Women’s lacrosse on a four-game losing streak

The Guilford College women’s lacrosse team looks to break a four-game losing streak and make the Old Dominion Athletic Tournament with only two games left.

The team has a 5-8 overall record and 1-5 in the ODAC.

The offense is led by sophomore Madison Iandoli’s 37 goals, 11 more than any other teammate. Iandoli scored 29 goals in her first year and has improved on it this season after loss of the Quakers top offensive threat last year. Iandoli’s 37 goals rank fourth in the ODAC, 10 behind the leader, Randolph-Macon College senior midfielder Alicia Hsieh. Junior midfield Holly Kozak has added in 26 goals and senior midfielder Carter MacLeod has scored 17. A key part of the offense has been the strong play of first-years, attacker Audrey Helfenbein has 24 points and 18 goals, midfielder Nia Gill has 16 goals and attacker Grace Moore leads the team with 12 assists.  Gill leads the team with 63 draw controls and has made five-of-nine free position shoots.

In her first year as head coach, Charlotte Dixon has a young team, with only four seniors on the 20-person roster. Last year, Dixon was an assistant coach to Sarah Lamphier, who resigned in the fall to become the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Division II Slippery Rock University.

The defense is led by the Quakers’ goalkeeper. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Sedaghat has started all games this season and has a 40.3 save percentage. Her 116 saves on the season are fourth-best in the ODAC and she has played the second most minutes in goals in the conference. Sedaghat also leads the team in ground balls with 33. The team has allowed an average of 13.36 goals scored per game

The Quakers only ODAC win came against Randolph College on March 24. The Quakers won 20-4 after scoring 13 goals in the first-half. Guilford allowed four goals in the first half but shut out Randolph from scoring in the second-half.

Gill and Iandoli had five goals apiece in the win and MacLeaod added four.

Heading into the final two games of the season, the Quakers are in eighth place and only the top six teams make the playoffs. The Quakers will play Virginia Wesleyan University, seventh place, and Shenandoah, fifth place, to end the season. The Quakers end the season on April 28 facing Virginia Wesleyan at home for Senior Day.