Fredericksburg, Va. – Defense was not the name of the game Wednesday afternoon as the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team and the University of Mary Washington combined for 42 goals in Capital Athletic Conference action. Mary Washington came out on top with the 24-18 decision to move into third in the CAC standings.
First-year midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) and sophomore attacker Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) scored nearly 70% of St. Mary's 18 goals today as the duo joined forces for a dozen scores. Newman found the back of the net a season-best seven times and added two assists while Bishop picked up a career-high five goals. Senior attacker Emily Shafer (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) contributed to the Seahawk offense with six assists and one goal.
Mary Washington (7-6, 3-2 CAC) opened up with a 2-0 lead before a pair of Bishop goals and one from junior defender Sarah Harnish (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) gave St. Mary's its only lead of the game at 23:21. The Eagles responded with three of their own to reclaim a lead that they would never relinquish.
Senior attacker Keller Torrey (Roswell, Ga.) tallied four goals and three assists in the first half in leading UMW to a 13-8 halftime advantage. Torrey finished the game with eight points as she was held to just one goal in the second half. Junior midfielder Jenna Petrucelli (Cranbury, N.J.), however, notched a Mary Washington school record 10 goals as Petrucelli exploded for seven scores in the final 30 minutes.
The Seahawks (5-9, 2-3 CAC) kicked off the second half with a 9-5 run, including scoring five of the half's first seven goals, to pull within 18-17 at 8:45. Petrucelli then took over the game as she rattled off four of the game's final seven goals as the Eagles closed out the contest on a 6-1 run in the final eight minutes.
Both sides were 3-of-4 on free position shots while Mary Washington posted advantages in shots (40-25), draw controls (24-20), and ground balls (23-16).
Senior midfielder Lauren Gray (Edgewater, Md./South River) shared game-high honors with UMW's sophomore defender Melissa Vinall (Annandale, Va.) as each won eight draw controls for their respective sides while first-year defender Lizzie D'Agostaro (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) recorded team-bests of four ground balls and three caused turnovers for the Seahawk defense.
Sophomore Michelle DiMenna (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) picked up three saves and two ground balls in the start for St. Mary's while first-year Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) also had three stops in the final 34 minutes. For Mary Washington, senior Kathryn Stiltz (Marietta, Ga.) and sophomore Taylor Paige (Esmont, Va.) combined for three saves.
St. Mary's will look to turn around its three-game skid this Saturday, April 13 when the Seahawks welcome Frostburg State University to Seahawk Stadium for another CAC tilt at 12:00 pm. Prior to the start of Saturday's game, St. Mary's three seniors – Lauren Gray, Emily Shafer and Amelia Tenberg – will be recognized for their four years of service to the Seahawk women's lacrosse program.
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