April 2, 2014

Seahawk Women's Lacrosse Remains Undefeated in CAC Action

Arlington, Va. – Four players with multiple-point games kept the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team perfect in Capital Athletic Conference play as the Seahawks posted a 14-10 road win over Marymount (Va.) University Wednesday afternoon for their second straight win.

Sophomore midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) paced the St. Mary's attack with four goals and two assists while junior attacker Christy Bishop (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) and sophomore midfielder Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) each collected a hat trick.

Marymount (5-4, 1-2 CAC) opened up with a 2-1 lead at 23:34 before the Seahawks (6-5, 2-0 CAC) reeled off five goals in a row to take over the lead by a four-goal margin at 13:43 as five different players scored in the run. The Saints closed the gap to 6-4 at 1:56 but St. Mary's answered back with two goals in a 27-second span in the final 41 seconds of the half for an 8-4 halftime advantage.

Junior attacker Jacki Belker (York, Pa.) tallied five points on two goals and three assists to lead Marymount while fellow classmate Taylor Johnson (Voorhees, N.J.) contributed a hat trick and a helper.

The Saints struck first to start the second half but St. Mary's notched three in a row to build an 11-5 lead at 16:56. Marymount tallied three of its own in a span of 1:51 to cut the deficit in half. Newman, Bishop, and Poffenberger all found the back of the net to return a six-goal cushion to the Seahawks at 5:12. Belker had a goal and an assist in the final 1:39 of the game for the 14-10 final.

St. Mary's edged the Saints, 25-24, in shots while winning the ground ball battle by a 16-10 margin. However, Marymount controlled the draws, 16-10, as midfielders Molly Maher (Zionsville, Ind.) and Natalie Tinkham (Cockeysville, Md.) each picked up four draws.

Poffenberger grabbed a game-best four ground balls while sophomore goalie Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) finished the day with eight saves, including six in the second half.

Sophomore Tylar Abrams (Laurel, Md.) had one save and six goals against in 19 minutes while senior Kiki Niebuhr (Westminster, Md.) finished out the game with five stops.

The Seahawks will look to make it three in a row on Saturday, April 5th as St. Mary's travels to Dover, Delaware to face Wesley College in another CAC tilt at 3:00 p.m.

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