CINCINNATI, Ohio – A five-goal run midway through the first half gave Mount St. Joseph a lead it would never relinquish, as Earlham College women's lacrosse was upended by the Lions, 18-9, in an Ohio River Lacrosse Conference matchup on Wednesday evening at Schueler Field.
Sophomore Emma Lady doubled her goal production for the year in one evening, as the Richmond, Indiana native charted four goals on nine shots to pace Earlham (2-6, 1-3 ORLC) in the loss. Senior Olivia Wallace and sophomore Lauren Cole each scored two goals, while first year Alexis Warren recorded a single goal.
Courtney Gleason paced Mount St. Joseph (2-6, 1-2 ORLC) with nine goals and one assist, with Kara Marshall chipping in with four goals. Maria Sams and Brianna Brannon each scored twice for the Lions, while Gabriella Halfhill tallied one goal.
Earlham and Mount St. Joseph traded goals twice in the early part of the first half, and the game was knotted at 2-2 as the clock passed under the 19:00 mark.
The Lions bolted into 6-2 with four goals in the span of two minutes and 13 seconds, and extended their lead with another score just over three minutes later. Earlham would score twice more before the end of the half, but Mount St. Joseph added four goals to its tally and took an 11-4 lead into the halftime break.
Earlham outscored MSJ over the early minutes in the second half to reel in the Lions somewhat, with Warren's goal at the 23:40 mark of the second half cutting the Mount St. Joseph lead down to 13-7.
A three-goal run from the Lions put them back in front by nine, 16-7, and MSJ kept the game in hand the rest of the way.
Mount St. Joseph outshot Earlham, 38-30, and had a 30-19 advantage in ground balls. Quaker goalie Jordan Blackburne registered 10 saves on 28 shots on goal, while Lions goalie Sydney Vinel logged eight saves on 17 SOG.
Earlham women's lacrosse returns to action on Saturday, March 7, when the Quakers host Thiel College to open a grueling stretch of three games over four days. Game time between the Quakers and the Tomcats is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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