by Sam Brouwere
The Griffs’ women’s lacrosse team defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats by a score of 22-4 last Saturday at the Demske Sports Complex.
At 4:05 into the game, sophomore Julia Corrice scored the first goal for the Bobcats. Then, not long after, senior Ashley Bull of the Griffs tied the game up with a goal from the free position. This early tie wouldn’t last long, as junior Jen Reininger would score an unassisted goal to give the Griffs a early 2-1 lead. The Griffs would go on to score 13 of the next 14 goals in the first half. The Griffs’ goals came from Reininger (2), junior Allie Stewart (2), sophomore Jourdan Roemer, junior Erica Evans (3), sophomore Brenna Shanahan, sophomore Tessa Chad (2), and a goal from freshman Emma Mrygold to finish out the half. Mrygold’s goal was the first of her career.
The Griffs didn’t let up their scoring in the second half. Reininger scored the first goal of the half, giving the Griffs a sizable lead of 18-2. The Griffs would outscore the Bobcats 4-2 to close out the game. The Griffs four goals came from Evans, Roemer and Shanahan (2). The Bobcats two goals came from junior Emily Byrne and senior Kelsey Mumford.
Senior Rebecca Van Laken got the start in net for the Griffs, making two saves and allowing only two goals. Van Laken currently leads the MAAC in goals against average with a 5.95 average. Sophomore Ellen Newton played the entire second half for the Griffs, making three saves and allowing two goals.
Coach Scott Teeter gave his thoughts on the game when talking to gogriffs.com at the postgame press conference. “I thought today was an all out great effort for 60 minutes, right from our goaltending and all the way to our attack. I think we were able to get out to a great start. We were able to utilize everyone on our bench today and really play our style of play, which was outstanding to see. I thought some people stood out today that really have given more opportunity on some different looks in our system. One was Brenna [Shanahan], who had three goals. It was good to see Ellen [Newton] getting in there and making some saves in the half. As well as some of our other role players that got off the bench and were making plays today. It was a great all-around effort.”
This was definitely one of the strongest games that the Griffs had played all season. There are definitely things from this game that the Griffs would like to keep doing as they move forward. Coach Teeter talked about this when talking to gogriffs.com.
“You look at the three major areas, or four or five major areas,” said Teeter. “I thought we did excellent on the draw to get the the early on positions. I think our offense has balanced scoring. We have multiple threats out there that if someone is having a tough day or if the defense is keying on a certain girl, we have multiple people that can stand up. Riding and clearing, while we cleared at 100 percent today, our ride created second opportunities. And, really, our defensive play. Really getting out our style of defense, switching up our personnel really executed the game plan. I thought we did it extremely well today by pressuring at X and making some plays and really limiting Quinnipiac’s scoring chances. So, if we keep doing that at all areas, we’re a tough team to play against.”
With a 6-0 conference record, the Griffs are tied for first in the MAAC Conference with the Fairfield Stags. A key reason why the Griffs have been so successful this season is the strong play of junior Erica Evans. Evans not only became the Griffs’ leader in career goals this season, but also is currently leading the entire nation with 57 goals. She also has helped her teammates by compiling 19 assists on the season.
The team only has two conference regular season games remaining and the Griffs may have their toughest test of the season when they travel to Fairfield, C.T. to take on the Stags this Saturday. This game has a lot of importance because it very well could decide what team hosts the MAAC Tournament. Senior Riley Hellstein leads the Stags in scoring with 58 points (43 goals, 15 assists) on the season. The Griffs will have to continue where they left off against the Bobcats and don’t allow Hellstein to break the game open, if they want to win this game.