Women’s lacrosse begins season by breaking records

Lauren Whelan, Sports Editor

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For the first time since 2009, the women’s lacrosse team opened its season with a record of 2-0, notching victories over both Delaware State and Mount St. Mary’s. In its season opener against Delaware State, the team recorded a single-game scoring record of 25 goals to decisively win 25-1. In their match-up with Mount St. Mary’s, the Bison brought their record to 2-0 for the first time in seven years with an 11-5 win.

“It feels great to have two solid wins early on in the season, but we need to look forward and continue working and getting better every day. The amount of work and effort we have put into this program over the past couple years is finally evidenced through our 2016 record thus far,” Maddy Molinari ’17 said.

The Bison faced Delaware State in their first match-up of the season on Feb. 17, breaking through their single-game scoring record by racking up 25 goals. Molinari, Gretchen Richter ’18, and Ally Furbay ’16 each tallied four goals as key elements in the offensive effort for the Orange and Blue, while Eve Lukowski ’18 contributed eight points of her own with three goals and five assists. The entire team contributed to the game, with every player seeing the field for some playing time and 13 team members adding at least one point. On the defensive end,  Jamie DeWitt ’19 started her collegiate career in goal and made two saves.

The Orange and Blue continued their momentum on Feb. 20 as they traveled to Mount St. Mary’s, and recorded their second consecutive win with a score of 11-5. Richter and Emily Becker ’16 sparked the Bison offense with three goals each, followed by a pair of goals from both Christina Manis ’17 and Lukowski. The Bison dominated not only offensively, but across the board, controlling the ground balls and draws. DeWitt also recorded eight saves in goal to help the Orange and Blue stay ahead, with a particularly strong second half performance.

“It’s awesome to have such a great start! I think especially for the upperclassmen, being able to start a season on top with two wins really gives fuel to our fire and makes us excited and hopeful for this season and upcoming years,” DeWitt said.

The Bison hope to continue their winning streak when they host Villanova on Feb. 27.

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