Adrian Bulldogs women’s lacrosse team had a successful weekend. The Bulldogs were able to take forfeit from Fontbonne on April 14 and then powered through Sewanee on April 15, both of which were at home. The squad hammered in 19 goals while only allowing the Tigers to score 13.
The ladies have shown no weakness through their entire season and their record shows. Standing with a 12-2 season with both losses within one goal, AC remain to be a force to be reckoned with.
The Bulldogs started out a little flat against the Sewanee Tigers, but soon picked up the pace of the game.
A contributing factor in Adrian’s win was the fact that they outshot the Tigers 33-25 and also had more saves at 10-6.
“I thought we got off to a rocky start, but we began to work more as a team in the second half increasing the goal differential. The rest of the season should go in our favor. We just have to take one game at a time,” said junior midfielder Cassie Hoyez.
Scoring for the Bulldogs was spread out around the field. Senior midfielder Amanda Lambert, senior midfielder Lindsey Day, and Hoyez all recorded an impressive four goals; junior attack Stacey Birlson, junior attack Olivia Duncan, and sophomore midfielder Hannah Early all knocked in an additional two goals each for the Bulldogs.
The Tigers started the scoring off with Molly Arnold at 28:01 left in the first half. Adrian made no hesitation to answer right back. Senior attack Rachel Johnston, Early, and Lambert retaliated each with a goal making the score 3-1.
As the first half approached the end, Adrian kept hold of their 7-5 lead. Day earned the Bulldogs an additional score with 16 seconds left in the half to cushion their lead to three.
“We started off a little rocky in the first half, but we had a momentum change during halftime. In the second half we figured out how to put shots in the back of the net, and play team defense, which resulted in a win,” said senior goalkeeper Laura Finfrock.
In the second half, Hoyez was quick to score the first goal assisted by Lambert, before Sewanee battled back and began their offensive push. The Tigers scored four unanswered goals in under five minutes tieing the score up at 9-9.
AC really buckled down and pushed through the rest of the game scoring 10 of the next 14 goals.
“We started the game off really slow on Saturday but really pulled it together throughout the rest of the game. We tried really hard to control the pace of the game. Our defense did a very good job of locking out their best attacker which in turn helped us control and win the game,” said Day
Finfrock started the game for the first half after recording six shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Jul Tehovnik substituted for Finfrock in the second half. Tehovnik was almost able to match Finfrock’s save count with five total saves.
The girls will have a week to get ready for their next game, as they will host Carthage on April 21 at 1:00 p.m. and Concordia on April 22, also at 1:00 p.m.
Three games remain in the ladies’ already impressive season before they hope to cater the MWLC tournament. The MWLC tournament will take place on May 4-5 in a location that is to be announced.