April 7, 2012

Sky Hawks rally past Bobcats with first-half surge

Box score

SAINT CHARLES, Mo. --- The Fort Lewis College women's lacrosse team outscored Lees-McRae College by a 13-3 margin in the first half, rallying from an early 3-2 deficit with a 19-0 surge en route to a 23-4 victory in non-conference play on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Lindenwood University.

Fort Lewis (5-5) outshot Lees-McRae (1-9) by a 39-6 margin, including a 23-5 advantage in the first half, while winning the ground ball battle by a stretch of 27-11. The Sky Hawks converted 13-of-15 clear attempts, while each team controlled 14 draws.

Olivia Gudewich (Frederick, Md.) paced the Bobcats with two goals, as Tiffany Rodman (Corona, Calif.) and Nicole Dupont (Fort Myers, Fla.) each found the back of the net. Anna DeLuke (Woodstock, Ga.) tallied an assist, as Gudewich and Katelin Rooney (Naples, Fla.) both tallied a team-high five draw controls. Jessica Travers (Asheville, N.C.) made eight saves between the pipes for the Bobcats.

Kylie Smith and Jessica Norby both scored a game-high four goals to lead the way for Fort Lewis, as Jessica Adams, Abby Kvidera, Amanda Hoffmeyer, and Kathryn Dunn each posted a hat trick. Norby also added two assists, as Smith paced the Sky Hawks with a game-high seven ground balls. Genna Waugh and Shelby Wichkoski combined for two saves between the pipes.

Fort Lewis jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first three minutes, opening the two-goal advantage on a strike by Smith before Gudewich and Dupont evened the tally at 2-2 just over five minutes into the contest. After Rodman gave the Bobcats a 3-2 lead with her first of the season five minutes later, the Sky Hawks answered with 11 goals over the next 20 minutes to surge to a 13-3 lead at halftime.

The Sky Hawks carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with eight goals in the first 17 minutes to stretch the margin to 21-3 following Dunn's second strike of the afternoon. Gudewich would answer with her second of the day for the Bobcats, before Fort Lewis capped the scoring with a pair of late strikes.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Sunday when the Bobcats take on Lindenwood University in non-conference play at 12:30 p.m. in Saint Charles, Mo.

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