The Central Connecticut women's lacrosse team hosts Bryant at Arute Field in the third of four straight home Northeast Conference contests this afternoon. The Blue Devils (5-8, 2-2 NEC) and Bulldogs (10-3, 4-0 NEC) are meeting for the third time in the last two seasons. The teams split last season's meetings with both contests decided by a single goal. CCSU won 9-8 in the regular season and Bryant won 11-10 in the NEC Semifinals.
Here are some notes on the Blue Devils heading into the contest:
• This is the 7th all-time meeting between these programs with Bryant holding a 4-2 advantage in the series. The teams split last season's meetings and are 2-2 against each other since the 2011 season.
• Last season against Bryant, goalkeeper Morgan Tullar led the way for CCSU with 23 saves and 19 goals allowed for an average of 11.5 saves and 9.5 goals against per game. Amanda Toke was also effective with four goals, four ground balls, four draw controls and a caused turnover against the Bulldogs.
• Senior Amanda Toke enters today's game leading the Blue Devils in goals (28), assists (11) and points (39). She also enters the day with 99 points in her collegiate career. Sophomore Falynn McCartney currently leads the Blue Devils with 47 draw controls on the season, which is tied for the fourth-highest single-season mark in program history.
• The Blue Devils will close out the 2014 home schedule next Friday against Sacred Heart. That game will also serve as Senior Day as the women's lacrosse program honors the Class of 2014. CCSU will finish the regular season at LIU Brooklyn on Sunday, April 25. The Northeast Conference Tournament will begin on May 2 at the site of the regular season champion. The top-four teams in the regular season standings will qualify with two semifinal contests on May 2 and the championship on May 4.