Women’s lacrosse continued its season over the weekend when it hosted the 8-2 Union College Dutchwomen on Friday and the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds on Saturday. The ‘Jackets lost to the Dutchwomen, 7-17, and then beat the Thoroughbreds, 17-8, to bring their record to 2-2 in the Liberty League and 3-6 overall.
Union started the scoring off early, notching three goals in the first five minutes. Freshman attack Allyson Hogan then responded with a goal for UR. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Case also scored in the first half, as did junior midfielder Lindsay Dakin off of a pass from Case. Union scored four times in the last five minutes, however, and took a commanding 11-3 lead into halftime.
Dakin started off the scoring for UR in the second half, finding the back of the net 4:28 into the period. Junior attack Mary Kate Hannan, Case and junior defenseman Sierra LaVenture-Volz also scored for the ‘Jackets in the second period. Union scored six goals after the break, and the game ended with a final score of 7-17.
Junior goaltender Leslie Dube made 12 saves for UR. UR had 23 total shots and won 23 ground balls.
UR proved that it would not let its loss to Union affect its game against Skidmore. Even though the Thoroughbreds scored the first goal in the game, UR only allowed them to score two more goals the entire first half.
Dakin started the scoring for UR, notching an unassisted goal at the 24:22 mark to knot the score at one. She was followed by junior midfielder Marlena Fisher, who put one in for the ‘Jackets less than two minutes later. Junior defenseman Megan Jenkins made it 3-1 with an unassisted score less than a minute after Fisher’s goal. All three scores came in the first 10 minutes of play. UR went on to score five unanswered goals against the Thoroughbreds before the half.
LaVenture-Volz, Hogan, Case and freshman defenseman Charlotte Clements all scored goals for the ‘Jackets. Hogan got two in a three-minute span, her second score putting the ‘Jackets ahead, 7-2.
Skidmore got one more goal in the last four minutes, but UR responded with Case scoring another goal with three minutes left before halftime. The score at the half was 9-3.
Skidmore rallied back in the second half, scoring three times in the first nine minutes. The ‘Jackets got a goal from Hogan to bring the score to 10-6. But a scoring spree for UR that was started with a goal from Hannan at 19:55 would put the game out of reach for Skidmore. The spree included six goals: one from Hogan, two from Dakin, one from Clements and then one each from both Fisher and freshman midfielder Carly Williams.
UR outshot the Thoroughbreds, 26-21, and picked up 24 ground balls. Junior attack Melissa Schoenberger turned in a solid performance, dishing out three assists in the win.
Senior defenseman Mimi Hong picked up six ground balls and forced three of Skidmore’s 27 turnovers. Dube made 10 saves during the game. Fisher, Case and Clements did their part as well, scoring two goals apiece.
Hogan scored a season-high four goals and had one assist. Dakin scored three goals – including two back-to-back in the second half – and also had one assist for UR. Dakin leads the team in goals scored this season with 21. Hogan is second with 17 goals. Hogan is also tied for the lead with Hannan for number of assists this season with four.
With the win, the ‘Jackets are now tied for fourth place in the Liberty League standings. UR’s next game will be at home on Saturday against the William Smith College Herons at 2 p.m. The Herons are currently 10-0 overall and tied for first in the Liberty League.
After the Herons, the ‘Jackets go on a three-game road trip, taking on Hamilton College on April 22, Vassar College on April 26 and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on April 26. UR returns home on April 30 to take on Ithaca College for its final home game.
Belonga is a member of the class of 2010.