Ashland, Va. – Sophomore captain Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) exploded for a career-best seven goals in leading the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team to a convincing 18-10 non-conference win over Randolph-Macon College Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) didn't finish far behind Poffenberger as Newman tallied season-bests of six goals and eight points. Junior attacker Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) also had a multiple-goal day for the Seahawks with two.
St. Mary's (2-3) opened up the game with a 4-0 run, including a pair from Poffenberger, and never looked back. Randolph-Macon (2-2) finally got on the board with two goals in less than four minutes to cut the lead in half at 14:32. The Seahawks closed out the half on a 4-1 run as Newman notched the hat trick for an 8-3 SMCM lead at halftime.
Sophomore attacker Shannon Jamieson (Cypress, Texas/Cypress-Woods) came off the bench to lead the Yellow Jackets in scoring with five goals, including four in the second half, while senior midfielder Audrey Hester (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) added two scores.
The Seahawks put together three scoring runs to stay ahead of Randolph-Macon, including three straight goals to start off the second half and give St. Mary's its biggest lead of eight goals at 23:19. St. Mary's converted four free-position shots over the final 30 minutes with the last one coming off of Newman's stick at 4:23. Jamieson netted back-to-back goals in 26 seconds to get the Yellow Jackets to double-digits.
St. Mary's outshot the Yellow Jackets, 36-25, and edged the host team 18-15 in ground balls as well. Randolph-Macon gained the upper hand in draw controls by a 19-11 margin as sophomore midfielder Jenelle Whitman (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) won eight draws.
Sophomore midfielder Brynn Miller (Frederick, Md./Urbana) paced the Seahawks with five draw controls, four loose ball pickups, and two caused turnovers. As a team, St. Mary's went 5-of-8 on free position shots.
Sophomore goalie Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) made 10 saves and one ground ball pickup for St. Mary's second win of the season while first-years Allie Walker (Lutherville, Md./Mercy) and Jamie Langbein (Olney, Md./Sherwood) split time in goal and combined for 10 stops.
The Seahawks will look to make it three in a row on Wednesday, March 12th when St. Mary's welcomes The Catholic University of America to Seahawk Stadium for a non-conference game at 3:00 p.m.
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