In their previous two games, the University of Mary Washington women’s lacrosse team has exerted their dominance and have risen to 13th in the nation. They finished off their regular season schedule by defeating Marymount 20-6 and Guilford College 21-3.
In the first game against Marymount, the Eagles offense exploded. In the first half they put an unreal 24 shots on goal, 12 of which hit the net. Senior Catherine Kennedy had a hot stick, scoring five of her six goals in the first 20 minutes of play. Junior Keller Torrey set up several of the goals; she finished the game with six assists to three different players. Senior Lauren Collison also contributed five goals.
Several underclassmen gained experience in the game highlighted by two goals by freshman Emily Atkinson while freshman Corinne Wiederkehr added two assists.
On the defensive side of the ball, the squad was equally strong. The team let up just six goals only 14 shots. Junior goalkeepers Kathryn Stiltz freshman goalkeeper Taylor Paige had two saves apiece.
The win against Marymount solidified the postseason tournament for the Eagles. They will enter ranked third in the conference and will take on the Saints again in the first round of the tournament this Saturday looking for similar results.
If the team beats Marymount they will take on second ranked York College of Pa., one of their three losses on the season.
On Sunday the Eagles did equally well against Guilford College. This time around different players stepped up to bring another commanding win. Kennedy, Wiederkehr, Torrey and Callison all had three goals. Kimmelman, who had two goals the previous game, connected for six assists on the day.
The defense wasn’t generous; they put the Quakers in a scoring drought for more than for more 30 minutes. The opposition scored one goal with 24 minutes left in the first half and didn’t score again until there was 9:48 left in the game. Stiltz and Paige split time in goal again, both recording a save.
Regardless, the game was a blowout but Guilford was by no means a weak team. The Quakers are currently ranked second in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
The two wins this past weekend were a good boost in confidence for the team. They also were able to iron out any flaws in the Eagles’ offensive and defensive units.
They play Christopher Newport University today at the Battlegrounds at 4:00 p.m.
If the Eagles play the same way they have against their last two opponents, they should be able to match the Captains intensity who are currently first in the Big South Conference. UMW and CNU will be familiar opponents in the future, as CNU will be added to the Capital Athletic Conference in 2013.