Mc­Don­ald’s hat trick sends UMBC past VCU

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - COLLEGE LACROSSE -

Lau­ren Mc­Don­ald (Ca­tonsville) scored a hat trick and UMBC women’s lacrosse team won 11-8 over host Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Satur­day.

The game was de­layed 11⁄2 hours be­cause of weather. The Retriev­ers im­proved to 2-0 and the Rams fell to 0-1.

The Retriev­ers took an early 5-0 lead with 12:41 re­main­ing in the first half, as Mc­Don­ald scored twice, once off an as­sist from Lilly Kennedy (Mar­riotts Ridge), along with Grayson Cor­bett (Wilde Lake), Zoë Pekins (Ham­mond), and Pay­ton Van Kirk.

The Rams stopped the run at the 11:46 mark, bring­ing the score to 5-1 be­fore Cather­ine Sims (Howard) added an­other tally off a feed from Kennedy. VCU added an­other two be­fore half­time to cut the deficit to 6-3.

Out of the break, the Rams scored just 17 sec­onds into the pe­riod to close the Retriev­ers’ lead to 6-4. VCU would add a sec­ond goal ten min­utes later to cut the lead down to 6-5.

Kennedy gave UMBC a lit­tle breath­ing room as she found the net at the 16:47 mark be­fore VCU added an­other goal to close the gap back down to 7-6.

Mc­Don­ald and Van Kirk each scored again, thanks to as­sists from fresh­man Rachel Rid­g­ley (Franklin), be­fore Pekins added one more to ex­tend UMBC’s lead to 10-6 with 8:34 re­main­ing to play.

VCU ended UMBC’s scor­ing run with 6:35 on the clock. Sims would score her sec­ond of the game with 1:46 left to play to give the Retriev­ers the 11-7 lead be­fore the Rams scored with just three sec­onds re­main­ing.

SAL­IS­BURY 14, STEVEN­SON 6: Emma Skoglund had a hat trick to lead the host Sea Gulls (1-0) past the Mus­tangs (0-1). Sal­is­bury opened with a 5-0 run and cruised. Carly Bowes scored twice for Steven­son.

GE­ORGE­TOWN 10, NO. 15 TOW­SON 7: The host Hoyas (2-0) scored five goals per half and beat the Tigers (0-2). Carly Tellekamp, Kaitlin Thorn­ton and Natalie Sul­monte each scored twice for Tow­son. Taylor Geb­hardt had a hat trick for Ge­orge­town, which scored three goals over the fi­nal three min­utes to win.

Na­tion

NO. 1 BOS­TON COL­LEGE 14, NO. 11 SYRA­CUSE 12: Sam Apuzzo scored seven goals and be­came the Ea­gles’ all-time goal leader with 199 goals as B.C. (2-0, 1-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) beat the Orange (2-1, 0-1). Lau­ren Daley made a ca­reer-best 12 saves for the Ea­gles.

Syra­cuse used a 6-1 run to take a 7-2 lead with 8:10 left in the first half. Apuzzo scored the first two goals of a 4-0 run to cut the lead to 7-6. Af­ter the Orange took an 8-6 lead, B.C. scored the next five and never trailed again.

NO. 8 PRINCE­TON 16, TEM­PLE 7: Tigers coach Chris Sailer earned her 400th ca­reer coach­ing vic­tory. Tess D’Orsi scored six goals, Sam Fish made 11 saves and El­iz­a­beth George (McDonogh) had two goals and two as­sists to reach 100 ca­reer points for host Prince­ton (1-0). The Owls fell to 1-2.

NO. 10 PENN STATE 15, LE­HIGH 5: Lau­ren Craft had two goals and two as­sists to lead the host Nit­tany Lions (2-0) past the Moun­tain Hawks (0-2). Other two goal scor­ers for Penn State included: Kelly Daggett, De­laney Mul­doon, Quinn Ni­co­lai and Sophia Triandafil­s.

NO. 20 COLORADO 17, NO. 12 VIR­GINIA TECH 6: Sa­man­tha Nemirov scored five goals and Miranda Stin­son had four goals to lead the visit­ing Buf­faloes (1-1) past the Hok­ies (1-2).

Colorado lost its opener, 16-9, to then No. 6 Flor­dia on Feb. 9.

“We knew this was go­ing to be a tough game for us and we needed to improve on our ef­fort from last week­end,” Colorado coach Ann El­liott Whid­den said. “I thought we played with more pur­pose and ag­gres­sive­ness to­day. I was pleased with that and we need to con­tinue that to be suc­cess­ful this com­ing week­end at home.”

NO. 13 PENN 15, DELAWARE 4: Erin Barry scored four goals and Zoe Belodeau had three goals to lead the Quak­ers (1-0) past the host Blue Hens (1-1). Penn opened with a 4-0 run and never trailed.

NO. 14 VIR­GINIA 11, ELON 4: Ash­lyn McGovern (St. Paul’s) had a hat trick and Char­lie Camp­bell made five saves to lead the visit­ing Cava­liers (2-0) past the Phoenix (1-1). Mae McG­lynn scored three of the four goals for Elon.

“This was an im­por­tant win to pick up here on the road, play­ing in some nasty and re­ally crummy conditions. The girls did enough to come out with a pretty de­ci­sive win,” said Vir­ginia coach Julie My­ers. “There were some ex­am­ples of things that we need to work on and things we need to get bet­ter at mov­ing for­ward, but we are in a de­cent spot and I know it is only go­ing to get bet­ter.”

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