by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's lacrosse team will take part in its first Conference Carolinas Championship match in program history later today when the Lady Bulldogs visit University of Mount Olive for a 4 p.m. quarterfinal contest.
The Lady Bulldogs, now in their second season as a program, qualified for the tournament as the No. 7 seed with a 3-6 conference mark, and will take on a UMO team seeded No. 2 after a 9-1 league slate.
Barton was paced offensively during the regular-season by freshman Jenna Brunclik, who finished just outside the league's top 10 in goals scored with 47. Freshman Angelina Scarpa tied for fourth in the conference in assists with 22 while also contributing 18 goals, and freshman Kayli Ashenfelter added 33 goals.
BC's defense was spearheaded by sophomore Rebecca Fraser, who led Conference Carolinas in groundballs for the second straight year with 75. Fraser also ranked second in the league in caused turnovers (38) and fifth in draw controls won (75). Sophomore Alyssa Torres has chipped in 19 caused turnovers and 28 groundballs.
Freshman goalie Katherine Mattena ranked third in the league in saves (125) and sixth in goals against average (14.2).
Mount Olive has four players ranked among the top 11 in the conference in total points, led by sophomore Jackie Kaderabek and freshman Jordan Shughrue, who both posted 70. Defensively, junior Sadie Michael topped the league in caused turnovers with 44.
Barton and Mount Olive met during the regular-season all the way back on February 3 in the very first match of the year for both teams. The Trojans took that contest, 20-1, while enjoying a 33-7 edge in shots.
The winner of Wednesday's matchup will advance to the championship semifinals on Friday at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C., and face the winner of Wednesday's contest between No. 3 seed Belmont Abbey College and No. 6 seed Converse College.