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Women's lacrosse roundup (Feb. 16): Lauren McDonald's hat trick sends UMBC past VCU

From Sun staff reports

Lauren McDonald (Catonsville) scored a hat trick and UMBC women's lacrosse team won 11-8 over host Virginia Commonwealth Saturday.

The game was delayed 11/2 hours because of weather. The Retrievers improved to 2-0 and the Rams fell to 0-1.

The Retrievers took an early 5-0 lead with 12:41 remaining in the first half, as McDonald scored twice, once off an assist from Lilly Kennedy (Marriotts Ridge), along with Grayson Corbett (Wilde Lake), Zoë Pekins (Hammond), and Payton Van Kirk.

The Rams stopped the run at the 11:46 mark, bringing the score to 5-1 before Catherine Sims (Howard) added another tally off a feed from Kennedy. VCU added another two before halftime to cut the deficit to 6-3.

Out of the break, the Rams scored just 17 seconds into the period to close the Retrievers' lead to 6-4. VCU would add a second goal ten minutes later to cut the lead down to 6-5.

Kennedy gave UMBC a little breathing room as she found the net at the 16:47 mark before VCU added another goal to close the gap back down to 7-6.

McDonald and Van Kirk each scored again, thanks to assists from freshman Rachel Ridgley (Franklin), before Pekins added one more to extend UMBC's lead to 10-6 with 8:34 remaining to play.

VCU ended UMBC's scoring run with 6:35 on the clock. Sims would score her second of the game with 1:46 left to play to give the Retrievers the 11-7 lead before the Rams scored with just three seconds remaining.

Salisbury 14, Stevenson 6: Emma Skoglund had a hat trick to lead the host Sea Gulls (1-0) past the Mustangs (0-1). Salisbury opened with a 5-0 run and cruised. Carly Bowes scored twice for Stevenson.

Georgetown 10, No. 15 Towson 7: The host Hoyas (2-0) scored five goals per half and beat the Tigers (0-2). Carly Tellekamp, Kaitlin Thornton and Natalie Sulmonte each scored twice for Towson. Taylor Gebhardt had a hat trick for Georgetown, which scored three goals over the final three minutes to win.

Nation

No. 1 Boston College 14, No. 11 Syracuse 12: Sam Apuzzo scored seven goals and became the Eagles' all-time goal leader with 199 goals as B.C. (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the Orange (2-1, 0-1). Lauren Daley made a career-best 12 saves for the Eagles.

Syracuse used a 6-1 run to take a 7-2 lead with 8:10 left in the first half. Apuzzo scored the first two goals of a 4-0 run to cut the lead to 7-6. After the Orange took an 8-6 lead, B.C. scored the next five and never trailed again.

No. 8 Princeton 16, Temple 7: Tigers coach Chris Sailer earned her 400th career coaching victory. Tess D'Orsi scored six goals, Sam Fish made 11 saves and Elizabeth George (McDonogh) had two goals and two assists to reach 100 career points for host Princeton (1-0). The Owls fell to 1-2.

No. 10 Penn State 15, Lehigh 5: Lauren Craft had two goals and two assists to lead the host Nittany Lions (2-0) past the Mountain Hawks (0-2). Other two goal scorers for Penn State included: Kelly Daggett, Delaney Muldoon, Quinn Nicolai and Sophia Triandafils.

No. 20 Colorado 17, No. 12 Virginia Tech 6: Samantha Nemirov scored five goals and Miranda Stinson had four goals to lead the visiting Buffaloes (1-1) past the Hokies (1-2).

Colorado lost its opener, 16-9, to then No. 6 Flordia on Feb. 9.

"We knew this was going to be a tough game for us and we needed to improve on our effort from last weekend," Colorado coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. "I thought we played with more purpose and aggressiveness today. I was pleased with that and we need to continue that to be successful this coming weekend at home."

No. 13 Penn 15, Delaware 4: Erin Barry scored four goals and Zoe Belodeau had three goals to lead the Quakers (1-0) past the host Blue Hens (1-1). Penn opened with a 4-0 run and never trailed.

No. 14 Virginia 11, Elon 4: Ashlyn McGovern (St. Paul's) had a hat trick and Charlie Campbell made five saves to lead the visiting Cavaliers (2-0) past the Phoenix (1-1). Mae McGlynn scored three of the four goals for Elon.

"This was an important win to pick up here on the road, playing in some nasty and really crummy conditions. The girls did enough to come out with a pretty decisive win," said Virginia coach Julie Myers. "There were some examples of things that we need to work on and things we need to get better at moving forward, but we are in a decent spot and I know it is only going to get better."

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