New England has quite a few strong women’s teams this season, and they are led by their backstops in net. Several goalies are having great seasons, and some are leading their squads to the postseason.
Today, we take a look at 10 of the best goalies in the region, and how they’ve led their teams this season
1. Kyle Larkin, Quinnipiac
The senior has started every game for the Bobcats this season, accumulating 612 minutes and keeping a goals against average a tick under 10. She’s faced 293 shots this season and saved 53 percent of them, adding up to 112 stops.
2. Lauren Daly, Boston College
Daly had the tough job to take the place of Zoe Ochoa, who helped lead the Eagles to their first ever NCAA final four and championship contest. So far, Daly has passed that test with flying colors. Eighth in the nation in goals against average, she’s shown that while Boston College is a scoring juggernaut, their goaltending is a big reason behind their success.
3. Samantha Santeramo, Bryant
In ten starts this season, Santeramo has logged 521:35 minutes and pitched a 9.89 goals against average. With a 6-4 record, the senior has made 82 stops this season. The Bulldogs have had an up and down campgain, but Santeramo has remained consistent throughout the entire year.
4. Courtney Barrett, UMass Lowell
Barrett has been a rock in net for the River Hawks as they’ve developed as a program. The senior has been solid all season long, and as their captain, she brings a ton to the team. One of the original members of the program, she was a big reason why the River Hawks had a surprise campaign last season.
5. Paulina Difatta, Fairfield
The sophomore has stepped into the starting role and played well for the Stags. Over 727:48 minutes, Difatta has made 120 stops en route to a 10.14 goals against average. She didn’t play as a freshman, but in 12 games in 2018, has established her role as the starter in Fairfield.
6. Maddy Kuras, Vermont
With over 666 minutes in the cage, it hasn’t been a dubious season for the junior goalkeeper. Kuras has stopped 122 shots en route to a 13.95 goals against average. The Minnesota native is coming off a sophomore campaign where she made 115 saves, so she’s already eclipsed her career-high.
7. Kate Clancy, New Hampshire
The native of Barrington, Rhode Island has started each game for the Wild Cats this season. Clancy has posted a 9.97 goals against average and has reached double-digit save totals twice this season. The junior has responded in strong fashion after New Hampshire went 3-14 a season ago.
8. Kiera Vrindten, Dartmouth
The Big Green have been one of the biggest stories in college lacrosse season, and Vrindten’s performance in net can be accredited to the success in many ways. In ten games, she’s made 79 stops and posted a 11.20 goals against average.
9. Christine Laible, Boston University
Much like Boston College, BU lost its all-star goaltender heading into this season. Caroline Meegan was a big part of the team for four seasons, but Laible had experience when Meegan was injured in her junior season. That gave her some perspective at playing at the D1 level, and she’s been key in net, reclaiming the starting role from sophomore Bianca Smith early in the season.
10. Sydney Marks, Yale
The senior has started each game in net for the Bulldogs this season, pitching a 11.20 goals against average. With 101 saves this season, she’s projected to reach the 130 career-high mark she set as a sophomore. She’s stopped 42.8 percent of shots faced, and has already reached a record 58 percent winning percentage so far this year.