Kings Point , NY – The USMMA women's lacrosse team made history Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium, earning the program's first victory with a 12-7 decision against Bryn Athyn. Senior Shannen Dunn (Bourne, MA) and Alexandra Winfree (Millstone, NJ) each scored three goals in the win. Rachel Smith (Broomfield, CO) made 12 saves in net as the Mariners also set a program record for fewest goals allowed in a game.
Bryn Athyn (0-2) held a 3-1 advantage at the 19:13 mark of the first half after back-to-back markers from Haley Schmucker. USMMA Head Coach Kyle Simensky took a timeout and his team answered with a goal 20 seconds later as Emily Finnin (Littleton, CO) found the back of the net. The Mariners pulled even with 16:08 left in the period on Dunn's first tally of the afternoon.
Merchant Marine (1-1) went on to score five unanswered goals, building a 6-3 advantage. Winfree and Gabby Marionakis (Royal Palm Beach, FL) scored on the Mariners surge. The two sides traded goals down the stretch with the home team taking a 7-4 cushion into the intermission. The Lions outshot the Mariners 19-11 in the first half but USMMA got seven saves between the pipes from Smith.
USMMA responded to Bryn Athyn's goal to open the second period with an Elizabeth Noonan (Charlotesville, VA) 8-meter free position goal. Her sister, Katie Noonan (Charlotesville, VA) made it two straight free position markers, bouncing a shot past the goalkeeper to make it 9-5. Finnin pushed the margin to 10-5 with a jump-cut in front of the crease and a hard shot into the top corner of the cage.
Grace Mariani (Amherst, NY) notched her first career goal to provide the Mariners with an 11-6 lead with 12:42 left in regulation. Mariani also anchored the Merchant Marine defense with five caused turnovers and five ground balls. USMMA finished the game with a 14-7 lead in draw controls as Winfree came up with seven draw controls for the Mariners.
Merchant Marine was able to preserve a 12-7 margin for the final seven minutes of action as the horn sounded to seal the program's first milestone victory. The Mariners return to action Wednesday, March 19 for a 7:30 tilt against Purchase State at Brooks Stadium.