North Central Tops Missouri Baptist for Program's First Win

Apr. 9, 2010 - Fans in attendance at North Central College's women's lacrosse game against Missouri Baptist University were witnesses to a bit of history Friday evening, as the Cardinals routed their visitors, 17-5, to claim the program's first-ever varsity win at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.

Assuming control very early in the contest, North Central led throughout and was never seriously threatened after scoring the game's first five goals.

"I think it's been a long time in the making," said Cardinal head coach Jenni Kapanen. "It feels good, and I'm really proud of the women."

The hosts wasted little time getting on the board, as Jacqui Morgan# found the net just 45 seconds after play began. With 25:36 remaining in the opening period, Morgan scored again, and a dry spell of nearly seven minutes followed before Danielle Fiala scored the first of a team-high five goals on the evening. Morgan followed with her third goal almost four minutes later, and Jessica Morgan made it 5-0 with 13:49 on the clock.

Missouri Baptist (1-7) got its first goal from Amanda Sullivan with 12:58 left in the first half, though Jessica Morgan countered 51 seconds later. MBU's Vanessa Kretzler added a second goal for the Spartans, but Amy Frazzini scored twice and Fiala found the net again to boost the lead to 9-2. Sullivan and Natalie Vivacqua exchanged goals within a 16-second span near the end of the period, and halftime arrived with the Cardinals in front, 10-3.

North Central also scored the first five goals of the second half, getting three from Fiala and one each from Jessica Morgan and Nora Wessels. Eva Bresser and Jacqui Morgan tacked on the final two goals for the Cardinals, who outshot their opposition, 32-12.

Jacqui Morgan also finished with a team-best eight ground balls for North Central, while Alison Musur had seven. Fiala and Caroline Gully each collected four draw controls and Bresser caused three turnovers.

The Cardinals (1-6) will look to post a second victory on Sunday, hosting the Indiana Institute of Technology. Play is scheduled to begin at noon.


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