Bearcats Cruise to Victory Over Dolphins

CINCINNATI – Katie Kiriazoglou scored three goals and handed out five assists leading the University of Cincinnati (5-8) lacrosse team to a 15-9 victory over visiting Jacksonville University (5-10) in non-conference action at Nippert Stadium on Sunday, April 18.

The Bearcats scored the first six goals of the game and never looked back. Kiriazoglou took a pass from MacKenzie Parsons just 16 seconds into the game and scored. Shannon Lynes scored from Kiriazoglou and then Parsons found the back of the net on a free position attempt.

Marissa Pierson and Natalie Starvaggi scored back-to-back goals from Kiriazoglou and Laura Simanski scored from Lynes before Jacksonville rattled off three straight goals. Maddie Fink stopped the JU scoring with a goal from Kiriazoglou, but the Dolphins responded with two goals. Rachel Mercier scored on a free position attempt and Kiriazoglou scored her second first-half goal with 1:58 remaining. Jacksonville finished the first half scoring with a free position goal with 1:29 left in the period, making the score 9-6.

Lynes started the scoring in the second half on a pass from Starvaggi and Simanski recorded a goal from Lynes with 24:37 on the scoreboard. Starvaggi scored from Ali Mattingly to give the Bearcats a 12-6 advantage. Both Jacksonville and UC scored three goals to end the game with Kiriazoglou, Mercier (from Starvaggi), and Simanski (from Kiriazoglou) each scoring for the Bearcats.

Cincinnati won the draw control battle, 16-10, and scored on two of its three free position attempts. Katherine Russo was outstanding in goal for UC, saving 21.

UC will return to action on Friday, April 18, when Syracuse visits Nippert Stadium for a BIG EAST Conference game that starts at 5:00 p.m.

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CINCINNATI, Ohio - Apr. 18, 2010 The JU women's lacrosse team was unable to recover from an early 6-0 run from Cincinnati as the Dolphins fell at Nippert Stadium, 15-9.

The Dolphins (5-10, 3-2 NLC) were led on a hat trick from freshman Amanda Hurley with two goals apiece from Brie Kitchelt and Nicole Albino. Freshman Karli Tobin picked up the loss for JU and Hannah Collins played 50 minutes, making five saves.

The Bearcats (5-8) got help during their opening run with three assists from Katie Kiriazoglou, who finished the day with eight points (3,5). Goalie Katherine Russo made 21 saves between the pipes to record the win.

“Giving up the early run really hurt us today,” said JU head coach Mindy McCord. “We played well for most of the game and we're definitely moving in the right direction.”

After conceding the games first six goals, the Dolphins got on the board with a free-position shot from freshman Ellyn Spangenberg. Two more goals would follow from freshmen Brie Kitchelt and Amanda Hurley to bring JU back into the game.

Hurley would tally next for the green and gold, followed by freshman Emily Pepe with just under two minutes remaining in the half, brining the score to 7-5.

Freshman Nicole Albino rounded out the half on a free-position score but two Bearcat goals before the shot led to a three goal lead at halftime.

The second half saw another run for Cincinnati with the opening three goals going the way of the home side. Hurley scored her first of two in the second half to end the streak while Kitchelt added one more goal.

The Dolphins outshot the Bearcats, 38-24, but missed four free-position shots. On the ground, JU outhustled Cincinnati, 26-20, and forced 26 turnovers.

The Dolphins will head to Clinton, S.C. for one final game before the NLC Tournament when they face Presbyterian on Saturday.


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