Grizzlies Fall to Defending WILA Champion Rangers

ALAMOSA, Colo.- Four Regis players registered hat-tricks while the Ranger defense held Adams State to just four shots on goal and 12 overall attempts as the Rangers posted a 14-2 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association victory Saturday afternoon at the ASC Lacrosse & Soccer Field.

The Rangers, now 4-4 overall and 3-1 in WILA play, won for the third time in four games and completed the season sweep of the second-year Grizzlies (0-4, 0-4 WILA) after claiming a 21-3 win a fortnight prior. The Rangers won last year's inaugural WILA title and are now 9-1 all-time in WILA play.

On Saturday, Danica Cutshall, Hilary Duda, Morgan Taylor and Kelsey O'Connor all scored three goals for the Rangers while Grizzly sophomore Lexy Hamilton (Monte Vista, Colo.) tallied both of ASC's goals raising her season total to a team-high eight.

Cutshall, who also claimed a game-high five draw controls, started the scoring just 2:56 in with a free position shot, before Carlstrom tallied her first goal off an AriAnna McDonald assist just 16 second later.

Hamilton then got into the scoring act with 22 minutes left in the first half before neither team could convert for more than 10 minutes before Duda scored off of the first of Taylor's two assists.

Taylor, who had five points on the afternoon, then tallied her first goal with 8:06 left before Duda completed what was a 5-goal half for the Rangers with 5:04 to go.

Leading 5-1 at the break, the Rangers then increased the lead in the opening minute of the second half when Kelsey O'Connor intercepted a pass before netting her fifth goal of the season.

Hamilton then answered back with a free position shot before the Rangers tallied the game's final eight goals to cruise to the win.

The Rangers won 13 of 18 draw controls throughout the game and had a slight 22-17 edge in groundballs. They also put 21 of their 24 shots on frame.

Goalkeeper Gianna Lombardi claimed four of those groundballs for Regis but was required to make just two saves. She improved to 4-4 with the victory.

Grizzly net-minder Danica Kristiansen (Lake Forest, Calif.) tallied seven saves for the Grizzlies, including five in the first half, a significant improvement compared to the 11-2 first-half scoring when the teams met two weeks prior in Denver.

Kristiansen, Kelly Hillick (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jordan McHenry (Dolores, Calif.) had three groundballs each for the Grizzlies while Hamilton took six shots to lead the offense. LiErin Wilson (Silverton, Colo.) had five shots, all on free position attempts.

The Grizzlies are now half-way through their 4-game homestand and will return to the field to face Colorado Mesa next Saturday (Mar. 31) at 1:00 p.m. The Mavericks are 2-5 overall and 1-2 in WILA play heading into a Saturday night home game with Fort Lewis (3-2, 1-0 WILA).


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