Fri. Jun 21st, 2024

West Chester University’s women’s lacrosse team is dominating the competition this season, cruising to a 16–0 record with just one game remaining on the campaign as of April 30.

Most recently, West Chester defeated Kutztown in a 22–5 rout on April 26. Jessica Gorr delivered a sensational performance in net, posting 11 saves on 16 shots. Gorr, a senior from Exton, is leading the entire National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in goals against average with 6.44. This is a testament to her hard work and effort on the defensive end. She has been a huge part of the Golden Rams success this season and will look to play a big role in helping the team make a deep postseason run.

The Golden Rams have been a force on the offensive end, scoring 285 goals and connecting on 51% of their shots. The team does a great job of not turning the ball over, with 269 turnovers compared to 343 from their opponents. Overall, they are outscoring opponents by a combined 183 goals, which averages out to 11.4 goals per game. 

Hannah Stanislawczyk, a junior from Mohnton, leads the team in goals (66) and total points (76). Her best game (scoring wise) came on April 4 against Millersville when she posted three goals and five assists in the team’s 24–5 landslide victory. In three seasons with the team, Stanislawczyk has compiled 184 goals and 26 assists for a total of 210 points. Her 184 goals rank her in the top five all time in West Chester history, and she has the chance next season to climb into the top 10 in points. Lindsay Monigle, a graduate student from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, is second on the team in total points with 74 and has been a huge facilitator offensively. Monigle has 48 assists which puts her in the top 10 in the entire NCAA. On April 22, Monigle tallied a career high seven assists to go along with a goal in the Golden Rams 19–5 win over Shepherd University. Like Stanislawczyk, Monigle’s name is etched into the record books as she ranks in the top 10 in both assists (fourth with 141) and points (10th with 258).

The Golden Rams are led by head coach Ginny Martino, who has turned the team into a force to be reckoned with during her 25 years at the helm. She has compiled a total of 379 wins in 460 games for a remarkable 82% winning percentage. Martino has led West Chester to 14 PSAC Titles and 10 National Championship appearances. She also has three Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Coach of the Year awards to her name and is well on her way to another this season as the team looks to keep their unbeaten streak alive.

Looking ahead, the Golden Rams will participate in the PSAC tournament starting on Friday, May 5. After that, the team will move on to the NCAA tournament where they will look to return to the championship for the first time since 2019. Last year, West Chester made it to the Atlantic Region Final, losing in heartbreaking fashion to division rivals East Stroudsburg University.

For more information on West Chester’s women’s lacrosse team and all things WCU sports including rosters, stats, schedules and ticketing information, visit the Golden Rams athletics website. 

Erick Klambara is a fourth-year Media and Culture major with a minor in Journalism.

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