April 20, 2013

St. Mary's Women's Lacrosse Clinches No. 4 Seed

St. Mary's City, Md. – Senior midfielder Amelia Tenberg's (Manchester, Md./Hereford) career day carried the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team to a 19-13 Capital Athletic Conference victory over the Marymount (Va.) University Saints Saturday afternoon.

Today's game determined the final two seeds in the 2013 CAC Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament, which begins Tuesday, April 23 with first round action. With the win, the Seahawks (7-9, 3-3 CAC) clinched the fourth seed while Marymount (7-7, 2-4 CAC) finished as the No. 5 seed. St. Mary's and Marymount will see each other in three days time as the Seahawks hosts Marymount in a first round game at 4:00 pm.

Tenberg unleashed for a double hat trick – a career-high six goals – while sophomore attacker Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) and midfielders Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) and Lauren Gray (Edgewater, Md./South River) all tallied five points each. Bishop scored four goals and an assist, Newman added a hat trick and two assists, while Gray chipped in a goal and four helpers.

The Seahawks came roaring out the gates as St. Mary's scored six of the game's first seven goals to stake a 6-1 lead at 20:47. Tenberg netted two in the run while senior attacker Emily Shafer (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) dished two of her four assists. Marymount closed the gap to 7-3 at 15:07 as sophomore attacker Taylor Johnson (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern) and junior Chelsea Ritter (Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop McNicholas) both found the back of the net for the Saints.

St. Mary's then used a 5-2 run to stretch its advantage to 12-5 at 5:02 as Tenberg struck three more times. Johnson and first-year midfielder Stephanie Keane (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Oceanside) made it a five-goal Saint deficit at halftime with a pair of goals in the final 3:26, including a free position goal with 42 seconds left in the first half.

Johnson finished the game as Marymount's leading scorer with five goals while Ritter and sophomore midfielder Molly Maher (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) each added two goals and an assist. The Saints dominated draw controls with a 21-13 advantage, including winning the first five, as senior midfielder Stephanie Flood (Westborough, Mass./Westborough), who chipped in a goal and an assists, came up with a game-high eight draw controls.

Marymount opened up the second half with two straight goals before the Seahawks notched four of the next five scores to boast a 17-10 margin at 17:42. The Saints rattled three consecutive goals to pull within four at 13:33 but St. Mary's added a pair of insurance goals at 7:38 and 2:54, cutting Marymount's rally short.

The Seahawks nearly doubled up Marymount in shots, 41-21, while holding a 26-20 edge in ground balls as four different St. Mary's players scooped up four apiece.

Sophomore Michelle DiMenna (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) turned away five shots and had two ground balls in 53 minutes of action while junior Kiki Niebuhr (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) picked up 15 stops in 53 minutes between the pipes for the Saints.

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