Rock crushes the Oilers

SRU women’s lacrosse won by 15 in their home opener

Published by Aidan Treu, Date: March 18, 2024

Slippery Rock women’s lacrosse took down the University of Findlay 20-5 at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium this Wednesday.

The White and Green women’s lacrosse squad has now won both of their first two games by 15. The first instance was an 18-3 victory over D’Youville University in the season opener.

It did not take long for The Rock to take a commanding lead. Camryn Whipple and Lauren Searles both sank shots in the first five minutes with the latter scoring twice.

Just after the midway point of the second quarter, SRU held a 12-1 advantage and by then the clock was already running.

Findlay scored back-to-back goals on two separate occasions, but both were far too late to make a significant difference.

The White and Green’s biggest run of the day from a score differential standpoint was from the 5:20 mark in the first quarter to the 9:27 mark in the third. During that span, they added 10 goals and went from a still manageable four-goal lead to a completely out-of-reach 13-goal lead.

SRU’s scoring came in bunches. Outside of the 10-goal run, they started with four straight goals and scored three straight on two instances in the second half. The Rock also found their way past the goaltender at least four times in every quarter.

Searles found the back of the net six times on seven shots. The attacker scored five goals in the first half alone and added three assists to her line.

The Rock tallied more goals than the Oilers did shots, with Findlay shooting nine times with six on goal. SRU had 26 shots on goal out of 34 shots. Searles led the way with seven while six of her teammates also had multiple shots on goal.

Whipple had the second most with five. The senior added six assists, tying her point total at nine with Searles.

Isabella Buono, Rachel Mahoney, Brooke Wisniewski, Charleigh Rondeau and Maddie Blazey all also totaled multiple shots on goal.

Rondeau helped keep the battle for possession in The Rock’s favor as well with her 10 draw controls, by far the most in the game.

Hailey Ohlsen filled up the stat sheet defensively by creating two turnovers and recovering three ground balls.

Slippery Rock carries a lot of momentum into their second straight home game, a Saturday tilt against Frostburg State University at noon.


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