Grizzlies Complete Season-Sweep of Mckendree

LEBANON, Ill.- Megan Daly (Walnut Creek, Calif.) tallied a career-high four goals while Amanda Hisel (Conifer, Colo.) netted three for her third career hat trick as Adams State completed the home-and-home sweep of WILA rival McKendree (Ill.) with a 15-12 Saturday win on the Bearcats' Leemon Field.

The Grizzlies, who were playing with just 11 players throughout the game, one short of the allowable 12, improved to 3-3 overall and to 2-2 in the WILA with their third win in the last seven days, two of which have come against the Bearcats (1-7, 0-5 WILA).

The Grizzlies, who claimed their first-ever WILA and home win over McKendree by an 11-10 margin on Sunday in Alamosa, Colo., connected on more than half of their 28 shots while freshman Grace Komatz (Centennial, Colo.) made four saves in her first career start in net while earning the win.

"Every girl on the field today stepped it up as needed and really showed that each and every player on our team is a threat on the field. I was very proud of our team today when they were put in a situation that was less than ideal for them," Grizzly coach Marianna DiGiovanni said.

Sarah Collins scored a school-record setting six goals and nine offensive points to lead the Bearcats in their first-ever WILA home game. Kelly Eastman had nine saves for the Bearcats, including seven in the first half.

The lead went back-and-forth in the opening half before a 3-0 Grizzly run over 2:18 of the later stages of the half gave the Grizzlies a 7-6 lead and momentum heading into the break.

However, that momentum would be short-lived as Collins tallied a game-tying goal just 54 seconds into the second half before assisting Rianne Holzmeyer on another that put the Bearcats up 8-7 with 23:51 left.

However, Hisel controlled the ensuing draw before sparking another 3-0 Grizzly run just 19 seconds after Holzmeyer's goal to tie the game at 8.

Aislinn Stace (Boise, Idaho), who had a pair of goals, then put the Grizzlies up 9-8 on one of four successful free-position shots the Grizzlies had before goals by Daley and Heather Jones (Littleton, Colo.) answered a Collins tally with just over 15 minutes left.

Leading 12-9 at that point, the Grizzlies did see their lead trimmed to 11-12 on goals by Bree Suter and Collins before Daly tallied her 10th goal of the season with 6:36 left to double ASU's lead to 13-11.

LiErin Wilson (Silverton, Colo.) and Daly then tallied free position shot goals to ice the victory for ASU.

Despite being down a player and without any substitutions throughout, the Grizzlies were a perfect 13 for 13 on clearing attempts and committed just 15 total turnovers.

Jones and Kira Williams (Gilbert, Ariz.), who tallied her first career point by assisting on a Jones goal that tied the game at 4, led ASU with four ground balls each.

Qiana Barfield (Denver, Colo.) and Desi Rae Aguirre (Walsenburg, Colo.) also scored for ASU as seven of the Grizzlies' 10 field players tallied goals.

Hisel also matched her own school-record by winning seven draw controls.

The Grizzlies will now return home to face WILA-leading Regis (4-3, 3-0 WILA) on Mar. 24 at 1:00 p.m.


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