Twelve different players scored goals for the St. Lawrence University women's lacrosse team on Friday afternoon, including a game-high four goals from rookie Kara Hurley, as the Saints defeated Bard College by the score of 21-4 at Hall-Leet Stadium in Canton, NY.
The Saints improve to 6-6 overall and 4-2 in Liberty League play after finishing with a 35-14 advantage in shots and a 15-of-17 mark in clears. The Raptors fall to 3-9 (0-6) after falling behind 14-3 at halftime.
"We came out and asserted ourselves early and took control, which allowed us to get some of our younger players some valuable experience," said St. Lawrence head coach Jodi Canfield. "We were solid in transition throughout the game, and we'll need more of that tomorrow in a big game with Vassar."
Julia Mitiguy played an outstanding all-around game for the home team with three goals, and team highs in both draw controls (4) and caused turnovers (3). Kiera Taussig, Caroline Bailey, Abigail Horan and Jill Carlton each had two goals for St. Lawrence while Hayden Stein recorded two assists.
Addie Cunningham, Greta White and Cricket Wemyss combined for nine saves for St. Lawrence, including five for White who played the majority of the game in net. Winta Mehari made nine saves for Bard.
Caroline Bailey opened the scoring only 32 seconds into regulation, putting the Saints ahead 1-0 until Victoria Fleisher tied it at 1-1 a mere 2:11 later. Unfortunately for Bard, the goal only ramped up the home team's attack, which rattled off seven straight goals to make it an 8-1 game with 18:58 left in the first half. The Raptors' defense could do little to keep the Saints away from Mehari's crease, as the point-blank shots found the netting nearly every attempt.
Joanna Regan stopped the skid with a goal for Bard to make it 8-2, but the Saints answered with six more tallies in the final 16 minutes of the half to stretch the lead to 14-3.
With the rout on, Coach Canfield opted to keep all of her starters on the bench in the second half, allowing mostly sophomores and first-years to play. Hurley made the most of her time with a hat trick in the period, while Mitiguy, Tori Smith, Carlton and Emma Garfield also added tallies in the period. Lizzy Chemel scored the only goal of the second half for Bard in the 21-4 defeat.
St. Lawrence will face a stiffer test tomorrow against the Vassar College Brewers in a game with serious playoff implications. The contest, which will begin at 2:00pm, will be the final for six St. Lawrence players who will be celebrating "Senior Day."