The St. Lawrence University women's lacrosse team opened its spring break trip to West Palm Beach, FL in style on Monday, as 14 different Saints scored goals en route to a 20-9 victory over Ohio Wesleyan. Senior captain Brigid Hurley paved the way with four goals, while Holly Noyes, Blythe Crasto and Caroline Bailey each scored twice.
The Saints improve to 1-1 on the year after outscoring the Battling Bishops (1-3) 15-5 in the first half. The Scarlet and Brown also finished with a 31-22 advantage in shots and a 16-for-18 mark in clears. St. Lawrence goaltenders Adden Cunningham and Greta White combined for 11 saves to solidify the win.
"I thought we played really well tonight, especially in our transition game which was nearly flawless," said St. Lawrence head coach Jodi Canfield. "We played at a high level and are looking forward to playing again on Wednesday."
Though Meredith Wholley scored for Ohio Wesleyan only :46 seconds into the game, the Saints would score nine of the next 10 goals to open up a 9-2 lead midway through the half. Hurley scored all four of her goals in that stretch, while Noyes added two and Michaela Maybee, Hannah Calvelli and Stephanie O'Rourke added one each to give their team separation.
Ohio Wesleyan would scatter three goals over the final 16:35, only to be outdone by six more St. Lawrence goals as the Saints went to intermissions up 15-5. Crasto and Bailey both scored their two tallies, while Chloe Knapp and Mackenzie Collins got on the scoresheet before halftime.
St. Lawrence would extend their lead to as many as 12 goals in the second half thanks to goals by Abigail Horan, Jill Carlton, Abigail Owens, Lanie Homet and Charlotte Reilly. The consistent offense was simply too much for Ohio Wesleyan, which fell by the 20-9 final.
Carly VanTassel had a pair of assists for the Saints, while Horan, Joey Kelley, Knapp and Owens each had one. Kelley also closed with a team-high four draw controls, while Noyes had a team-best four ground balls.
Cunningham picked up the win with four saves in the first half, while White made seven saves during the second half to ensure the victory. Daylin Stevens suffered the loss in net for Ohio Wesleyan after a three-save performance.
The Saints will be in action again on Wednesday at 11:00am in West Palm Beach against Keene State.