Former Carthage all-star Kat DeRonda helped spark two-time defending NCAA champion Northwestern into the Division I tournament with her performance last weekend for the Wildcats.
DeRonda, a junior midfielder, joined with teammate Kelly Rich to give the Wildcats additional scoring against favored Florida in the American Lacrosse Conference Championship. DeRonda and Rich combined for five goals and two assists in Northwesterns 8-3 upset victory Sunday in Baltimore.
DeRonda has seven goals in Northwesterns last four games. She has 10 goals and two assists in 15 games on the season.
Northwestern, 17-2 and seeded second in the NCAAs, hosts the winner of todays Notre Dame-Stanford game on Sunday.
In other NCAA Division I games, former Carthage player Katie Ferris, a junior, leads the University of Massachusetts into todays game against Connecticut at Penn State. Ferris has a team high 47 goals and 70 assists for UMass (17-2).
Ferris was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year on May 2.
Former Carthage teammate Amy Tiernan has five goals and four assists for UMass as a sophomore midfielder.
Ex-Carthage player Kailah Kempney and Syracuse plays a 3 p.m. NCAA tournament game Sunday against the winner of todays game between Boston College and Dartmouth. Kempney, a sophomore, is fourth on the team in scoring with 32 points (25-7). Former Watertown High School player Taylor Nims, a senior, has seven goals and an assist in five games for the Orange.
Gabrielle Kamide, a former Carthage player, is a senior midfielder on Le Moyne College, which faces Adelphi on Saturday in the schools first home NCAA tournament game in history.
Kamide, a senior midfielder, has 15 goals and two assists for the Dolphins (16-2), the second seed in the tournament.
Former Ogdensburg Free Academy player Chelsea Martin joins SUNY Cortland when it takes on Adrian (Mich.) College on Saturday in an NCAA tournament game in Cortland.
Martin, a sophomore midfielder/defender, has played in 18 games and has four goals and an assist.
Former Salmon River athlete Ty Thompson enters Saturday nights Division I tournament first-round game for the University of Albany against Denver as the reigning America East Conference player of the week after scoring a career-best eight goals in the conference finals last weekend.
Thompson, a junior attackman, leads Albany (13-4) with 48 goals and has 65 points. During his eight-goal burst in a 19-10 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County to clinch the conference title, he surpassed the 100-goal mark for his career. He is the 11th Great Danes player to reach that mark.
Albany plays Denver (12-4) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in Denver.
Another former Salmon River player, Myan Adams, is a senior defenseman on a Cornell squad that plays at Maryland on Sunday. He has played in three games for the Big Red.
Former Carthage player Tom Grimm, is a redshirt freshman on No. 1 Syracuse, which hosts Bryant on Sunday night in a first-round game. Grimm has played in eight games for SU.
Immaculate Heart Central graduate Tyler Prevost leads Le Moyne College into its first-round game against Long Island-Post (formerly C.W. Post) on Saturday.
Prevost, a senior attacker, is first on the team in points (53) and assists (36). He has 17 goals.
Le Moyne (15-12) won the Northeast-10 Conference title by beating Adelphi, 7-5.
In another Division II first-round game, Seton Hill (12-2) takes on Limestone on Saturday. Former South Jefferson player Marc Piche is a sophomore midfielder on Seton Hill. He has 11 goals and six assists in 14 games, good for eighth on the team.
Former Carthage player Derek Kehoe is a sophomore midfielder for No. 1-ranked Mercyhurst, which plays Lake Erie College in a first-round game Saturday. Kehoe has played in one game this season.
Cody Kilcoyne, a former St. Lawrence Central player, is the leading scorer for Adrian College, which won its first NCAA tournament game Wednesday, a 14-11 victory over Otterbein.
Kilcoyne, a junior, scored three goals in the victory. He leads Adrian in goals (53), assists (27) and points (80) in 17 games. Hes won the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association player of the week four times this season.
Cantons Jesse Gilbert also plays for Adrian (14-3), which has won nine straight. Gilbert has recorded 11 goals and three assists.
Adrian plays at Dickinson College on Saturday afternoon in a second-round game.
In another second-round game, Nazareth College plays Western New England on Saturday. Former Carthage player Danny Conlin plays for Nazareth (15-4). Conlin has played in nine games and has scored three times.
Meanwhile, Watertowns Jim Berkman is attempting to lead Salisbury (Md.) State to its third straight NCAA championship and 11th overall as the Seagulls coach. Salisbury State faces Washington & Lee on Saturday.