Camels set for regular season finale Saturday morning at Radford

Amanda Chasin (Courtesy of Kaylee Kerr)
Amanda Chasin (Courtesy of Kaylee Kerr)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Campbell will close out the 2017 regular season Saturday morning in a Big South Conference matchup at Radford. First draw has been pushed up four hours to 8 AM due to the forecasted storms coming into the area Saturday afternoon.

Fans can follow all the action through live stats available through gocamels.com. Live in-game updates will also be posted on the Camels' Twitter page, @GoCamelsWLAX.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

LAST TIME OUT: Campbell (8-7, 5-1 BSC) saw its five-game winning streak snapped by Big South leaders High Point by a 17-10 margin on Wednesday. It was a one-goal game late in the first half but the Panthers scored three unanswered before the break, and the Camels couldn't get any closer the rest of the way. Tina Ricci and Mackenzie Koeller led CU with three goals each.

WHAT'S AT STAKE: Campbell has clinched the No. 2 seed and a quarterfinal bye in the upcoming Big South Championship regardless of Saturday's outcome. A win for Radford could earn the fifth seed in the tournament but regardless the Highlanders have already clinched a spot in their first Big South Championship.

A LITTLE HISTORY: A win over Radford Saturday would give Campbell its highest winning percentage in regular season play in program history. The Camels' second-place finish in the Big South is also the program's highest ever and they are already slated to appear in their second-straight Big South Championship semifinal after earning the program's first quarterfinal bye.

KOELLER NAMED POTW: For her efforts last week, Koeller was named the Big South Co-Offensive Player of the Week. It was her first career conference weekly honor.

ON THE OFFENSE: Campbell features a balanced attack from a variety of scoring options. 12 different players have found the back of the cage for the Camels this season in an offense that is averaging 12.13 goals per game. That's currently the fourth-highest tally in the Big South.

LEADING THE WAY: Kayla Reilly and Melissa Placek are the leaders the Camel offense. Reilly has cumulated a team-high 57 points on 24 goals and 33 assists. She is averaging 2.20 assists per game, which stands second in the conference and 19th nationally. Placek has a team-high 39 goals and 11 assists to go with a team-high 77 draw controls. That's an average of 5.13 draws per contests, which also ranks second in the BSC and 20th nationally.

A LITTLE DEFENSIVE: Campbell's scoring defense stands third in the league, as opponents are averaging 12.67 goals per game. The Camels feature a veteran defensive unit headlined by Big South Preseason Defensive Player of the year Erin O'Hara and fifth-year senior April Reinhart. Megan Reilly has also started every game and Amanda Chasin has seen significant minutes. Allison Waldhauser has started the past eight contests.

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Merredith Bechler has started 14 games in goal, but all three Camel goalkeepers have seen time in the cage this season. Bechler owns a 0.398 save percentage, which ranks third in the Big South. Her 7.50 saves per game and12.57 goals against average stand third and fourth respectively. Alex Salim has appeared in four games and has 10 saves while Kylie Haarhoff also has four appearances and earned the win over La Salle.

EARLY IMPRESSIONS: Numerous members of the Camels' freshman class have already made significant impacts early in their careers. Tina Ricci ranks fourth on the team in points with 36 on 22 goals and 14 assists. Sam Carey has started every contest and ranks second on the team in draw controls with 57. Katie Matz has scored in eight of 12 games she has appeared and netted the game-winning goal vs. La Salle.

LIMITING MISCUES: CU is averaging the fewest turnovers in the Big South with just 15.60 miscues per game, which ranks 22nd nationally.

CONTROLLING THE DRAW: Campbell is averaging 14.87 draw controls per contest. That tally ranks second in the Big South and 11th nationally.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: In conference play, the Camels are averaging 23.33 points per game, which ranks third in the league. Campbell is scoring 15.67 goals per game and giving up just 10.82 goals per game. The Camels are needing just 7.67 saves per contest while their goalkeepers' save percentage sits at .411 (3rd BSC).

HEAD COACH DAWN EASLEY: Campbell head coach Dawn Easley is in her fourth season in Buies Creek after leading the Camels to the most successful season in program history last year. She coached CU in its first postseason victory to advance to its first Big South semifinals. Easley has mentored 12 All-Big South honorees in three years at Campbell.

CAMELS PICKED THIRD: Campbell received its highest preseason billing in program history when the Big South coaches picked the Camels to finish third in the league standings. High Point was tabbed as the preseason favorites followed by defending champions Winthrop in second.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Campbell won the only matchup against Radford by a 20-6 margin last season in the Highlanders inaugural campaign.

SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS: Radford (6-9, 2-4) owns a pair of conference victories this season and is just three games under .500 overall in the second year of the program. RU owns the second-best scoring offense in the league (13.53 gpg) and lead the Big South in draws with 15.33 per game (7th NCAA). Lindsey Carroll leads the league and ranks eighth nationally in assists while Adrian Rius tops the Big South in draws with 5.93 per game (11th NCAA).

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will open play in the Big South Championship on Friday, May 5 in the semifinal round. As the No. 2 seed, Campbell will play the winner of the quarterfinal matchup between the No. 3 seed and the No. 6 seed. Those spots will be determined following Saturday's action. Friday's semifinals and Sunday's final will be played at Vert Stadium on High Point's campus.