The Rams dropped decisions to Brock and Guelph last weekend in their first two games of their final road trip, and Head Coach Lisa Jordan is looking for a more consistent effort and performance over the full 60 minutes of every game, especially on the defensive end.
"We've started our last two games very well, having a strong first period and then slowly sliding as each game went along," said Jordan. "Every OUA team we face has experience in their favor, and they already know the kind of effort needed to win games in a tough conference, both in their level of training and in their compete level in games. Our players are gaining that experience on the fly, and we've made some tremendous strides, especially with our focus on fitness. Now that we are training at a high performance level, we just want to take another big step forward before our season wraps up."
Captain Kyla Thurston (Ajax, Ont.) leads the Rams with 10 goals and 17 points this season, and Lauren McCusker (Newmarket, Ont.) has tallied 14 points while Melissa Wronzberg (Thornhill, Ont.) leads the team's rookies with six markers and 11 points.
The Mustangs (10-12-0) are in a race for a playoff spot, currently sitting eighth in the league with 20 points. Rookie Stacey Scott is sixth in the league with 25 points, and teammate Katherine Dillon is third in the conference with 16 goals on the year. Kelly Campbell and Olivia Ross have split goalkeeping duties, recording a .933 and .913 save percentage respectively.
The Lancers (10-10-2) are sixth in the league with 22 points, and are led by Courtney Spoors and Candace Rapchak, who have each tallied 23 points so far this season. Karlyle Robinson is garnering a .911 save-percentage and holds a 6-5 record in 11 games played for the Lancers this year.
The Rams have been rotating the goaltending tandem of Dana Carson (London, Ont.) and Emma Crawley (Herring Cove, N.S.) over the last few weekends, looking for one or the other to establish herself as the team's number one. Crawley leads the OUA with 513 total saves, while Carson has shown some promise over the month of January.
"We know Emma's gotten more technical coaching in her background, and could develop into a solid OUA goalie over time," said Jordan. "Dana has also been a pleasant surprise as of late. Both will get an opportunity to start again this weekend and I am looking forward to seeing them both bring their best in helping us take that next step forward."
Ryerson will do battle with Western on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., and will head to Windsor for another late afternoon match-up at 4:10 p.m. on Sunday.