ST. MARY’S CITY, MD – The Women’s Lacrosse Program went toe to toe with the Shorewomen of Washington College Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference matchup. The St. Mary’s defense came up big today by forcing the Shorewomen, who were ranked 24th in the Nation last week, to run out the shot clock three times in the first half. Nancy Slaughter stepped in the net for the Seahawks, filling in for teammate Maddie Clemmer. Slaughter recorded nine saves in today’s success.
How it Happened
- The Shorewomen got the jump on the Seahawks in the first period, out scoring the Hawks (4-5) in the opening 15 minutes. Despite taking the early lead, the match was never more than one point apart, each team scoring right after the other. Colin Horton, Hailey Betch, Kelly Emge and Lucy Gussio each notched a point for the Seahawks in the first quarter. St. Mary’s defense kept the first quarter a one point game by blocking out Washington College twice in the first period. The Seahawks forced the Shorewomen to run out the 90 second shot clock, causing the two clock violations. Nancy Slaughter tallied five saves in the net for the Seahawks, the most she would record in one period across the match.
- The Seahawks dominated in the second quarter, controlling eight of the 12 ground balls, scoring eight goals to Washington College’s three and out-shooting the Shorewomen 12 to six. Colin Horton opened the scoring in the second period, tying the Seahawks with the Shorewomen, Teammates Bella Dunigan and MC Mortimer quickly followed behind Horton, each with a goal of their own to secure the lead. Washington College was able to make it a one gola game again just one minute after Mortimer scored, but the Seahawks wouldn’t let that last long. Lucy Gussio, Colin Horton and Lily Davison all scored to put the Seahawks at a four goal lead with four minutes remaining before the half. After Lucy Gussio had recorded her point, the Seahawks defense denied the Shorewomen any opportunity to try to score and caused their third clock violation of the game. Lily Davison and Lucy Gussio scored again for the Hawks before letting time expire to hold their four goal lead going into halftime (12-8).
- Hailey Betch and Colin Horton put the Seahawks up another two points in the first two minutes of the third quarter. However the Shorewomen made a comeback against the Hawks, scoring seven unanswered points against the Seahawks; taking the lead and making it a one point match yet again. With four minutes left in play, the Seahawks soared to a five point lead with goals from Lucy Gussio, Kelly Emge, Colin Horton and Bella Dunigan (15-20).
- The Seahawks put up four more goals in the final 15 minutes of play to record their highest scoring game of the season. Lucy Gussio scored twice while teammates Hailey Betch and Madison Lane each capitalized once. Madison Lane scored with just 30 seconds left in the game to record her first goal of the season (18-24).
Inside the Box Score
- Three Seahawks now have scored goals in the double digits. Lucy Gussio scored seven goals today, bringing her season total to 26 goals so far. Colin Horton follows close behind with 20 goals. Kelly Emge rounds out the top three scorers with 12 goals.
- The Seahawks caused five of the 14 turnovers Washington College gave up today. MC Mortimer caused three herself.
- St. Mary’s ripped 46 shots today against Washington College, beating their previous highest by eight shots.
The Seahawks host their first United East conference match of the season on March 23rd. The Hawks will face off against the Lancaster Bible Chargers in JLR Stadium at 4pm.