Belles Shatter Records in Shutout Win Over Olivet
- The Belles set new program records for goals in a game (20), assists in a game (10), points in a game (30), and fewest shots allowed (3) while recording the first shutout ever for the team.
- Nine different players scored at least one goal led by Emilie Vanneste's five goals.
- Shannon Weyer picked up the shutout win in goal.
OLIVET, Mich. - It was all Belles from start to finish in the Saint Mary's lacrosse team's 20-0 win over Olivet on Saturday afternoon.
Emilie Vanneste put the Belles up 1-0 two-and-a-half minutes into the game, but it took Saint Mary's a few minutes to hit their offensive stride. After another Vanneste goal with 25:00 left on the clock, a quick scoring spurt by Clare Theisen and Lauren Telford began to open up the game for the Belles. Theisen netted a pair of goals in a span of 29 seconds, and Telford struck with her first goal of the game just 16 seconds later to make it 5-0 with 19:44 remaining in the first half.
Saint Mary's put five more goals on the scoreboard over the next five minutes of play to extend the lead to 10-0 and keep the clock running. Hanna Makowski, Mary Grace Heller, Rachael Leonard, and Kate Kelly accounted for the big scoring run to give the Belles the double-digit lead.
Jackie Loesch and Teresa Guerrero started and ended another spurt of scoring while Kelly added her second and third goals of the game over the final 10:18 of the half to give Saint Mary's a 14-0 lead at the break. Over the course of the first half, the Belles out-shot the Comets 26-0 and had only six turnovers to Olivet's 19.
The offense continued to find a way in the second half while the defense continued to create headaches for the Comets' offense over the final 30 minutes of play. Theisen, Loesch, Telford, and Vanneste combined to score six goals for Saint Mary's to give the Belles the 20-0 margin of victory. The defense, meanwhile, allowed just three shots during the second half - one off the post, one saved, and one high - while keeping the Comets off the scoreboard.
The team set new program records for goals in a game (20), assists in a game (10), points in a game (30), and fewest shots allowed (3) while recording the first shutout ever for the team. The win also gives the Belles their second conference win in as many contests of the season.
Nine different players scored at least one goal in the victory. Emilie Vanneste led the offense with five goals. Clare Theisen added three goals, an assist, two draw controls, and five ground balls while causing five turnovers. Kate Kelly posted three goals, an assist, three draw controls, and five ground balls. Lauren Telford tallied two goals and an assist while Jackie Loesch registered a pair of goals. Teresa Guerrero added a goal and a career-high three assists to match the program record for assists in a game. Mary Grace Heller scored a goal while picking up two assists. Shannon Weyer had the shutout win in goal while making a save on the lone shot on goal of the day.
The Belles (5-5, 2-0 MIAA) host Trine on Tuesday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. at the Holy Cross College South Field.