GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College junior E’leyna Garcia (Plantation, Fla./Pine Crest Prep) leads the nation with 55 goals on the season according to the latest NCAA Division III statistical rankings. The NCAA’s weekly report includes games through March 24.
Garcia, a 5-10 attacker, also has nine assists on the season, giving her 64 points, a mark that stands second in the country and fifth in school history. Her 55 goals in eight games sits ahead of Nikki Kleiman of Drew University, Jana London of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Ashton Marshall of Christopher Newport University, who share second place with 46 goals. She needs two goals to match the Guilford standard of 57 goals in a season she tied in 2012. The Quakers’ career leader in goals, Garcia also ranks third among Division III’s best with 8.0 points per game and 6.88 goals per game. She is a three-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week (ODAC) this year, also tops in school history.
Garcia isn’t the only Quaker that has factored into Guilford’s best start in school history (7-1). Junior Lily Colley (Wells, Maine/Wells) ranks eighth nationally with 51 points and 16th with 19 assists. She averages 6.38 points per game, which stands 15th in the country. Sophomore Eleanora Keene (Wittman, Md./Gunston Day School) holds the sixth spot in the nation with 8.5 draw controls per game. Her efforts have helped the Quakers land the top spot in team draw controls with 19.63 per contest.
Coach Sarah Lamphier’s club puts its six-game winning streak on the line Wednesday (3/27) at home versus Lynchburg College at 6:00 p.m. The Quakers host Bridgewater College Saturday (3/30) at 3:00 p.m.