Lions soar over Hawks, cut down Crusaders

The College’s lacrosse team swept the competition this week, scoring victories against Montclair State University and Susquehanna University.

The two wins leave the College with an 11-2 record for the season.

The No. 5-ranked Lions rekindled their rivalry against the Red Hawks with a 12-10 win as the teams met on the field for the first time in more than 20 years.

The Lions started off the game with an early lead, scoring their first four goals five minutes into the first half. However, the Red Hawks continued to challenge the Lions, staying within two points for the entire game.

Junior midfielder Toni-Anne Cavallo continued to be an asset for the Lions’ offense with four goals and two assists. The teams slowed down the pace in the second half with the Red Hawks scoring four times. The Lions added three more goals to hold on to their lead and the game.

Defense proved to be a big part of the game, as the College caused 20 Montclair turnovers. Junior goalkeeper Caitlin Gregory had three saves for the night but accredited much of the Lions’ success to her defense.

“It’s hard to be a goalie because of the added pressure of being the last one to protect the cage,” Gregory said. “But the girls in front of me worked extra hard to eliminate Montclair’s opportunities and to help me out.”

The defense appeared to break down against Susquehanna University, allowing the Crusaders to score just 18 seconds into the game. However, the Lions came back with a vengeance, letting the Crusaders score only one more goal for the rest of the first half.

The College began to dominate, rattling off goal after goal to take an impressive 14-3 lead at the half.

Junior midfielder Karen Doane and Cavallo once again led the team with four goals each. The goals brought Doane to over 40 goals for the season – the second time she has accomplished this feat. She has 123 goals in 48 games for the Lions. Cavallo had a five-point game, pushing her over the 100-point mark for her career. She has 71 career goals and 32 assists.

Adding to the Lions’ offense was sophomore attacker Rachel Gordon, who scored three times. Gregory once again took home the win with three saves and a final score of 17-5.

“The game gave us an opportunity to put everything together, from attack to defense to goalkeeping,” Gregory said. “It’s one of our last regular-season games to prove ourselves.”

The Lions finish their regular season against Frostburg State University on May 4. Afterward, they begin competing in the NCAA Division III tournament, set to begin May 9.