Marywood Cruises Past Randolph in Season Opener

Lynchburg, VA Marywood University's women's lacrosse team opened their 2010 season with a convincing 21-8 win over Randolph College in non-conference action on Monday evening as the Pacers set a new program record for goals in a game. Taylor McKeown scored seven goals to lead Marywood, who had four players record hat tricks and six players register multiple-point games.

Marywood opened the scoring just under 10 minutes into Monday's contest when Kelly Kuzicki (Vernon, NJ) scored off an assist from Jennifer Silvestri (Warwick, NY). Silvestri won the ensuing draw and set-up McKeown (Nashua, NH) moments later as the Pacers doubled their lead at 2-0. Marywood would stretch their lead to 7-0 with 15:59 left in the half as Kuzicki completed her hat-trick with two more goals and McKeown, Sarah Collins (Brooklyn, NY), and Kelly Kryspin (Hopatcong, NJ) each scored.

Randolph would get on the board at the 14:55 mark when Jamie Steigerwald scored unassisted, but Marywood responded with six straight goals to build a 13-1 advantage with 6:14 to play in the opening half when McKeown scored her fourth goal of the contest. Silvestri, Allie Sodl (Coplay, PA), and Alexis Willey (Hummelstown, PA) also tallied first-half markers as the Pacers held a 15-2 halftime lead. Steigerwald scored both goals for the Wildcats.

Both teams would score six goals apiece in the second half, with Randolph's Danielle Haney netting four second half tallies and McKeown scoring three times to lead their respective clubs.

McKeown, who has now scored at least one goal in all 17 games of her collegiate career, finished with seven goals, matching her own program best, a feat she accomplished three times a season ago. Kuzicki turned in a five-point performance on three goals and two assists. Sodl (four goals) and Silvestri (two goals, two assists) had four point games while Kryspin tallied three goals in her first collegiate game.

Katie Sullivan (Merrick, NY) made nine saves to pick up the win for Marywood, who held a commanding 37-19 advantage in shots for the game and a 35-23 edge in groundballs.

Steigerwald and Haney split Randolph's scoring evenly, each netting four goals in the loss. Catherine Allen made 13 saves for the Wildcats, who were competing in the first-ever game at the NCAA varsity level.

Marywood will be back in action on Wednesday when the visit Sweet Briar College. Game time is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

2010-03-02



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