2015-16 Women's Lacrosse team
First row: Jessi Tapia, Alora Esparza, Bianca Diaz, Nicole Pacheco, Ashley Geraghty, Haley Shilts
Second row: Itzel Rivera, Elisa Thode, Kelly Wetherald, Ashlyn Ptasienski, Abby Taets, Cassandra Berger, Kaley Weir
Third row: Graduate Assistant Sarah Decker, manager Danielle Williams, Brooke Crossen, Robyn Wittkopf, Bridget Schirmers, Sara Rose, Jadyn Franklin, Ambryn Dittmer, Breann Tjaarda, Head Coach Kendall Loggins
2016 Season Stats
Head Coach Kendall Loggins and the University of Dubuque women’s lacrosse set a team wins record with 11 wins behind a single-season goals record, 55 goals, by Second Team All-CCIW selection, Kelly Wetherald, to finish fifth in the CCIW at 11-6, 2-4 CCIW.
A one-goal loss in their season opener fueled the fire for the Spartans as they rattled off a school-record, seven straight wins. Wetherald scored at least three goals in each game of the win streak, including five goals and one assist in 17-0 win, UD’s first shutout, over Concordia-Chicago.
Do-it-all junior midfielder Alora Esparza joined Wetherald on the All-CCIW Second Team after ranking third in ground balls per game (4.83) and fourth in caused turnovers (2.17) in the CCIW over seven conference games. On the entire season, the converted soccer player led the Spartans in caused turnovers (30) and tied for second with 56 ground balls.
UD would finish the non-conference season with a 9-2 record, but ran into a tough CCIW slate en route to their second-straight, fifth-place showing.
The Spartans tied the all-time series at two apiece and matched their previous school record of nine wins with a dominant 19-5 victory at Loras on April 12. A 10-7 win at the Illinois Institute of Technology three games later secured the new school wins record.
Senior Bridget Schirmers was the second-leading scorer with 39 goals and departs UD as the career goals leader with 132 scores.
In addition to overall wins, six other major single-season school records were broken, including three by Wetherald.
-Number of five-goal games: Wetherald 4, Schirmers 1
-Wetherald had 44 career goals in the previous two seasons until 55 in 2016
-Spartans led CCIW in ground balls during CCIW play (27.7 per game)
-Outscored 11 non-conference opponents, 159-78, and outshot, 327-227
-Defensively, UD utilized two freshmen goalkeepers led by Kaley Weir (113 saves)
-Coach Loggins has led the Spartans to 4, 9, and 11 wins, respectively, in her three seasons
-UD’s overall record is now 25-35 (.417) in their four-year history
Roster Makeup – 20 total
Freshman - 3
Sophomore - 4
Junior - 9
Senior - 4
Team Stats (17 games)
Goals per game: 12.12
Shots per game: 27.9
Goals allowed per game: 8.65
Shots allowed per game: 22.9
Goals: Kelly Wetherald (55)*
Asts: Breann Tjaarda (24)*
Pts: Wetherald (74)*
Shots: Wetherald (102)*
Ground Balls: Kaley Weir (60)*
Saves: Weir (113)
Record: Weir (9-5)*
2nd Team | Kelly Wetherald - Attack
2nd Team | Alora Esparza - Midfielder
Cassandra Berger, Ashley Geraghty, Bridget Schirmers, Kelly Wetherald
2015 Women's Lacrosse Team
Front Row: Nicole Pacheco, Cassandra Berger, Itzel Rivera, Jessi Tapia, Bianca Diaz, Ashley Geraghty, and Kelly Wetherald.
Middle Row: Alora Esparza, Ashlyn Ptasienski, Brooke Crossen, Sara Rose, Bridget Schirmers, Robyn Wittkopf, Chelsea Hawkins, and Judy Borah.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Josh Nagle, Danielle Williams, Natalie Cukale, Abby Taets, Elisa Thode, Haley Shilts, Breann Tjaarda, Mollie Bohannan, Jadyn Franklin, Asst. Coach Sarah Decker, and Head Coach Kendall Loggins.
Women’s Lacrosse Turns Heads in Breakout Season
DUBUQUE, Iowa – After posting four wins a year ago, the University of Dubuque women’s lacrosse team surpassed that threshold after posting their fifth win on March 29 vs. Cornell College, en route to a 9-7, 2-4 CCIW record and a fifth-place showing in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
Bridget Schirmers, UD’s all-time leading goal scorer, freshman midfielder Breann Tjaarda, and sophomore defender Jessi Tapia all picked up All-CCIW Second Team honors in the Spartans breakout season.
The Spartans just missed out on the four-team CCIW tournament after letting slip a 7-3 late in the first half at Illinois Wesleyan in a 10-9 defeat. Due to the loss, UD faced a three-way tiebreaker between Illinois Wesleyan and Elmhurst (Ill.) for the final spot in the CCIW tournament. A win over IWU would have automatically secured a berth in the CCIW tourney as the Spartans lost out to Elmhurst (Ill.) on goal differential.
Despite missing out, the Spartans doubled their wins from a year ago and at times, looked dominant doing it. UD won seven of its first nine games by a combined score of 130-49, including a 16-6 defeat of rival Loras at home on April 8.The Spartans also played nine home games in a 10-game period and finished 7-2.
The Spartans defeated Cornell in their school-record fifth win on March 29 after outscoring the Rams, 10-4, in the second half.
“We have great leaders on the team including our four captains: senior Judy Borah, junior Bridget Schirmers, sophomore Robyn Wittkopf and sophomore Brooke Crossen who have done an outstanding job with communication and keeping the team’s energy and morale positive,” added Head Coach Kendall Loggins.
Schirmers paced the team with 35 goals and 12 assists for a team-best, 47 points, while Borah added 33 goals and a team-high 14 assists to go along with 15 ground balls and 20 draw controls in her final season.
Wittkopf scored 11 of her 30 goals in a two-game span and finished with 43 total points. She was second on the team in caused turnovers with 19, trailing only freshman Breann Tjaarda who scooped up 20.
Crossen, a defender, started 13 of 15 games, and collected 32 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.
“All of our incoming players this year made an impact for us and each of them helped us find success on the field, including Breann Tjaarda, who was a key component in the midfield for us,” said Coach Loggins.
The do-it-all Tjaarda also scored 29 times and picked up team-highs in ground balls (52), draw controls (92), and caused turnovers (20).
Anchoring the Spartan defense was senior goalkeeper, Chelsea Hawkins, who started 15 of 16 games, saved 85 shots, and finished 9-7.
“I am so proud of the team’s work ethic this season and I am confident that our women’s lacrosse program will continue to make leaps and bounds in the upcoming 2016 season,” stated Coach Loggins. “I’m also very fortunate to have the coaching staff that I do, Sarah Decker and Josh Nagle each were a huge part of the team’s success this season and I’m very grateful for all of their help.”
Cassandra Berger, Brooke Crossen, Alora Esparza, Ashley Geraghty, Chelsea Hawkins, Ashley Ptasienski, Bridget Schirmers, Haley Shilts, Abby Taets, Jessi Tapia, Elisa Thode, Breann Tjaarda, Kelly Wetherald, Robyn Wittkopf
2014 Women's Lacrosse Team
Front Row: Itzel Rivera, Ashley Geraghty, Nicole Pacheco, Bianca Diaz, Lisa Rosas, Jessi Tapia, and Alora Esparza.
Middle Row: Ashlyn Ptasienski, Kelly Wetherald, Judy Borah, Natalie Cukale, Anna Yackshaw, Cassandra Berger, and Carlie Gabrys.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Josh Nagle, Jadyn Franklin, Robyn Wittkopf, Chelsea Hawkins, Bridget Schirmers, Brooke Crossen, Danielle Williams, Mollie Bohannan, and Head Coach Kendall Loggins.
The 2014 University of Dubuque Women's Lacrosse team finished with a 4-11 overall record and tied for ninth place in the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference at 2-8 for first year head coach Kendall Loggins. The Spartans had an outstanding midseason run winning four straight games beginning with a 18-11 win at Fontebonne for their first MWLC victory. UD also beat Dallas (13-8), Benedictine (11-6), and Illinois Tech (20-5) during the streak. Sophomore Bridget Schirmers scored a team high 48 goals while junior Judy Borah had a team best 10 assists. Defensively, Robyn Wittkopf caused a team high 18 turnovers. Natalie Cukale finished with three wins in goal.
Cassandra Berger, Brooke Crossen, Alora Esparza, Ashley Geraghty, Chelsea Hawkins, Ashlyn Ptasienski, Itzel Rivera, Lisa Rosas, Bridget Schirmers, Jessi Tapia, Kelly Wetherald, Robyn Wittkopf, and Anna Yackshaw earned Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference All-Academic.
2013 Women's Lacrosse Team
Front Row: Bianca Diaz and Lisa Rosas.
Back Row: Dionna Atwood, Ashley Stackis, Samantha Saunders, Nicole Pacheco, Carlie Gabrys, Judy Borah, Bridget Schirmers, Molly Bohannan, Kaylee Roth, and Kellie Edland.
The 2013 University of Dubuque Women's Lacrosse team finished with a 1-11 overall record in their inagural season for head coach Lindsay Feig. The Spartans competed in 2013 as a NCAA Division III Independent. UD played its first game on March 9th at Fontbonne with sophomore Judy Borah scoring the programs first goal. Dubuque played its first home game on April 6th against Concordia University (Wis.). The Spartans picked up their first win with a thrilling 10-9 victory over Loras on April 25th. Borah led the team with 26 goals and six assists. Freshman Bridget Schirmers scored 10 goals.
The University of Dubuque announced the appointment of Lindsay Feig as Head Women's Lacrosse Coach for the Spartans on April 15, 2011. Feig will lead the Spartans in their inaugural season of Lacrosse in 2013. There are currently 201 Division III Women's Lacrosse teams and 166 Division III Men's Lacrosse teams competing in the NCAA. The Spartans will compete in 2013 as an Independent before joining the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conferenece in 2014.