Clinch Conference Title, Earn Accolades
their 12-11 victory over the 18th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes,
the Vanderbilt Commodores clinched the inaugural American
Lacrosse Conference regular-season championship. Vanderbilt
is undefeated (5-0) in conference play with only one league
match remaining on their schedule. For their play in the match,
junior captain Tara Schmucker and sophomore Jess Roguski were
both honored this week.
The #12 Commodores are currently the highest-ranked team in
the ALC, ahead of Penn State (15), Ohio State (16) and Johns
Hopkins (17). Penn State is currently 3-1 in conference, but
their loss at the hands of the Commodores gives Vanderbilt
the head-to-head advantage. The five remaining league teams
(above, plus Davidson, Northwestern and Ohio) each have at
least two conference losses.
Schmucker, a defender from Jamison, Pennsylvania, became the
second Commodore this season to be recognized as the Player
of the Week in the American Lacrosse Conference. She led the
Commodore defense, which held the Buckeyes to only three goals
in the second half, and used her speed and stick skills to
control the midfield. SchmuckerÕs assist gave Vanderbilt the
lead in the 54th minute, and her second goal of the game four
minutes later iced the victory. She leads the team this season
in caused turnovers (24) and ground balls (33).
Roguski, a midfielder from Eldersburg, Maryland, was named
honorable mention Player of the Week by InsideLacrosse.com
for her play against Ohio State. She won eight draws in the
game and helped Vanderbilt gain a 16-9 edge on the draw. Roguski
also scored three goals in the game, her fifth hat-trick of
the season. She is second on the team in goals and points,
and ranks 12th in the nation in draw controls per game (2.67).
"Winning our conference in it's inaugural year is a very
special honor," said head coach Cathy Swezey. "We
are proud to belong to a conference that has four top twenty
teams and has provided excellent competition all season. Hopefully,
this achievement will motivate us to accomplish a few more
things this year."
"Winning our new conference was huge for our team and
program," added Schmucker. "We have three more games
left in our regular season. The conference win proved our
team's success thus far, but our season is not finished. We
just need to continue working hard and improving so that we
can coalesce to play three 60-minute games."