Mavericks Best Grizzlies in WILA Finale

ALAMOSA, Colo.- Freshman attack Alexis Rawlings converted on four free position shots and scored seven goals overall, while Amanda Simon chipped in four more goals and three assists to lead the visiting Mesa State Mavericks to a 16-3 WILA win over the host Adams State Grizzlies in sunny, yet somewhat breezy conditions Saturday at the ASC Lacrosse Field.

Rawlings' goal haul allowed her to finish the season with 42, tied for second most in the WILA during this the organization's first season.

With the win, the first-year Mavericks finished the season 4-9 and 2-4 in WILA play.

The Grizzlies, who also concluded their first season, finished with 0-11 and 0-6 WILA marks despite two goals from freshman midfielder Amanda Hisel (Conifer, Colo.), her team-leading 12th and 13th of the campaign.

The Mavericks converted on 7 of their 10 free position shots on the day, taking a 1-0 lead on one from Taylor Lansdown after five minutes and 47 seconds worth of action.

However, Hisel converted a fast-break to tie the score just 37 seconds later.

After more than four minutes, Rawlings then took over scoring three goals, all on free position shots, in a span of a little more than six minutes. Simon then got into the act, scoring on another free position tally before assisting on two run of play goals as the Mavericks went on a 10-0 run before freshman Robyn Bushman (Aurora, Colo.) and Hisel tallied two Grizzly goals just 1:21 apart allowing the Grizzlies to pull within 11-3.

Rawlings then tallied her final free position goal with less than a minute remaining in the first half putting the Mavs up 12-3 at the break.

Mesa State's Tara King, who like Lansdown had two goals, then tallied her second just one minute into the second half before Simon extended the lead to 14-3 with 26:55 left.

The Mavericks then slowed the pace, playing a very patient game down the stretch but did receive goals from Rawlings and Simon, who finished second on the Maverick squad and tied for eighth in the WILA with 30 goals.

The Mavericks finished the day with 31 shots, 10 more than the Grizzlies, who took a new school-record 21 as a team.

The Grizzlies did finish with a 27-24 edge in total ground balls but were unable to convert on seven free position shots, which resulted from 23 total Maverick fouls.

The Mavericks also had a 16-5 edge in draw controls, six of which were won by Rawlings.

Grizzly redshirt freshman Lexy Hamilton (Monte Vista, Colo.) had three for ASC.

Grizzly goalie Desi Rae Aguirre (Walsenburg, Colo.) tallied eight saves and had four ground balls while Lauren Wells made 11 stops for the Mavs. She also had five ground balls, second only to teammate Meredith Dolny's six.


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