Vikings sweep lacrosse matches on 1st home weekend
March 13, 2012
The Vikings opened their first lacrosse season at home with two wins for the men and two for the women over the weekend.
The men scored a 6-3 victory over Fontbonne on Friday and a 15-0 win over Alma on Sunday. They will play at home again at Thorsen-Lucken Field on March 24.
The women beat Alma 19-4 on and Fontbonne 23-3 on Saturday. They will play again at home March 13 against Otterbein.
In NCAA Division III national lacrosse rankings, the Augustana men's scoring defense is ranked second in the country and the team's scoring margin is ranked ninth in the country. Freshman goalie Cody Burgdorff ranks second in the nation in goals-against average and third in save percentage.
The Vikings have relied on a stout defense to post a 5-1 record this season. Their second-ranked scoring defense is allowing just 2.5 goals per game, only behind Middlebury, which leads the nation at 1.0 goals per game. Scoring defense is the average amount of goals given up per game. Scoring margin looks at the average difference between goals scored and goals allowed. The Vikings manage to outscore their opponents by an average of 8.83 goals per game, good for ninth best in Division III. Salisbury is leading the nation, averaging 12.57 more goals than their opponents.
Burgdorff has a spectacular goals-against average, allowing just 2.93 goals per game, good for second in the nation behind Nate Guadio of Middlebury. His save percentage is 0.732, meaning he stops more than 70% of the shots on goal. Guadio also leads in this category, with a save percentage of 0.875.
Head coach Kyle Hart's team will next be playing against Albion in Albion, Mich.
The Vikings host Otterbein at home on Tuesday, March 13, at 6 p.m. and travel to Carthage on Saturday, March 17, for a 2 p.m. contest.
The women's team has had a great start to its first season, with the offense driving their 5-2 record. In the first NCAA Division III national statistical rankings, the Vikings are near the top of the nation in many offensive categories. As a team, the Vikings rank first in points, eighth in scoring offense, 21st in draw controls and 28th in caused turnovers. There are many individuals who are among the national leaders as well.
Through seven games, the Vikings have accumulated 177 points, good for the most in the nation at this point. The Viking's scoring offense, which is the average amount of goals per game, is ranked eighth with 18.43. Medaille leads with 22.0 goals per game. Coach Sara Tisdale's team is 21st with 16.0 draw controls per game and 28th with 11.71 caused turnovers per game. Marywood leads with 19.5 draw controls per game, and Mt. St. Vincent is tops in the nation with 30.0 caused turnovers per game.
Individually, the Vikings have been piling up the statistics. Freshman Hilary Kargl has scored the most goals so far with 46. She is second in the nation with 52 total points, just behind Kristan Dziurzynski of Berry, who has 54 points. Kargl is averaging 6.57 goals per game, behind only Meaghan Fileti of Smith,
Taylor Hughes of St. John Fisher and Allison Terry of Notre Dame (MD), who are all averaging 7.0 goals per game.
Kargl's 7.43 points per game ranks her 11th, while Kendyl Clarkson of Buffalo State leads with 9.5 points per game.
However, Kargl is not the only Viking putting up big numbers. Freshman Christina Letmanski ranks 23rd in the nation with 24 total points, and tied for 22nd with 8 assists. She is tied with freshman
teammate Hannah Dickman, who also has 8 assists. Freshman Allie Roehrenbeck is another key contributor, having accumulated 17 goals and 22 total points, good for 29th and 28th best in the nation, respectively.
Freshman Sarah Osier and the defense are also having success, with Osier ranking ninth in the nation with 62 saves. Chelsea Totaro of LaGrange is first with 90 saves.