Belles Take Down Thunder
- Saint Mary's out-shot Trine 43-7 while collecting 25 ground balls to the Thunder's 14.
- Mary Singler led the Belles with eight points - four goals and four assists, which matches the most assists in a single game in program history.
- Kendra Osinski added four goals and two assists, and Kate Kelly netted a hat trick with three goals and one assist while leading the team with five draw controls.
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Saint Mary's lacrosse team scored the first seven goals of the game and never looked back in a 20-4 MIAA win over Trine on Saturday.
The Thunder had the first strong scoring chance of the day. An attacker for Trine cut along the right side of the critical scoring area and took a shot from well inside the eight-meter fan, but Cara Givens came up with a big save while directing the ball to Kate Kelly to keep the game scoreless. The Trine goalie was equally up to the task in the early going as the Thunder netminder made saves on each of the Belles' first four shots on frame. Saint Mary's controlled the ground ball after that fourth shot and made the most of the extended possession as Lauren Telford broke through for the first goal of the game 4:06 into the contest.
That first goal opened up the flood gates of scoring for Saint Mary's. Emilie Vanneste won the next draw control and scored on a free position shot 16 seconds later. Another won draw led to a goal by Clare Theisen as the Thunder called a time out to try to slow the momentum Saint Mary's was building. A minute later, Theisen caused a turnover, and Molly Stout sent home a free position shot for a 4-0 lead for the Belles. It was then Kate Kelly's turn to win the draw and score the quick goal to push the lead to 5-0 through the first 6:25 of play. Kendra Osinski and Mary Singler each added a goal over the next several minutes to make it 7-0 Saint Mary's with seven different goal scorers building the lead.
After Trine put back-to-back goals on the scoreboard, the Belles rattled off six goals over the remainder of the first half of play to take a commanding 13-2 lead. Saint Mary's then opened up the second period with four consecutive goals for an 18-2 advantage. The Thunder put consecutive free position goals on the scoreboard with less than ten minutes left in the contest, but the Belles regained the 16-goal lead after Mary Singler and Rachael Leonard each scored and picked up an assist on each other's goal to close out the 20-4 win.
Saint Mary's out-shot Trine 43-7 while collecting 25 ground balls to the Thunder's 14. The Belles also had more draw controls (17) than Trine (8) while committing eight fewer turnovers (16) than the Thunder (24).
Mary Singler led the Belles with eight points - four goals and four assists - while matching teammates Emilie Vanneste and Rachael Leonard for the most assists in a single game in program history. Kendra Osinski added four goals and two assists, and Kate Kelly netted a hat trick with three goals and one assist while leading the team with five draw controls. Clare Theisen and Rachael Leonard each tallied two goals and an assist, and Theisen paced the team with five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Lauren Telford collected two goals, and Hanna Makowski, Molly Stout, and Emilie Vanneste each posted a goal. Cara Givens made a pair of saves in goal.
The Belles (5-5, 2-0 MIAA) host Calvin on Tuesday, April 11 starting at 6:00 p.m.