Grizzlies Fall to Lenoir-Rhyne in First East Coast Game

EATONVILLE, Fla.- Playing for the first time outside of Colorado and for the first time in the East Coast in their brief history, the first-year Adams State team fell 16-2 to fellow first-year program Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), Saturday evening here in neutral-site NCAA Division II action at Hungerford Prep Stadium.

The Bears, who won for the third straight time while improving to 6-7, scored the game's first 10 goals and received hat-tricks from Hayley Beaty, Stevie Dillinger and Sarah Minick. Seven different Bears scored goals in the win.

The Grizzlies, now 0-8, received goals from freshman midfielder Amanda Hisel (Conifer, Colo.) and freshman attack Robyn Bushman (Aurora, Colo.), who have combined for 19 of the Grizzlies' 26 goals this season.

Both players scored on free position shots.

Hisel also took a team-leading four shots and had a game-best five draw control wins. She also had four groundballs, just one fewer than redshirt freshman net-minder Desi Rae Aguirre (Walsenburg, Colo.), who made 10 saves in a little more than 55 minutes worth of action. She then gave way to freshman Kristen Bates (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), who played the final 4:51.

The Bears finished with a 32-9 edge in total shots and had a 25-5 lead in that category at the half. The Bears also had a 32-22 edge in groundballs and won 13 of 20 draw controls, including six of seven in the second half as they ran out the clock in a much more defensive second half.

After leading 10-0 before Hisel's goal that came with two minutes left in the first half, the Bears scored 36 seconds later on a free position goal by Rachel Hall.

The Bears then scored three more goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half before Bushman tallied her eighth goal with 16:03 left on a free position shot.

Lacy Peterson and Beaty then scored unassisted goals to complete the scoring.

The Grizzlies will remain in Florida overnight and will face host Rollins (Fla.) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The Tars, 10-3 overall, are ranked a programs best eighth in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll and are coming off a 17-15 win over Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Champion Regis on Friday evening.

The Grizzlies will then return home to play at Regis next Saturday (Apr. 23) before closing out their debut season on May 7 at home against Mesa State.


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