Dragons look to secure G-MAC title this weekend

Kat Schneeberger and the Dragons look to win the G-MAC championship this weekend.
Kat Schneeberger and the Dragons look to win the G-MAC championship this weekend.

Tiffin University's fate is in its hands, and the Dragons hope to realize one of their major goals with two victories this weekend.

The Dragons (9-6, 5-0 G-MAC) can secure the G-MAC Championship with two victories this weekend, as Ursuline (4-10, 1-4) and Lake Erie (7-7, 4-1) come to Frost Kalnow Stadium. Winning the regular season title would also guarantee TU the top seed at the G-MAC Tournament and make it the host school for the four-team showdown.

Lake Erie, which plays Findlay at the same time TU plays Ursuline, needs to defeat the Oilers to stay in the title hunt. A loss to Findlay would knock the Storm out of contention and secure the title for TU, which already has a head-to-head victory over Findlay last week.

Ursuline enters on the down swing, having dropped six games in a row before a narrow 14-13 double overtime win over Ashland. Their only G-MAC victory came against Alderson Broaddus in another close one 15-12.

The Arrows are led by Michaela Riley, who ranks 4th in the G-MAC in assists and 7th in points. Jaclyn Gilmore is also 3rd in the conference in ground balls, while Emma Barnes is 5th in caused turnovers and 6th in ground balls. Abigail Neeley is also 10th in draw controls.

The Storm, meanwhile, are 3-3 over their last six contests. They have conference wins against the Battlers, Ohio Valley, and Ursuline while dropping close games to Walsh 16-11, Edinboro 14-10, and Slippery Rock 14-12.

Overall Lake Erie is 4th in points but last in ground balls. They also place 4th in draws.

Anna Spin is the most dangerous Lake Erie player, ranking 5th in the conference in goals, points, and draws. Meagan Maxwell is the top passer in the G-MAC and is also 6th in points. Chloe Nottingham is 9th in draws, while Mackenzie Levine is 4th in GAA. Harmony Moore also ranks 2nd in saves.

For Tiffin, Elle Hamilton continues to have a stellar season. She is 1st in ground balls, 2nd in goals, 3rd in points, and 4th in draws while also placing 9th in caused turnovers. Ashley Osbeck is 9th in assists, while Kat Schneeberger is 2nd in GAA, 4th in saves, and tops in the G-MAC in save percentage. Maddy Batley also comes in with 30 goals while Amie Morrison has 21.