Wilkes' Big First Half Carries Colonels Past Warriors

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. Senior Amber Graybill (Pasadena, Md./Pasadena) posted two goals and three assists and junior Casey Maguire (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./Egg Harbor Township) added three goals and an assist to lead Lycoming, but a 13-goal first half by Wilkes University helped it to a 19-11 win in both squads' season opener at Ashley Booth Field on Monday afternoon, March 3.

The Warriors (0-1 overall) also got two goals and an assist from senior Maureen Heagy (Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby) and two goals from sophomore Savannah Fox (Port Deposit, Md./Perryville), as the team outscored the Colonels (1-0 overall), 7-6 in the second half.

Wilkes started the game with four goals, but the Warriors quickly responded, as Maguire found the back of the net twice within a span of a minute before Graybill found senior Sarah Quigley (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown South) for a goal to make it 4-3 with 20:44 left in the first half. Wilkes answered, though, scoring the next nine goals before Heagy scored with 1:58 left in the half to stop the run and make it a nine-point game at halftime.

In the second half, Wilkes started the half with a pair of goals before Heagy scored, starting a 5-1 run that helped the Warriors cut the lead to seven goals at 16-9 with 14:53 left. Wilkes, however, stopped the run with three straight goals before Fox and Graybill scored in the final 6:30 to make up the final margin.

Junior Erin Cieniewicz (Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin) posted a goal and led the team with six ground balls and two draw controls. Heagy, junior Liz Francescone (Cream Ridge, N.J./Notre Dame) and freshman goalkeeper Nicole Gerling (Millstone Township, N.J./Allentown) each added four groundballs. Junior Kari Rybak (Boothwyn, Pa./Chichester) added three caused turnovers and junior Alysha Conley (Camden, Del./Caesar Rodney) added two.

Carley Smith led the Colonels with four goals, four assists and five caused turnovers. Gabby Ford added four goals, an assist, eight ground balls, six draw controls and four caused turnovers and Tori Kerr added four goals and an assist. Madeleine Brownsey also added four goals.

Gerling (0-1) stopped 13 shots in her debut in net for the Warriors, while Morgan Galluzzo (1-0) stopped eight shots for Wilkes.

The Warriors get back on the field on Wednesday, March 5, when they face Ferrum College at 11:00 a.m. at Ashley Booth Field to wrap up their spring trip.


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