High-Flying Warriors Top Raptors to Win Fourth Straight

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. A 10-goal first half and seven of the game's last nine goals helped Lycoming to its fourth straight win, as it notched a complete 18-10 win over Bard on Monday, March 24, at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

Freshman goalkeeper Nicole Gerling (Millstone Township, N.J./Allentown) was outstanding in goal, stopping a career-high 16 shots, as Bard held a 34-33 advantage in shots, as she evened her season record at 4-4.

The Warriors (4-4 overall), meanwhile, connected on 18 of their 33 shots, with only seven of their shots not on goal, helping them finish off their first non-conference .500 record since 2007 as conference play starts later this week. The four-game win streak, meanwhile, is the team's longest since the 2010 season, when the team posted a six-game streak.

Bard (2-2 overall) started the game with a quick goal just 1:14 into play, but the Warriors responded, as junior Kari Rybak (Boothwyn, Pa./Chichester) scored on a free-position goal, setting off an avalanche of six straight goals. Sophomore Savannah Fox (Port Deposit, Md./Perryville) ended the run with a goal on a pass from junior Casey Maguire (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./Egg Harbor Township) with 9:55 left.

After a score by Bard, the Warriors responded with a 4-3 run to end the half with a 10-5 lead.

In the second half, Rybak got the Warriors started with a score at the 27:29 mark, but Bard posted three straight goals, with two from Stephanie LaMont, bringing the Raptors within 11-8, with 16:37 left.

Just 40 seconds later, though, senior Amber Graybill (Pasadena, Md./Pasadena) found the back of the net before the Warriors reopened the margin with free-position scores from freshman Leanne Shaw (Royersford, Pa./Spring-Ford), Maguire and senior Maureen Heagy (Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby) to take a 15-8 lead with 11:40 left.

Bard couldn't get closer than six the rest of the way, with the Warriors scoring three of the last five goals.

Heagy led the Warriors with four goals and an assist and Rybak posted three goals, an assist, three ground balls and three draw controls. Junior Erin Cieniewicz (Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin) posted three goals, six ground balls and 11 draw controls, Graybill notched three goals, an assist and five ground balls and Shaw added two goals, an assist, five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Maguire posted two goals and two assists to tie Hillary Barrett (1998-01) for 11th in school history with 112 career points.

LaMont led the Raptors with four goals and Brianna Bean added three goals, three assists, five ground balls and four draw controls. Joanna Regan posted two goals, eight ground balls, six draw controls and two caused turnovers.

In net, Winta Mehari stopped eight shots for the Raptors.

The Warriors get back on the field on Wednesday, March 26, when they open the Commonwealth Conference season against Lebanon Valley at 4:00 p.m.


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