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July 17, 2012

2011-12 Season - Vikings lead NCAA in three categories

The Augustana women's lacrosse team lead the nation in scoring offense, scoring margin, and caused turnovers in 2012. The Vikings also ranked in the top 20 in four other statistical categories.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - In its inaugural season of varsity competition, the Augustana women's lacrosse team lit up the scoreboard offensively. Defensively, the Vikings were also one of the toughest teams in the country. It was announced today that Augustana was the statistical champion of three major categories in NCAA Division III. Head coach Sara Tisdale's team finished the season 15-3 overall.

Offensively, Augustana lead NCAA Division III in scoring offense at 19.22 goals per game. This outdistanced the second highest scoring team in the country, Berry, by 1.49 goals per game. The Vikings also lead the nation in scoring margin at 11.17. This means Augustana outscored its opponents by an average of 11.17 goals per game. Salisbury was second in the country at 10.43. 

Defensively, the Vikings were pests for opposing teams. Augustana was the national leader in caused turnovers with an average of 13.61. Roanoke ranked second in this category with an average of 13.22 turnovers caused per game. The Vikings used team defense to create turnovers as not a single Augustana player ranked in the top 200 in the nation in individual forced turnovers.

Augustana was also third in total points for the season with 507. The national leader in points was Salisbury with 537 and SUNY Cortland was second with 520. The Vikings were also in the top 20 in the nation in three other team categories: scoring defense (16th), win percentage (12th), and draw controls (18th).


- Story written by student assistant Paul Hurd