SOMERSET, N.J. – Saint Elizabeth senior midfielder Meghan Murphy scored a team-high nine goals for the second straight game, leading the Screaming Eagles to a 17-7 victory in non-conference lacrosse action at Soccer Centers on a chilly Thursday afternoon.
CSE (2-0) begins the season with consecutive victories for the first time in program history (the Screaming Eagles started lacrosse just four seasons ago).
Screaming Eagles Senior Dina Toledo got the scoring started on Thursday afternoon, netting an unassisted score at 22:05 to ignite a 3-0 CSE run. Murray followed with a pair of goals before Cedar Crest (0-4) broke through with a free-position goal at midway through the half.
Toledo answered with her first two goals of the 2013 season and an unassisted score by classmate Cassidy Crane helped the Screaming Eagles open up a 6-1 lead.
The Screaming Eagles took a 7-3 lead into halftime after a goal from Christina Rios, off a pass from Crane, in the final two minutes.
CSE controlled the action for much of the first 30 minutes, outshooting Cedar Crest 23-11 while holding a 18-7 edge in ground balls.
Murray, who leads the team with 18 goals this season, scored twice to start the second half and the Screaming Eagles opened up a comfortable 9-3 lead after Toledo finished off a pass from Christina Rios for her third goal of the afternoon.
The Screaming Eagles again held the offensive advantage in the second half (17-10 lead in the shot category) on the way to its second win of the young season.
Murray tied her season high with the nine goals and added a game-high 10 ground balls and six caused turnovers. Toledo finished with four goals while Crane and Christina Rios both added a goal and an assist apiece.
CSE goalie Barbara Beresova posted five saves in net for her second win of the season.
The Screaming Eagles travel to Long Island on Saturday, facing the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at 1 p.m.