Marymount Ends 1st Half on 12-1 Run to Defeat Wesley

DOVER, Del. Wesley led early on, but Marymount ended the first half on a 12-1 run and defeated the Wolverines, 20-6 in a Capital Athletic Conference match-up on Wednesday afternoon at Scott D. Miller Stadium. The loss drops Wesley to 4-7 overall and 0-5 in the CAC, while the Saints move to 8-4 on the year and 2-2 in league play.

Marymount's Molly Maher scored the first goal of the game just 53 seconds in but the Wolverines tied it up on an unassisted tally by Jorden Lutz at 27:21, and another by Jessica Giaccone 43 seconds later to give Wesley a 2-1 lead.

Maher then assisted on Chelsea's Ritters goal to tie the score by Rylee Gould found Kaitlin Brennan in front of the net for a goal at 24:59, giving the Wolverines its final advantage at 3-2. From there it was all Marymount as Maher notched a hat trick and four assists in the first half and finished with four goals and four assists.

Kirsten Ward scored Wesley's other goal in the first half with 12:15 to play, cutting Marymount's lead to just three goals.

The teams traded goals to start the second half as Alyse Obermeyer and Lutz were able to beat backup goalkeeper Tylar Abrams. Marymount finished the game with four-straight goals.

Brennan (1g, 1a), Gould (2a) and Lutz (2g) all had multi-point days for Wesley while Lutz also had a team-high five ground balls. Brennan controlled a pair of draws and Giaccone caused a team-high two turnovers.

Katherine Cooke made 16 saves in the first 53:31 to take the loss before giving way to Samantha Brannigan.

Wesley hosts Frostburg State on Sunday, April 13 at 12:00 p.m..

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Dover, Del. Marymount tied the program record for second most wins in a season with eight in a 20-6 road victory over Wesley in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday afternoon. The Saints improve to 8-4 overall and even their league record to 2-2 on the season.

Four Saints recorded hat-tricks led by Molly Maher and Jacki Belker with four goals each. Taylor Johnson and Megan McGuirk both added three goals in the win while Stephanie Keane added a pair. Emily Beck, Meghan Higgins, Catherine Powell and Chelsea Ritter each tallied lone goals as well.

Maher added four assists for a career-high eight points while McGuirk and Belker both had a pair. Natalie Tinkham, Powell, Johnson and Ritter each added one.

Marymount took the initial lead with the opening goal in the first minute before the Wolverines (4-7, 0-5 CAC) responded with three of the next four goals to lead 3-2 at the 24:59 mark. The Saints took control from there, outscoring Wesley 12-1 the rest of the half to take a 14-4 lead into halftime.

In the second half, both teams traded goals over the first 10 minutes of the frame before the Blue and White shut down their hosts the rest of the way. Marymount closed the game out with four unanswered goals n the final 15 minutes of action.

Marymount dominated on draw controls, winning 19 of 28 opening tosses. Tinkham led the way with five, Powell had four and Maher added three.

Defensively, Maher was credited with three caused turnovers while Powell and Belker both had two. Maher also collected five ground balls to pace the Saints.

In goal, Kiki Niebuhr and Tylar Abrams split time between the pipes in the win. Niebuhr hauled in a pair of saves in the win while Abrams added four in relief.

Jorden Lutz led Wesely with two goals.

Marymount returns to action on Saturday as it closes out its home schedule against CAC newcomer Christopher Newport. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.


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