THE MATCHUP: Mount Holyoke continues its homestand on Wednesday when it welcomes Bridgewater State. The all-time series between the two schools is locked at a 9-9 margin, with the Lyons securing the most recent win in 2012 - a 12-11 overtime victory. The game also marks a celebration for retiring MHC Athletics Director, Laurie Priest, as well as celebrating Division III Week and National Student-Athlete Day!
THE LYONS: Mount Holyoke (8-2; 2-1 NEWMAC) downed MIT last Saturday, posting a 17-6 victory over the Engineers. First year Julia Bell netted a pair of goals and sophomore Kirsten Kilburn added three in the first half to give the Lyons a 9-3 advantage at halftime. Senior Molly MacDonald shined in the second half, scoring three of her four goals, while Kilburn added two more tallies for a game-best five goals. In the cage, senior Liz Malenfant made seven stops to move to 8-1 overall.
THE BEARS: Bridgewater State (10-0; 2-0 MASCAC) enters Wednesday's contest with an undefeated record. The Bears most recently defeated Salve Regina on Monday by an 18-9 margin. In that contest, the two teams traded goals to open the game, but Bridgewater took control at the 22:41 mark with 10 straight goals, including three apiece from Jill Caramello and Alexis Hadcock. The Bears held a 16-4 lead at halftime and used that advantage to hold off Salve, which scored five goals over the final 30 minutes.
HONORING A LEGACY: Wednesday night marks a bittersweet moment for Mount Holyoke and its athletes as we celebrate Laurie Priest, Athletics Director and Chair of Physical Education at MHC since 1989, who will step down from her position at the end of this school year. A tireless advocate for equity in sport for girls and women, she has been recognized nationally for her work to promote and support Title IX. In addition to being involved with countless groups and organizations, Priest has been honored multiple times, including as the 2002 Woman of the Year for Division III athletics by NACWAA. She was also recognized by the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport as their Honor Award recipient that same year. Additionally in 2007, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport.
NEXT UP: The Lyons will celebrate their seven seniors on Saturday in the final regular season home game against Wheaton (12pm). The Bears play at Westfield State on April 16th (7pm).