by senior Alyssa Thren, who finished the regular season with 49 goals, ranking third in the Centennial Conference.
Swarthmore will be looking to avenge a 16-9 loss to the Bears back on St. Patrick's Day in Collegeville. In that game, Alyssa Thren scored five goals, while Kitty Dawson and Elizabeth Chatburn each added three for the Bears.