Regis Outdraws Adams State for WILA Win

ALAMOSA, Colo.- The WILA-leading Regis Rangers claimed 23 of 28 draw controls and never let the Adams State Grizzlies gain any momentum en-route to a 21-5 win, Sunday afternoon here at the ASU Lacrosse & Soccer Field.

With the win, the Rangers improved to 6-3 overall while opening a 1½-game lead over defending WILA champ Lindenwood (Mo.) and now have a perfect 5-0 league mark.

The Grizzlies fell to 3-4 overall and to 2-3 in the WILA, good for fourth place in the standings, as five different players scored goals.

A dozen different Rangers scored, including starters Maribel Gallegos, Hilary Duda and Emily Elkins, who each netted hat tricks. Elkins also added a game-high six draw control wins and registered an assist while Duda tallied three assists to finish with a game-high six offensive points.

The Rangers, who dominated the possession thanks to their massive draw control edge, tallied assists on 12 of their 17 open-field goals and went 4 for 5 on free position shot attempts. They were guilty of 22 turnovers, two more than the Grizzlies but were able to efficiently clear the zone on 14 of 15 attempts.

In the process, the Rangers finished with a 30-16 advantage in total shots and placed 25 of them on goal, compared to the Grizzlies' 11 shots on net.

Gianna Lombardi stopped six of those and earned the win while Grizzly freshman Grace Komatz (Centennial, Colo.) recorded four saves in her second consecutive start.

The Rangers won the draw control after every Grizzly goal throughout the afternoon and got out to a 2-0 lead in the first 2:30 as Erin Todd scored the opening goal before assisting on Gallegos' first goal just 15 seconds later, the end result of an Elkins draw control win.

The Grizzlies would answer just over two minutes later as Lexy Hamilton (Monte Vista, Colo.) tallied her team-leading 20th goal of the year after a nice cut across the face of the goal and an across the body goal that got past Lombardi.

However, the Rangers would go on 5-0 run, triggered by two Duda unassisted goals to take a 7-1 lead at the mid-point of the first half.

ASU freshman Qiana Barfield (Denver, Colo.) wound grab one marker back before goals by Duda and Todd, spaced just 21 seconds part, put the Rangers on top 9-2.

Grizzly junior LiErin Wilson (Silverton, Colo.) would score on a solid individual effort with 5:01 left in the half to make the score 9-3 before the Rangers added three goals in less than a minute to extend the lead to 12-3.

Grizzly junior Amanda Hisel (Conifer, Colo.) would then pick up an offensive rebound before scoring her ninth goal of the season to complete the first-half scoring with 1:24 left.

The Rangers' Katie Larson then extended the visitors' lead to 13-4 with a goal just 42 seconds into the second half before sophomore Heather Jones (Littleton, Colo.) answered back for ASU with 27 minutes left on the clock to make the score 13-5.

However, the Rangers would then score the game's final eight goals en-route to the victory, their fifth in as many efforts against the third-year Grizzlies.

The Rangers are now 17-2 all-time in WILA play and are now 20-0 all-time against their three Colorado rivals in the association (Adams State, Colorado Mesa, Fort Lewis).

They will now return home to Denver to begin a three-game home-stand starting Friday at 1:00 p.m. against undefeated Lindenwood, who is 7-0 overall and 2-0 in WILA play.

The Grizzlies will also remain at home and will face the same Lady Lion squad at the end of St. Charles, Missouri team's 4-game, 5-day trip through Colorado on Tuesday, April 2 at 3:00 p.m.

2013-03-24



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