Newport News, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team began Capital Athletic Conference play with a 10-7 road win over CAC newcomer, Christopher Newport University, Saturday afternoon to extend their win streak to two.
Junior attacker Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) commanded the offense for St. Mary's as Bishop matched her career-best with five goals for her third straight hat trick and fourth on the season. Sophomore midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) tallied a game-best six points on three goals and three assists.
Christopher Newport (5-4) struck first but then Bishop and Newman each scored for a 2-1 Seahawk lead at 22:39. The Captains responded with two of their own before Newman tallied back-to-back goals in a 3-0 run for a 5-3 advantage at 3:22. CNU's first-year midfielder Erin Callahan (Vienna, Va.) closed the gap to one with 2:53 left in the half.
Three Captains finished the game with three points each as senior attacker Ashton Marshall (Round Hill, Va.) notched a hat trick, sophomore Kylie Chaplin (Oak Hill, Va.) added two goals and an assist, and senior attacker Jessica Singer (Herndon, Va.) put up a goal and two helpers.
Bishop scored twice in the first six minutes of the second half to stretch the St. Mary's lead to 7-4 at 24:00. The two sides then traded goals for the remainder of the game and the Captains could never get any closer than a two-goal margin. First-year attacker Abbey Harrison (Easton, Md./Easton) got it back to a three-goal lead with her 17th goal of the season at 1:53.
CNU won the ensuing draw and went down for a shot that sophomore goalie Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) turned away at 1:34. St. Mary's notched a good clear but then alternating turnovers ate up the clock for the Captains.
St. Mary's outshot the hosts, 24-17, and edged them, 17-16 in ground balls as four Seahawks each picked up three ground balls. SMCM also posted a 10-9 margin in draw controls as sophomore Brynn Miller (Frederick, Md./Urbana) won a career-best five.
Dunn finished the game with nine saves and three ground balls while sophomore Hanna Slough (Henrico, Va.) also denied nine shots and added two ground balls and one caused turnover.
The Seahawks will be back at it on Tuesday, March 25th when St. Mary's welcomes Washington College to Seahawk Stadium for a non-conference game at 4:00 p.m. The game was rescheduled from March 5th due to snow.
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