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Lobos Close Home Schedule with Wyoming Sunday

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M— With two MW matches remaining on the schedule, the Lobos close out their home schedule on Sunday against Wyoming at 1:30 p.m. on the Mountain West Network.

UNM currently sits at 5-5-5 overall, 2-4-3 in conference and is tied with UNLV, Fresno State and Colorado College in sixth with 9 points. On the other side of the field, Wyoming is 6-7-4 overall and 2-6-1 in the MW.

Historically, the Lobos have fared well against the Cowgirls, facing Wyoming 35 times and holds a 20-9-6 advantage in the series, 9-5-2 at home. The Lobos have won five of the last six meetings and carry a six-match unbeaten streak into the contest.

The Lobos are 6-2-2 and have outscored the Cowgirls 19-12 under Coach Heather Dyche, and overall, UNM has outscored Wyoming 53-35 and 14-4 in the last six matches.

UNM has used the same lineup in the last four matches, the first time repeating a lineup in consecutive matches this season. The Lobos have used this combination a total of five times this season.

The Lobos have started three freshmen this season in Jenkins, Brady and N. Anderson, with Jenkins starting 13 matches and playing 90 minutes in the last three matches, seven of the last nine matches and eight times this season. Anderson has started the last four matches. Jenkins has played the fourth-most minutes this season at 1208.

Alli Davis, Natalie DeGagne, Paige Satterlee and Myah Isais have started all 15 matches.

Lobo forward Sophia Roberts has come on of late, scoring three goals in October and is second on the team with six points this month.

Seven of Roberts’ nine shots in the month have been on goal and the Lobo is averaging 1.50 shots and 1.0 point per match. She had four shots on goal against Boise State.

Roberts has started all six matches this month and has played 424 minutes. On the season, the Albuquerque native has started 14 matches, played 961 minutes and is tied for the team lead in goals with three and is tied for second on the team in total points with six. Her six points doubles her point total from last season (three points on one goal and one assist).

In her two seasons at UNM, Roberts has started in all but one match (the USD match this season).

Paris Dalton leads the team with nine points and is tied for the team lead with three goals and three assists, while recording points in three of the last four matches. She has scored in back-to-back matches and added an assist against Boise State. Seven of her points have come in the month of October (three goals and one assist).

Dalton has recorded three or more shots in four of the last five matches with a career-high five shots against the Rebels and a career-high three shots on goal against the Broncos while playing a career-high 90 minutes.

This season, Dalton has started each of the last 13 matches and has played a total of 1068 minutes. The Lobo has set career bests in points (nine), shots (28), shots on goal (12) and minutes played. For comparison, in her previous four years, she’s had six points (all coming on assists), 17 shots and nine shots on goal.

The Lobos have recorded 17 or more shots eight times this season with a season-high 24 in the match against Colorado College on Sept. 28. UNM had 23 in the match against Boise State.

UNM had 17 against Colorado and San José State, 18 at San Diego and UNLV and 19 against Northern Arizona and Cal State Fullerton. UNM had 16 against Colorado State, 15 against NMSU, 14 against Fresno State, 13 at Nevada and 11 against Air Force giving the Lobos 10+ in the last 14 matches.

Of those, 11 were on goal against Colorado College, nine were on goal against UNLV, Boise State, Cal State Fullerton and NMSU and eight were on goal at San Diego.

UNM has had the advantage in shots in 10 matches (19/9 vs. NAU, 19/10 vs. CSF, 18/7 vs. USD, 15/8 vs. NMSU, 17/15 at SJSU, 14/7 at FS, 24/10 vs. CC and 14/10 vs. USU, 23/13 vs. BSU, 16/11 vs. CSU) and in shots on goal in six of the last eight and nine matches this season (9/2 vs. CSF, 8/6 at USD, 9/6 vs. NMSU, 4/2 at FS, 11/5 vs. CC, 7/4 vs. AF, 6/4 vs. USU, 9/6 vs. BSU, 9/5 at UNLV).

The Lobos lead the MW in overall shots per match at 16.07, and is third in MW matches at 16.67 shots per match and in total shots at 150.

Natalie DeGagne leads UNM with 15 shots on goal and with 39 shots. DeGagne had a career-high 10 shots and career-high four shots on goal against CC.

DeGagne is third in shots per match in MW matches with 3.0 and in total shots at 27. Her 2.60 shots per match on the season is tied for fourth among MW players and her 39 shots is tied for fifth. Paris Dalton is tied for 10th in shots per match at 2.44 in MW matches.