Lacrosse scores 22 goals, wins third consecutive match

Madeline Williams, Assistant Sports Editor
April 20, 2012

The Slippery Rock University women’s lacrosse team won its third consecutive game on Sunday with a 22-13 victory over Shepherd University.

The Rock went on an 8-0 run midway through the first period to score a season-high 17 goals in the first half.

SRU improved to 8-4 overall and 4-4 in league play with the non-conference win. Shepherd dropped to 10-4 overall.

Head coach Emily Hopkins said that the team meshed well on Sunday.

“Shepherd was important because we were really clicking on the offensive end as well as in transition,” Hopkins said.

The Green and White had a 41-24 total shot advantage, 33-18 in shots on goal, 26-18 in ground balls, and a 25-11 advantage in draw controls.

Senior Amy Halls led the Rock with a game-high six points on three goals and three assists. Halls leads the team in scoring with 39 points this season.

Junior Holly Webb scored four goals and had one assist and sophomore Morgan Pettit tallied three goals and handed out two assists to finish the game with five points apiece.

Sophomore Lauren Laubach added a goal and had passed out a game-high four assists and had an impressive nine draw controls.

Seniors Emma VanDenburg and Casey Quinn each finished the game with three goals and one assist each. Freshman Katie Cook scored two goals and sophomore Brittany Jaillet scored one goal and had one assist to wrap up the multi-point scorers for the Rock.

Senior Katie Roof and freshman Lydia Heishman each tallied one goal apiece.

Junior goalie Natalie Crenshaw earned the win after recording three saves and allowing nine goals in the 45 minutes that she played. Freshman Elizabeth Byrne came in to play the final 15 minutes, allowing four goals and recording two saves.

Crenshaw believes that the team has the talent and skill to finish the season strong and make it to playoffs.

“I think the only obstacle that stands in our way is ourselves,” Crenshaw said. “We need to keep our intensity up and finish out the season strong and we’ll reach our goals.”

The Rock will take on East Stroudsburg University today and Bloomsburg University tomorrow for two crucial PSAC matchups.

Halls said that the team has been working hard during practice this week in preparation for this weekend.

“We had two tough days of practice this week where we focused on specifics for offense and defense,” Halls said. “The team is really pumped up for this coming weekend. They’re both huge games and as long as we stick together, we believe that we can continue on our quest for playoffs.”

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