KINGS POINT, N.Y. (March 26, 2019) – Senior Maura Malone (Yorktown, Va.) became the third player in USMMA women's lacrosse history to reach the 100-point plateau on Tuesday and the Mariners used a five-goal explosion late to defeat visiting arch-rival Coast Guard, 11-6, on Tuesday night at Brooks Stadium. The victory keeps the Mariners undefeated at 6-0, while the Bears fall to 1-7.
The Mariners jumped out to a 2-0 lead early on back-to-back tallies just 41 seconds apart by seniors Meredith Willard (Portland, Maine) and Jessica Reilly (Sayville, N.Y.). The Bears took over momentum, however, scoring the next four goals, forcing Merchant Marine to burn a timeout exactly 10 minutes into action.
Willard got one back for the Mariners just over three minutes later and then the scoring halted for nearly eight minutes before freshman Jessie Wohner (Norfolk, Va.) scored her first of a game-high six goals at 8:59 to tie it up at 4-4.
Coast Guard answered right away to take the lead once again, but Wohner found the back of the net again at 2:08 to close out the scoring in the half with the game tied at 5-5.
Wohner picked up her hat-trick goal under a minute into the second half to give USMMA its first lead of the night. The Bears responded to tie it up at 6-6 at 27:46, but then it was all Mariners the rest of the way, as they scored five-straight to end the night, including Malone's milestone tally at 11:18 that made it 9-6.
Wohner, Willard (three goals) and Reilly (one goal, one assist) all had multi-point nights for the Mariners, while junior Grace McHugh (Sturbridge, Mass.) got on the scoresheet with an assist on Malone's goal. Reilly also secured a game-high eight draw controls, and led all players with four caused turnovers. Sophomore Kelly Midas (Clarksville, Md.) gobbled up a team-high five groundballs and freshman Maddie Schmidt (Mechanicsville, Va.) picked up three while also causing two Bear turnovers.
Between the pipes, senior Hannah Gizzi (Finksburg, Md.) made five saves to record the victory.
For Coast Guard, sophomore Haley Howard scored three times and three other Bears also found the twine. Howard also secured a team-high four draw controls. Freshman Maddie Rizzuto had a multi-point night with a goal and one assist, while senior Leah Llewellyn led all players with six groundballs and had a team-best three caused turnovers. In net, sophomore Mary Budri suffered the loss despite an 11-save effort.
Up next, the Mariners will travel down to the Philadelphia area this Saturday, March 30, for a non-conference contest against Eastern University at 11 a.m. It will be their final tune-up before Skyline play starts next week. Live stats and a live video feed of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Women's Lacrosse Schedule Page.
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