Women’s lacrosse defeats Frostburg State 21-8 in CAC action
Last Saturday, the women’s lacrosse team took on Frostburg State in another conference matchup. The Captains were also celebrating the four seniors on the team and everything that they have contributed over the last four years.
The status of the game was questionable at first, due to the downpour that occurred the previous night and earlier in the morning shortly before the scheduled start time. Fortunately, the rain and projected thunderstorms which were forecasted to occur throughout the day were nowhere to be found during the pregame ceremony to recognize the seniors and the game.
Each of the four seniors saw significant time on the field and were more than capable of making the most of it, resulting in at least one goal and one assist for each of them. The contest coincidentally opened with the first four passes of the game being handled by the CNU seniors. It took a couple of minutes for the Captains to find their footing on the muddy field before a sequence between seniors #16 Anna Bowers and #10 Sasha Towne resulting in Towne’s third goal of the season and the opener to the contest.
Another of the team’s seniors, #23 Sarah Culver, would continue the scoring less than fifteen seconds later after a quick draw control, putting up her first of an eventual five during the game. Culver would score the next two goals as well, completing a sub-five minute hat trick with some assistance courtesy of Bowers and senior #6 Julia Golden.
The third of Culver’s goals would be her 200th of her career making her only the third player in program history to reach that mark.
The tempo would remain at a high pace as Bowers grabbed her first goal of the season off a feed from #4 Zoe Dyer. #21 Sam Wettengel would cap off the early onslaught with the Captain’s sixth unanswered goal.
Frostburg State were finally able to crack the defense and slide a shot past #35 Kaitlyn Ready for their first goal. Undeterred, #15 Cat Leighty was able to find Golden making a run in front of the crease who then fired a dart into the back of the net, quickly followed up once again by Wettengel, this time with #32 Katie Orrison handing out the helper.
Frostburg State would then begin to find their rhythm, scoring three of the following four goals. #25 Olivia Aumais, one of the team captains, would be able to leave her mark on the game, breaking up the hot streak of the Bobcats, with a goal of her own.
The Captains would then answer with another flurry of goals to close out the first half, which resulted in a running clock once the ten goal spread had been reached. During the rush, Golden completed and then added to her hat trick, #8 Kendall Krause and Leighty would add their names to the scorer’s sheet, and Culver would notch two more. During that time, on the opposite end of the field, Ready would make her third save on the day which would be her 500th career save, making her only the sixth junior across all three divisions of the NCAA to reach that tally.
To start the second half, the Bobcats would go blow for blow with the Captains. Towne would open the scoring once again, this time unassisted, before a quick response from Frostburg State.
Aumais and #26 Victoria Betterly would weave two more goals from the visitors. #2 Taylor Walker would put up her second goal of her sophomore campaign and Betterly would strike with her second to close out the game bringing the final score to 21-8 on Senior Day.
In total, there were ten different goal scorers for the Captains, headlined by Culver with five, followed by Golden who tacked up four.
Towne, Wettengel, Betterly and Aumais would each toss in two apiece. Bowers, Leighty, Walker and Krause would all bump up their totals similarly.
The victory would bring CNU’s record back up to .500 at 8-8 and raise their conference record to 2-3. The Captains will travel to St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Wednesday, April 17 to close out the regular season for another conference battle. The tie between the two teams will have heavy implications on team seedings for the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament, which will begin on April 27.
~Austin Urch, Staff Writer~