BALTIMORE (March 8, 2018) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's lacrosse team started the 2018 season off with a big 20-3 victory over Notre Dame (Md.) on Thursday at Loyola University of Maryland's Ridley Athletic Complex. The Mariners begin the season 1-0, while the Gators fall to an even 1-1.
It was just third time in program history that USMMA reached the 20-goal plateau, as the 20 goals ties for second in program history for goals in a game.
Junior Jessica Reilly (Sayville, N.Y.) recorded a game-high eight points on seven goals and one assist. Reilly had a great all-around player filling in the scoresheet with six groundballs, five draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Sophomore Angela Parker (Bowie, Md) added five points, as she found the back of the net four times and dished out one helper. Two Mariners contributed four points each – sophomore Grace McHugh (Sturbridge, Mass.) with three goals and one assist and junior Maura Malone (Yorktown, Va.) with two tallies and two helpers.
Off the bench, sophomore Elena Chamberland (Lakeland, Fla.) chipped in with two goals and an assist, while junior Elizabeth Livi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) added one goal and one assist. The last two Mariners to record a point were freshman Kelly Midas (Clarksville, Md.), who scored her first career goal and junior Lexi Ibach (Reading, Pa.), who had one assist.
In goal, junior Hannah Gizzi (Finksburg, Md.) earned the victory, allowing two goals with six saves in just under 52 minutes of action. Freshman Caitlin Erbacher (Fairborn, Ohio) made her collegiate debut with just over eight minutes left, but only faced one shot, which was a Gator goal.
Chamberland led all players in the game with nine groundballs, Malone tied for the game-high with six draw controls and senior Sarah Milafsky (Aurora, Colo.) had a game-best three caused turnovers. Fellow senior Rebecca Bessler (Kent, Wash.) had a great day defensively with three groundballs and two caused turnovers.
The Mariners scored the first seven goals of the game in the opening 13 minutes and never looked back. They led 12-2 at halftime and scored eight of the nine goals in the second half to secure the win.
For Notre Dame, junior Megan Morales recorded a hat-trick with three goals, while senior Kaitlyn Walter added an assist. Freshman goalie Marie Salas took the loss despite making 16 saves over the full 60 minutes.
USMMA returns to action tomorrow, Friday, March 9, when they travel to Union, N.J., to take on Kean University. Opening draw is set for 4 p.m. at the Cougars' Kean Alumni Stadium. A live video feed of the contest will be available at this link.
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