Wesley Drops High-Scoring Shootout to St. Mary's

DOVER, Del. St. Mary's (Md.) scored the game's first six goals, and the deficit was too much for Wesley College who fell to the Seahawks, 19-12, on Wednesday afternoon at Scott D. Miller Stadium. The Wolverines are now 6-8 overall and 0-6 in the Capital Athletic Conference.

After going down, 6-0, Jen Jacobs and Nina Cornog scored two-straight goals for Wesley, cutting the deficit to 6-2 with 16:31 left in the first half. Both teams would trade 2-0 runs with Jacobs scoring the final goal of the period with six seconds left.

The Seahawks (7-7, 3-3 CAC) went into the break up 10-5 but went on a 6-2 run to open the second half and went up 16-7 with 16:14 left to play.

Wesley would not go down without a fight; however, scoring the next five goals, forcing St. Mary's to make a goalie change at the 6:32 mark. The Seahawks closed out the game on a 3-0 run, capped off with a free-position goal with 12 seconds remaining.

Alyssa Prudente scored a game-high five goals and added an assist for the Wolverines while Cornog, Jacobs and Jessica Franklin found the back of the net twice. Tristin Burris also tickled the strings for Wesley and Cornog controlled a game-high eight draws.

Defensively, Alyssa Batty kept the Wolverines in the match by stopping a season-high 23 shots. She also tallied a team-high six ground balls and tied Franklin, Jorden Lutz and Elizabeth Groom with a pair of caused turnovers.

A junior from Chalfont, Pa, Batty now has 487 career saves and is two away from tying Krista Roosa's (2002-03) school record.

Lauriann Parker led the Seahawks with seven points on four goals and three assists while Erin Shackelford and Emily Shafer also scored four times. The Seahawks caused 18 of the Wolverines' 37 turnovers. Wesley went just 14-28 on clear attempts.

The Wolverines return to action on Saturday, April 14, when they host Hood College at 2:30 pm in a CAC showdown.

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Dover, Del. Junior midfielder Lauriann Parker (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) notched a game-high seven points to lead St. Mary's to its second consecutive win a 19-12 Capital Athletic Conference victory over the host Wesley College Wolverines Tuesday afternoon.

Parker scored a season-best four goals while dishing out three assists in the win. Junior midfielder Erin Shackelford (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) was not far behind with five points as Shackelford matched her career-high of four goals and added a helper. Fellow classmate Emily Shafer (Hollywood, Md./Leonardtown) had a career performance as well with four goals on the day.

The Seahawks (7-7, 3-3 CAC) equaled their season-high of 19 goals as the team fired a season-best 49 shots. St. Mary's also scooped up a season-high 39 loose balls as Shackelford hustled to a career-high eight ground balls.

St. Mary's opened up the game with a 6-0 run before Wesley (6-8, 0-6 CAC) scored twice in a one-minute span to finally get on the scoreboard at 16:31. The Seahawks then notched four of the next six goals to pull ahead 10-4 at 1:28. Wesley's junior midfielder Jen Jacobs (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) tallied a goal with six seconds left as the visitors went into halftime with a 10-5 advantage.

Senior midfielder Alyssa Prudente (Manchester, Md./Hereford) paced the Wolverines in the loss with five goals and an assist while Jacobs and junior midfielder Nina Cornog (Wilmington, Del./Concord) each picked up two goals and a helper.

Senior attacker Lauren Bennett (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson), who finished the afternoon with a hat trick, started the Seahawk scoring in the second half with her third tally of the day at 28:01. St. Mary's went on score six of the next eight goals for a 16-7 margin at 16:14. Wesley responded with five consecutive goals in a span of eight minutes and 22 seconds to close the gap to four goals at 6:32. The Seahawks sealed the deal with three straight scores, including Shackelford's free position goal with 12 ticks on the clock.

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