St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team rolled past Goucher College, 18-5, in non-conference action Saturday afternoon. Five different Seahawks scored at least two goals in the rout.
Sophomore midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) led all scorers with seven points on four goals and three assists while fellow classmate Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) added five points on four goals and an assist.
First-year attacker Meg Gesner (Baltimore, Md./Severn School) collected her first career hat trick with three goals and one assist while junior attacker Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) added her second consecutive hat trick. Sophomore midfielder Ashley Lawrence (Annapolis, Md./Spalding) joined the scoring with a pair of scores.
St. Mary's (3-4) opened up with three straight for a 3-0 lead at 24:40 before Goucher (4-4) responded with three of its own for a 3-3 deadlock at 20:19. The Seahawks took over from there and reeled off five in a row for an 8-3 advantage at 3:39. Senior midfielder Erin Reifsnyder (Austin, Texas/St. Andrew's) stopped the bleeding for the Gophers with an unassisted goal at 3:15.
The Seahawks added two more, including Poffenberger's free position goal with 18 seconds left in the half, for a 10-4 lead at intermission. Bishop scored all three of her goals in the first half while Poffenberger finished the first 30 minutes with a hat trick as well.
Reifsnyder paced Goucher with two goals and two caused turnovers while midfielders Megan Meluskey (Wilmington, Del./Concord), Anneke Ossorio (Lafayette, Colo./Kent Denver), and Hannah Mae Brown (Pinedale, Wyo./Dunn [Calif.]) all scored once.
St. Mary's netted eight straight in the second stanza and were 22 seconds away from holding the Gophers scoreless in the second half before Reifsnyder struck again for her team-leading 23rd goal of the season.
The Seahawks outshot Goucher, 29-18, and won the ground ball battle, 17-11, while the Gophers edged the home team, 13-12 in draw controls. Sophomore midfielder Claire McGagh (Baltimore, Md./Friends) paced St. Mary's with four ground balls and two caused turnovers while Brown gave her team the edge in draws with a game-bet six.
Sophomore goalie Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) made 10 saves and picked up four while junior Emily Gill (White Hall, Md./North Harford) turned away nine shots, including seven in the second half.
The Seahawks will return to action on Saturday, March 22nd when St. Mary's travels to Newport News, Virginia to take on Capital Athletic Conference, newcomer, Christopher Newport University, at 1:00 p.m.
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