W&M Hosts Northeastern on Friday Night
Updated: Tuesday 10/08/2015 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William & Mary field hockey team returns home this week, hosting Northeastern on Friday night in the only match of Fall Break.  The Tribe and the Huskies will square off on Friday at 7 p.m., down at Busch Field.

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Scouting the Tribe
W&M enters the weekend at 5-7 overall and 1-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association, after downing Towson the last time out.  Senior Pippin Saunders (Mittagong, NSW) leads the team with eight goals and three assists, while sophomore Cammie Lloyd (Midlothian, Va.) scored her sixth goal of the year against the Tigers.  On defense, senior Meredith Savage (Virginia Beach, Va.) earned the shutout and lowered her GAA to 2.67 with 51 saves.

Scouting the Huskies
Northeastern is 3-9 on the year and 0-1 in league play, after falling to Drexel last weekend.  Natalie Stewart is one of four players with three goals, leading the Huskies with five goals and four assists.  Becky Garner has played every minute in goal, with a 2.91 GAA and 83 stops.

The Series
W&M is 5-10 all-time against Northeastern, including a 3-4 mark in Williamsburg.  The last Tribe win came at home, 4-3 in 2011, while the Huskies have won three in a row including last season's regular-season finale.

News and Notes
- The Tribe scored both of its goals against Towson on penalty strokes, bring the season total to four stroke goals on five attempts.  The four goals is tied for third all-time with the 1999 team, behind only the nine scored in 1995 and seven in 1993.  The five attempts are the fourth-most in school history, behind those three other teams.

- Junior Amanda McAteer (King of Prussia, Pa.) has scored two of her three penalty attempts, both numbers the fourth-most ever.  The school record in both categories is seven, by Saskia Bensdorp '98 in 1995.

- W&M was rated No. 28 in the first rating percentage index release, matching its best-ever rating in the RPI since the NCAA began keeping it for field hockey in 2006.

- This season saw the third time since 1993 that W&M has played two different teams with the same ranking within 10 days of each other.  The Tribe played No. 4 Duke on Sunday, Sept. 13, and No. 4 Virginia on Monday, Sept. 21.  The record for shortest seperation was three days in 1997, when W&M played No. 2 North Carolina and No. 2 Virginia.  The first time it happened was in 1994, with matches against No. 2 Northwestern and No. 2 Virginia coming a week apart.

- Saunders is rapidly closing in on several significant career milestones.  She has 21 career assists, tied for second-most all-time and just four from the record set last year by former teammate Emma Clifton '15.  Saunders also has 33 goals for W&M, the most since Hall-of-Famer Ann Ekberg '03 graduated with 54.  If Saunders can get to 40, she'll take over sole possession of fifth on the all-time scoring list.  Finally, in points, Saunders has 87, just six away from the all-time top-five in that category.

- Lloyd's hat trick against Ohio was the first for W&M since the 2012 season opener, when Christine Johnson '13 scored four goals.  That performance earned her CAA Player of the Week honors.

- Saunders scored twice in just 15 seconds against Central Michigan.

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