Lions Roar Past ASC in Grizzlies' Home Finale

ALAMOSA, Colo. - Grizzly hosted WILA champion Lindenwood (Mo.) on Friday for the final home contest of the season at ASC Lacrosse Field, but the Lions clinched the league title with a 19-1 victory.

The loss drops Adams State to 1-9 overall this spring and 0-7 in WILA play, while title clinching win for Lindenwood boosted its record to 13-2 overall and a perfect 6-0 in league play. This season is the Lions' first as members of the WILA.

With help from WILA point and assist leader Lexi Crusha, Lindenwood took control of the game early on. Crusha tallied her 44th assist of the season, finding Lindsey Palmer for the first goal of the game less than 30 seconds in. The goal was the 39th of the season for Palmer. Crusha would advance the score to 2-0 with 28:20 remaining in the first half on a free position shot, one of four such goals in the game for the visitors.

The Lions outshot ASC 16-1 in the first half and entered the break the owners of a 14-0 lead.

The second half was a bit more event, as LU held just a 6-4 advantage in shots, but outscored the Grizzlies 5-1 in the second.

ASC's lone strike of the afternoon came with 4:50 left in the game. Sophomore Amanda Hisel (Conifer, Colo.), who took two of five shots for the Adams State in the game, directed a pass from freshman Heather Jones (Littleton, Colo.) past LU keeper Brittany Frankenfeld. The goal was Hisel's fifth of the season and Jones' assist her second.

Sophomore Lexy Hamilton (Monte Vista, Colo.) took the Grizzlies' other three shots on Friday.

Crusha led the Lions with nine points, scoring four and assisting on five to raise her league-leading total of helpers to 48. Justiene Groothuis, Renee Abrolat, Banielle Budde and Meghan Chase each scored a pair for LIndenwood.

Just one game remains for the Grizzlies in their 2012 campaign, an away game at WILA foe Fort Lewis on Sunday afternoon in Durango, Colo., at 1:00 p.m.

The Skyhawks own a 6-7 overall mark and are 3-3 in the WILA, but will host Lindenwood on Saturday before facing ASC Sunday. Fort Lewis topped Adams State, 21-6, when the two squads met up in Alamosa n March 21.

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Lindenwood defeated Adams State on Friday afternoon by a 19-1 score. With the victory, the Lady Lions clinched the 2012 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Championship, the first NCAA Division II conference title for the Lindenwood Athletics Department.

The game was decided early as Lindenwood jumped out to a 14-0 lead by halftime. The Lady Lions had a shutout going until Adams State scored its only goal with less than five minutes remaining in the game.

Lexi Crusha led the offense with nine points. She recorded four goals, including the game-winner, and also had five assists. The Lady Lions got two goals apiece from Meghan Chase, Danielle Budde, Justiene Groothuis, and Renee Abrolat. Seven other Lindenwood players scored once.

Christine Hehmeyer played the first 30 minutes in goal and earned the win. She did not face a single shot on goal. Brittany Frankenfeld played the second half in goal and made two saves. Jordyn Constance led the team with three groundballs and she had two draw controls and one caused turnover.

Lindenwood improves to 13-2 with the victory. The Lady Lions will be in action again on Saturday afternoon at Fort Lewis State.


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