Washington & Jefferson Tops Oberlin to Nine-Win Mark

OBERLIN, Ohio -- Junior attacker Courtney Schrock (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks West) scored a game-high five goals to help Washington & Jefferson College reach nine victories for the first time in program history following a 12-6 women's lacrosse victory over Oberlin Thursday evening.

The Presidents (9-3) are competing in their third NCAA Division III varsity season under Head Coach Kate Scattergood. W&J posted an 8-7 record a year ago after a 3-8 inaugural season in 2008. With three games remaining on its schedule, Washington & Jefferson is poised to reach a double-digit win total and possibly earn the program's first-ever postseason tournament bid.

In addition, W&J improved its 2010 road record to 8-0. The Presidents have won 12 consecutive games away from Alexandre Stadium dating back to last year's win at Shenandoah (16-12, April 11, 2009 in Winchester, Va.).

W&J took control of the game early with four goals in the first nine minutes of the contest. Schrock scored on a free position shot 35 seconds into the game and sophomore midfielder Lauren Novak (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) added a goal just over a minute later for a 2-0 lead.

Sophomore defender Brittney Oake (Bell Mead, N.J./Montgomery) fired home a goal at the 26:15 mark and Novak capped the four-goal spurt with 21:56 left in the opening half.

Oberlin (3-8) fought back with two goals 27 seconds apart, but Schrock, sophomore Cayla Grodotzke (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) and freshman Brittany Fradkin (Owings Mills, Md./St. Paul's SFG) answered with goals to up the lead to 7-2 with 8:07 left in the half.

OC once again rallied with a quick two-goal outburst; however, Schrock and Oake countered with goals during the final four minutes for a 9-4 halftime advantage.

Molly Bloom netted the first goal of the second half for the Yeowomen to bring their deficit to four goals, but two goals from Schrock and another Novak tally four minutes apart put the game out of reach.

Schrock added one assist to finish with six points and also collected four ground balls. Novak contributed a hat trick and Fradkin also notched an assist to go with her goal. Grodotzke produced five caused turnovers and picked up a game-high four draw controls.

Freshman goalie Julia McLellan (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) entered the game with nation's ninth-best save percentage and stopped 10 of the 15 shots she faced. Junior Amber Kuntz (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane) played the final 8:30 and recorded one save.

Bloom and Grace Amber paced the Yeowomen with two-goal efforts. Madeleine O'Meara finished with seven saves between the pipes.

W&J held a 31-23 edge in shots and converted 2 of 6 free position attempts. Both teams amassed 10 draw controls.

The Presidents put their undefeated record in road or neutral field games on the line again Saturday when traveling to Gambier, Ohio, for a match with Trine (Ind.). The neutral field contest begins at 1:00 pm at Kenyon College.

2010-04-16



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