Marymount Wins CAC Opener over Wesley

Arlington, Va. Marymount returned to its winning ways with a 14-7 victory over visiting Wesley in its Capital Athletic Conference opener on Saturday afternoon. The Saints improve to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in league play.

Taylor Johnson and Stephanie Flood led the Saints with three goals each for hat-tricks while Mary Ellen Whitlock added two. Stephanie Keane, Megan McGuirk, Molly Maher, Chelsea Ritter, Lindsay Bullock and Jacki Belker each scored for the Blue and White as well.

Keane notched two assists with Johnson, Maher, McGuirk, Ritter and Catherine Powell each chipping in another.

The Saints scored first just 50 seconds into the game and never looked back. Marymount led 5-0 before the Wolverines (3-5, 0-3 CAC) scored their first goal almost 10 minutes into the opening frame. The Blue and White then closed out the half on a 4-1 run to take a 9-2 lead into halftime.

Coming out of the break, the Saints posted three unanswered goal to take a 12-2 lead with 14:05 remaining. Wesley and MU would trade back-to-back goals each to give Marymount a 14-4 lead with just over 17 minutes to play. Wesley managed three late goals but it wasn't enough to overcome the double-figure deficit.

Marymount's defense was solid, causing 11 of Wesley's 25 turnovers and holding the Wolverines to just 11 successful clear attempts in 26 chances. Cecilia Pasquale led the Saints with four caused turnovers while Ritter and Rebecca Durkin added two each.

Pasquale also led the Blue and White with six draw ground balls with Johnson adding three. Flood, Keane and Ritter all collected three draw controls as MU topped Wesley 16-7 in the opening draw.

In goal, all three Saints keepers saw action between the pipes. Kiki Niebuhr (5-2) picked up the win after nearly 43 minutes in goal while Tylar Abrams collected three saves in just under 12 minutes of relief and Molly Ferguson closed out the game.

Jen Jacobs led Wesley with three goals.

Marymount returns to action on Friday as it travels to face York (Pa.) in CAC play.

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ARLINGTON, Va. Wesley fell at Marymount (Va.), 14-7, in Capital Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Long Bridge Park. The Wolverines are now 3-5 overall and 0-3 in the CAC while the Saints improve to 5-2 on the year and 1-0 in league play.

Marymount scored the game's first five goals before Jen Jacobs found the back of the net on an extra-man opportunity with 20:31 left in the first half. The Saints responded with three-straight goals before Jessica Franklin scored on a free position and went into halftime with a 9-2 lead.

Wesley played even with Marymount in the second half as both teams scored five goals apiece. The Saints scored the first three before Tristin Burris and Jacobs scored nine seconds apart on assists by Nina Cornog and Mia Brocco, respectively.

A pair of Saints goals extended their lead to ten but Jorden Lutz, Jacobs and Burris tallied three-consecutive to wrap up the game.

Alyssa Batty made 13 saves in just over 56 minutes of action before giving way to Katherine Cooke, who stopped the only shot she faced.

Jessica Giaccone had a team-high four ground balls and three caused turnovers while Cornog controlled four draws on the day.

The Wolverines are back in action on Sunday, March 24, when they travel to take on Bridgewater (Va.) in a 3:00 pm start.


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