SOMERSET, N.J. – Saint Elizabeth junior Meghan Murray scored six goals and classmate Cassidy Crane added three scores as the Screaming Eagles cruised past Wilson by a score of 15-6 on a blustery Wednesday afternoon in North Eastern Athletic Conference lacrosse action at Soccer Centers.
The victory was the first conference win for Saint Elizabeth (2-7, 1-4 NEAC) in just its third season as a lacrosse program.
The Screaming Eagles raced out to a 3-0 lead at the start of Wednesday’s match. Murray scored two goals in the first 78 seconds, the second coming on a free-position attempt and Crane followed 30 seconds later with her ninth score of the season.
After Wilson broke through with their first goal, Saint Elizabeth rattled off three more goals – two by Murray – and opened up a commanding 6-1 advantage. Sophomore midfielder Christina Rios netted her third goal of the season at 18:05 off a pass from junior Dina Toldeo.
Amy Rowe made it into the scoring column at 12:26, her second goal of the season, and Toledo added her fifth goal of the year at 7:24 to put CSE up 8-2. Veronica Stawinksi contributed her fifth score of the year at 2:35 and Saint Elizabeth carried a 9-3 advantage into halftime, despite trailing in the shot category (13-12).
The second half saw Saint Elizabeth impose its offensive will, out-shooting Wilson 15-7.
Freshman Samantha Cicio opened the scoring in the half with her third goal of the season on a free-position shot. A pair of Murray goals sandwiched a free-position goal by Crane and the Screaming Eagles had a 13-3 lead.
Crane would complete her hat trick at 13:46 after scoring on a pass from Rowe. Christina Rios completed CSE’s scoring barrage with seven minutes left in the game, one-timing a pass from Murray into the left side of the Wilson cage.
CSE junior goalie Barbara Barasova made seven saves to limit the Wilson attack.
Murray added five ground balls and three caused turnovers. The midfielder leads the team with 29 goals (a program record) and 32 points.
Toledo also scooped up five ground balls while controlling five draws.
Jami DeVanie led Wilson (2-5, 0-4 NEAC) with three goals.
The Screaming Eagles (2-7, 1-4 NEAC) travel to Cedar Crest on Thursday afternoon before returning home to Soccer Centers this Saturday, April 14 for a 1 p.m. NEAC game with Penn State-Abington.