Belles Bounced by Brits in MIAA Tilt

NOTRE DAME, Ind. Albion scored a 16-6 victory over Saint Mary's Thursday to clinch a berth in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Women's Lacrosse Tournament.

The Britons, 8-6 overall and 5-2 against league rivals, will likely have the No. 4 seed for the tournament. Albion completes the regular season at Adrian College at noon Saturday and the teams will probably square off again in the semifinal round of the tournament.

Ashley Glenn and Kit Maher each scored twice as Albion went on a six-goal spurt to pull away for a 10-goal lead midway through second half. Glenn finished the day with six goals to bring her season total to 64, four shy of the single-season school-record she set a year ago.

Maher and Kadie Koolwick contributed three goals apiece. It was Maher's first career hat trick and her first multi-goal game since putting two shots in the net in the Britons' April 6 loss to Southwestern (Texas) University.

Alyssa Glenn produced two goals and an assist, Isabel Fontana and Melissa Wilson scored their first goals of the season, and Julie Wood dished out four assists.

Goalkeeper Victoria Della Pia stopped 12 shots.

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's lacrosse team lost a 16-6 conference game at home against Albion on Thursday evening.

The Belles showed solid defense early against the Brits, shutting down open lanes and limiting Albion to tough shots throughout much of the opening period of play.

The Brits did strike first with a pair of goals through the first six minutes of play, but the Belles came right back to tie the game at 2-2. Tess Guerrero scored with a left-handed shot on a free position attempt ten minutes into the game to make it 2-1. Aubrey Golembieski later picked up a ground ball, ran end-to-end, and scored to tie the game up at two goals apiece.

The Brits went on a four-goal run to regain the lead and pull ahead 6-2 with 8:40 remaining before halftime. Saint Mary's won the ensuing draw control, and Aubrey Golembieski fired a close-range free position shot past the Albion goalkeeper for her second goal of the day to make it a 6-3 affair with 8:17 on the clock.

Two minutes later, the Brits regained a four-goal advantage at 7-3. Over the final six minutes of the opening period, both teams' goalkeepers came up with big saves to keep the score at 7-3 at the half.

Albion scored first in the second half with a goal three minutes into the period for the 8-3 lead. After having a pair of free position shots stopped, the Belles broke through after picking up a ground ball on a turnover and translating that into near-instant offense. Shannon Weyer corralled a dropped pass by the Brits in the Belles' defensive end, and Aubrey Golembieski capped off another hat trick 30 seconds later to get the Belles back within four goals of the Albion lead.

The Brits, however, went on a 6-0 run over the next 12 minutes of play to push their lead to a game-high 10 goals.

Sarah Neeser tallied a goal at 8:14 and added a second goal with just over two minutes remaining, but the Brits had done their damage with 16 goals in the game to take the 16-6 decision.

Stephanie Szymas made 11 saves in goal while collecting a team-high six ground balls. Aubrey Golembieski scored three goals while picking up five ground balls and leading the team with six draw controls. Sarah Neeser added two goals, and Tess Guerrero tallied a goal for the Belles.

Saint Mary's (2-12, 1-6 MIAA) concludes their season on Saturday, April 26 when they host Alma for a noon conference contest.


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