Lindsey Grady has enjoyed her time with her new St. Mary’s teammates.
The way she performed on Tuesday, her teammates are enjoying her just as much.
The junior transfer from Tennessee scored three first-half goals and helped lead her new team to an 8-1 victory over Friends.
St. Mary’s (4-5-1 overall, 3-2-1 IAAM B Conference) has won four out of its last five games after starting the season 0-4-1.
“I love it here. It’s been really fun,” said Grady, who had two goals prior to Tuesday’s game. “I knew we had a lot of seniors when I first came here, so as a junior I thought it would be kind of hard at first to play.”
Grady scored her three goals in a span of 15 minutes in the first half and helped the Saints jump out to a 6-0 lead at halftime.
Sarah DeWitt, one of a host of seniors who are hoping to close their careers with three conference championships, opened the scoring just eight minutes into the game with a rocket of a shot from roughly 30 yards out. Rachel Seddon and Lindsay Hegewisch also scored in the first 40 minutes.
“It’s my last year, so I’m definitely looking to make an impact,” said DeWitt, who will play at Long Island University. “I had a slow start, so hopefully it will pick up.”
Annie Dolan scored early in the second half and freshman Amanda Roy scored on a penalty kick for her first career goal to round out the scoring for the Saints. Katie Hoffman had three assists for St. Mary’s.
“If you know soccer and if you watch soccer, you can tell this team is very talented, plays pretty soccer, they move it, they pass it, they try and possess it.” St. Mary’s coach Sarah Molina said. “I don’t really think our scores of past games have really represented how good this team is.”
Though the Saints got off to the slow start, the first two losses came to Good Counsel and South River at the AACC Tournament to start the season. They also lost to St. Mary’s Ryken and defending IAAM B Conference champion St. Paul’s. They also tied Bryn Mawr, which had lost just once heading into play Tuesday.
“We’ve played some really good teams,” Molina said. “The best thing about playing really good teams is you can see how you match up and our weakest points can be brought out and we can see where we need to work on things and see what kind of development we need to make.”
Molina is excited about the talent on the team and its chances for a deep playoff run. The current group of seniors won conference titles in 2014 and 2015 and advanced to the conference semifinals last year.
“They love to play and this is a team that needs to be watched,” Molina said. “I was very lucky and fortunate to come into a team that had this big group and big class, but I’m also unlucky in that I’m going to lose them. I just love to see all of them play together and you can feel they’ve been playing for years.”
St. Mary’s 8, Friends 1
Goals: FR — Proutt; SM — Grady 3, DeWitt, Seddon, Hegewisch, Dolan, Roy.
Assists: SM — Hoffman 3, Bruns, Pfundstein, Kochkin.
Saves: FR — McManus 3, Rosenberg 3; SM — Sullivan 2.
Half: St. Mary’s, 6-0