St. Lawrence University's women's lacrosse underclassmen Kiera Taussig and Abigail Owens each scored hat tricks on Saturday in Schenectady, NY against Union College. Though the Saints owned a two-goal lead in the second half, the Dutchwomen scored 10 of the next 12 goals to pull away for a 17-12 Liberty League victory.
Union (3-3, 2-0) was led by Ciara Dudeck's five-goal outing, while Emily McGrail and Haley Gould each scored four times for the home team. Jen Hughes finished with eight saves for the Dutchwomen, one more than St. Lawrence netminder Addie Cunningham. Taussig played a well-rounded game for the Saints (2-5, 0-2) as she finished with team-highs in ground balls (3), caused turnovers (3) and draw controls (4).
Caroline Bailey, Chloe Knapp and Hannah Calvelli each added two goals each for the visitors, who were outshot by Union 25-22 and lost the ground ball battle 15-10.
Bailey opened the game's scoring for a 1-0 St. Lawrence lead, but Union responded with three goals in a one minute span to take a 3-1 lead. The Dutchwomen grew their lead to 6-2 with 13:57 remaining on goals by Gould and McGrail, but the Saints rallied to tie the game at intermission by scoring four straight. Owens made it 6-3 before Calvelli and Taussig scored only 1:01 apart to make it a one-goal game. Owens then capped the first half scoring with 2:48 left to knot the contest at 6-6.
After the two teams exchanged goals to start the second half, the Saints opened their largest lead at 9-7 on unassisted goals by Taussig and Knapp only 18 seconds apart. Needing a rally, Union turned to Dudeck who responded with a hat trick in an 8:00 minute span as the Dutchwomen rallied with six straight goals to take a 13-9 lead with 14:07 left. Jecqueline Hagopian, McGrail and Gould also scored during the game-changing run.
St. Lawrence pulled to within three twice on goals from Bailey and Knapp, but the Dutchwomen pulled away with three straight goals in the final minutes to up the advantage to 17-11. Taussig capped the game scoring with 13 seconds left to bring the contest to its final count, 17-12.
The Saints will look to earn their first Liberty League win of the season next Friday, April 4 when they host RIT in the 2014 home opener at Hall-Leet Stadium. The game is scheduled to start at 4:00pm.