Belles Sink Comets in MIAA Opener
- Eleven different players registered at least one point in the win.
- The Belles set single-game records for goals (21) and draw controls (21).
- Saint Mary's scored on 10 of their first 15 possessions.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's lacrosse team picked up a 21-2 win over Olivet to open their conference slate of contests on a rainy Wednesday evening.
The Belles put the first 12 goals on the scoreboard and never looked back. The first six goals scored by Saint Mary's were posted by six different players, and eight different Belles had at least one goal in the opening half of play. Emilie Vanneste set the tone right off of the opening draw. The senior captain pulled the ball straight up off of the draw, raced down field, and played a near-perfect pass to the top of the goal circle to Kendra Osinski. Osinski only had the goalie to beat, the freshman sent home the first shot of the game while scoring the fastest goal in program history just 10 seconds into play.
The Belles scored on 10 of their first 15 possessions of the game to post a 10-0 lead less than ten minutes into the contest. From that lead onward, Saint Mary's held at least a 10-goal advantage. Olivet got on the scoreboard late in the first half and early in the second period to make it a 13-2 game. The Belles, however, closed out the contest with eight unanswered goals for the 21-2 final.
Saint Mary's held advantages in shots (40-8), draw controls (21-4), ground balls (28-15), and caused turnovers (10-5). The 21 goals marks a new program record for goals in a game, and the team matched the single-game record for assists in a contest with 11. The Belles added a program record with 21 draw controls in the win.
Eleven different players registered at least one point in the win. Clare Theisen led the way with four goals, two assists, and a career-high nine draw controls. Molly Stout scored four goals, Emilie Vanneste chipped in three goals and two assists, and Hanna Makowski and Kendra Osinski each registered a hat trick with three goals apiece.
Rachael Leonard scored a pair of goals and tied the program record with four assists while adding five ground balls. Kate Kelly posted a goal, seven ground balls, and six caused turnovers. Lauren Telford netted a goal, and Caleigh Gainey, Mary Singler, and Abby Krauss each tallied an assist. Cara Givens made four saves in goal.
The Belles (4-5, 1-0 MIAA) travel to Trine for an 11:00 a.m. MIAA contest against the Thunder on Saturday.