Belles Overpower Blue Jays
- The Belles posted the most assists in a game in program history with 11 helpers on the night.
- Emilie Vanneste set new program records for assists and caused turnovers in a game.
- Ten different players scored a goal in the win.
ELMHURST, Ill. - Ten different players scored a goal and Emilie Vanneste set new program records for assists and caused turnovers in a game as the Saint Mary's lacrosse team took a 19-4 win at Elmhurst College on Tuesday night.
Kate Kelly scored less than a minute into the game, and Mary Singler and Kendra Osinski followed suit with goals to give the Belles a 3-0 lead before five minutes had elapsed in the contest. After a Blue Jay goal in the eighth minute of play, Hanna Makowski, Emilie Vanneste, and Molly Stout each found the back of the net to give Saint Mary's six different goal scorers and a 6-1 lead with 19:22 still remaining in the first half of play.
The Belles responded with a four-goal spurt after an Elmhurst goal. Stout, Kelly, and Vanneste each added to their goal totals during a run which saw Saint Mary's extend the lead to 10-2 with 9:53 left in the period. Another scoring run over the final 4:30 of the first half made the advantage 13-3 in favor of Saint Mary's while initiating the running-clock a few minutes before the halftime break. During that last run of the first half, Rachael Leonard found the back of the net for the first time this season, and Vanneste connected with Abby Krauss for the junior's first goal of the 2017 campaign. Lauren Telford joined in on the scoring for the senior's first goal of the year, and Clare Theisen put her name on the scoresheet with an assist on Telford's strike.
Elmhurst got on the scoreboard first in the second period to temporarily stop the clock as the goal differential moved to nine at 13-4, but Kelly capped off a hat trick just after the time moved below 26 minutes on the scoreboard in the half to regain a 10-goal lead for the Belles. Theisen added an unassisted goal after picking up a ground ball on a missed shot and depositing a shot of her own into the net on the Belles' next possession. Singler, Stout, Makowski, and Krauss each added to their goal totals over the next 20-plus minutes of play as the Belles put up the second-highest number of goals in a game in program history.
Collectively, the team posted the most assists in a game in program history with 11 helpers on the night. The 30 total points matches the program record for points in a game, and the four goals allowed is tied for the fourth-fewest goals allowed in a game.
Emilie Vanneste led the Belles on both ends of the field with three goals, a program-record four assists, five ground balls, and a program-best seven caused turnovers. The senior co-captain also reached the 100 career ground ball plateau in the win. Kate Kelly added three goals, two assists, seven draw controls, and three caused turnovers. Molly Stout posted a hat trick, and Mary Singler had two goals and three assists on the night. Hanna Makwoski and Abby Krauss each registered two goals. Lauren Telford, Clare Theisen, Rachael Leonard, and Kendra Osinski had a goal each, and Theisen and Osinski each tallied an assist. Cara Givens made five saves in goal.
The Belles (3-3) turn around and host North Central tomorrow night at the Purcell Athletic Fields beginning at 7:00 p.m.