Meet St. Vincent's Maggie Nelson, who averages more goals than 65 Division III teams
How good is St. Vincent's Maggie Nelson? Well, we'll put it this way, the senior midfielder is averaging more goals individually than 65 Division III teams are collectively this season, through April 15.
Nelson scored her 100th goal of the season in St. Vincent's 17-12 win over Franciscan on Sunday as she became just the 10th member of the exclusive 100-goal club at the Division III level. She has scored double-digit goals in each of her last five games.
Here's a look at Nelson's 100th goal of the season.
Women’s Lacrosse: Maggie Nelson with her 10th goal of the game and 100th of the season. She becomes only the 10th Division III player to achieve that mark. #d3lax #ORLC @NCAALAX @NCAADIII @IWLCA @ohioriverlax @PAC_Athletics @MySaintVincent pic.twitter.com/VFGe3YaEb5— SVC_Bearcats (@SVC_Bearcats) April 15, 2018
Nelson's 100 goals this season gives her a 15-goal cushion over the country's second-most prolific goal scorer, Pfeiffer's Molly O'Friel, who has 85. Only 41 players have more than 50 goals through Sunday.
She's averaging 9.09 goals per season, which would rank 217th in the country in terms of team goals per game out of 281 Division III schools.
The senior isn't just a high-volume goal scorer but she's also efficient. Nelson has posted a .543 shot percentage this season, meaning she averages more than one goal for every two shots.
While Nelson is having a career year, she's no stranger to putting up impressive numbers. She has compiled 323 goals and 115 assists in her career and her goals scored per season has steadily reason each year.