PAINESVILLE, Ohio - The Walsh Cavaliers women's lacrosse jumped into the win column in conference play with a 16-11 win over the Lake Erie Storm on Friday (April 12) at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.
Walsh used six straight goals in the second half to defeat the defending G-MAC champions.
Kendra Cowen-Tripp opened the game with an unassisted goal before Lake Erie quickly responded to tie the game. Becky Parker and Lindsay Hindman each scored goals as the Cavaliers led 3-1 with just under 25 minutes left in the first half. The Storm followed suit with a quick goal but the Cavaliers went on a three goal spurt over eight minutes. Hannah McFeeters scored two free position goals while Cowen-Tripp added a free position goal of her own. With 14 minutes left before halftime, Lake Erie pulled closer with two goals. Cowen-Tripp assisted on a goal by Hindman as Walsh pushed the advantage to 7-4 with ten minutes left. One minute later, the Storm scored prior to a six minute scoreles span. Sam Paulson scored a man up goal, assisted by Hindman and Parker scored her second goal with 1:44 left and Walsh up 9-5. Lake Erie scored three goals in the final minute of the half, trailing 9-8 at halftime.
The Cavaliers pulled away with six goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half. Paulson scored two of the six goals, one on a free position shot and the other was assisted by Parker. Cowen-Tripp and McFeeters each made free position shots in the run. Hindman's goal was assisted by Cowen-Tripp and Jenny Spragg accounted for the sixth goal. Lake Erie scored three of the final four goals in the final 14 minutes. Grace Andreski scored with an assist from Cowen-Tripp, counting for the final Walsh goal. The Cavaliers improved to 9-4 overall and 1-2 in the G-MAC with a 16-11 victory.
Cowen-Tripp led with six points on three goals and three assists. Hindman, McFeeters and Paulson all had three goal nights for the Cavs.
Halle Kotulock and Ellen Lawrence each had two groundballs as Walsh picked up ten in the game. The Cavaliers got two draw controls from each of the following players: McFeeters, Andreski, Paulson and Spragg.
Mikaela Faus made 11 saves and had two groundballs in 60 minutes in the net.
The Cavaliers will travel to Pepper Pike, Ohio on Sunday (April 14) for a conference battle with the Ursuline College Arrows at 12:00 PM.