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Maguire helps lead Keuka College laxwomen back to NCAA tournament

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KEUKA PARK - Former Potsdam Central standout Kaycee Maguire will be out to help the Keuka College women’s lacrosse team make more school history later today.

After having made lead contributions to a breakthrough season last spring that saw the Storm earn a first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III tournament, the junior midfielder has enjoyed even more success this year heading into this afternoon’s opening round game on the road against the University of Mount Union of Ohio. The Storm saw their season end in the first round of last year’s tournament as they set their sights on netting what would be another historic win this evening.

The Storm (16-2) captured their second straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship with a 12-11 win over Morrisville State this past Sunday.

After scoring nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) while recording seven groundballs and six draw controls and causing five turnovers, Maguire earned the NEAC’s Tournament MVP honors. She tallied two goals and one assist in the title game.

“Our intensity was great today,” Maguire said. “We had the heart to come out and fight, and we gave it everything we had. We all wanted to go back to the NCAA tournament like we did last year, and none of us wanted this to be the last game that we played together as a team. We had that heart and intensity necessary to win a big game and it feels great to be going back to the NCAA tournament.”

With the win over Morrisville, the Storm extended their win streak to 22 games against NEAC opponents.

Maguire was one of seven Keuka players to earn All-NEAC status for their efforts through the course of the regular season. Maguire

Maguire scored 36 points on 30 goals with six assists in leading the Storm to the NEAC regular-season championship. Maguire was tied for second on the team in goals scored, was fifth in points and was second in both draw controls (24) and groundballs (68).

Maguire, who earned her third straight all-conference honors, ranked fourth in the NEAC in groundballs and was 14th in goals scored. A two-way midfielder, Maguire also caused 35 turnovers, second on the Storm and fourth in the NEAC.

Overall this spring, Maguire has now generated 35 goals and 10 assists for 45 points, raising her career totals to 85 goals and 21 assists.

Mount Union (15-2) won the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season and postseason titles to earn a spot in the NCAA field. The game will be played at at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance, Ohio.

Keuka brings a 14-game win streak into the NCAA tournament, while Mount Union has won 15 of 16 since a season-opening loss to Marymount (Va.).

The Purple Raiders received one of five bids reserved for independents and non-automatic qualifying conferences to enter the 36-team NCAA Tournament field. Mount Union is in its second varsity season.

The winner advances to face SUNY Cortland, the nation’s top-ranked team, Saturday in Cortland. The Storm fell to Cortland in a first-round NCAA contest in 2013 in the Storm’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Face-off for the opening round game at Mount Union is slated for 7 p.m.

Kaycee is the daughter of Mick and Sheila Maguire of Potsdam.

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