Women's Lax Wins Again

WINCHESTER, Va. - The Shenandoah University women's lacrosse team earned its third straight victory of the week with a 14-6 non-league win over Marymount Sunday afternoon.

Shenandoah (3-3) scored seven goals in each half to easily dispatch the Saints (2-2).

Senior Samantha Donaghy scored the initial goal of the contest with a free position goal at 27:20, and after Chelsea Ritter scored unassisted for MU 51 seconds later, the Hornets took the lead for good on an Erin Higgins tally at 23:29.

Higgins, a freshman from Garden City, N.Y., was playing against her twin sister, Meghan, in the contest.

Higgins had three goals for the hosts in the first half as SU took a 7-3 lead into the break.

Marymount, which outshot Shenandoah 27-24, was continually turned away by Hornets goalie Ashley Cross. Cross had 11 saves in the game, including six in the second half.

Cross' penultimate save, on a Megan McGuirk shot with one minute remaining, was the 449th of her career and vaulted her past Wendy Taylor '07 for the all-time lead at SU.

Senior Samantha Sisson had a team-high five points for Shenandoah with four goals and one assist.

She had a back-breaking goal at the end of the first half, hitting the back of the net as the horn sounded, to give the hosts the four-goal advantage.

Marymount could not cut the deficit under five for the entire second half.

In addition to Sisson's four goals, Higgins added four, Miranda Rudacille two and Liz Bereit one with three assists.

MU held a 22-17 advantage in groundballs while the Hornets won 13 of 21 draw controls.

The Hornets are off until opening ODAC play next Sunday with a 2:00 contest against Sweet Briar.

Note: The win Saturday was the 50th career victory for head coach Lindsey Lutz.