St. Mary's City, Md. – Sophomore midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) collected her 100th career point as the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team rolled to a 19-4 victory over Capital Athletic Conference newcomer, Southern Virginia University, Saturday afternoon.
Newman finished the soggy, muddy game with a season-best eight points on two goals and a career-best six assists. In just two years as a Seahawk, she has amassed 101 points (63 goals, 38 assists). Newman broke the century mark with her fifth helper of the day and currently leads the team with 24 assists.
The Seahawks (5-5) tallied a season-high 19 goals en route to their fifth win of the year. In all, 11 players scored for St. Mary's while six had multiple-goal performances. Sophomore midfielder Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) notched six points on three goals and a career-high three assists while first-year attacker Brady Wolf (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) added her first career hat trick.
For the second time this season, the St. Mary's defense has held its opponent to just four goals. Sophomore goalie Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) finished the day with just two first-half saves while sophomore attacker Christy Bishop (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) and first-year defender Haley Sieglein (Baltimore, Md./Friends) each had two caused turnovers.
St. Mary's jumped out to a 7-0 advantage 18:40 before back-to-back goals from first-year Claire Houghtaling (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr's Mill) made it a five-goal SMCM lead at 16:15. The Seahawks closed out the half on a 6-0 run for a 13-2 halftime lead.
Houghtaling was Southern Virginia's leading scorer with her two first-half goals while sophomore midfielders Rainey Whitworth (Savannah, Ga./SCAD) and Zoe Bradshaw (Stevensville, Mont./Mt. Ararat) each picked up a goal in the second stanza. First-year Kathryn Lyman (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) made just one stop in the team's sixth straight loss.
Three Seahawk goals started the second half before Bradshaw found the back of the net for her 10th of the season at 14:57. First-year midfielder Ali Moulis (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's County), Wolf, and sophomore attacker Maggie Wagner (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) each scored as St. Mary's ended the game on a 3-1 run.
St. Mary's outshot the Knights, 25-8, and dominated draw controls, 17-8, as Moulis came up with a game- and season-best six draws. The Seahawks won the ground ball battle as well by a 17-12 margin.
The Seahawks will be back in action on Wednesday, April 2nd as they travel to Arlington, Virginia to take on Marymount (Va.) University in conference action at 4:00 p.m.
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