Pair of five-goal outbursts keys Mavs’ women’s lacrosse victory
It took one run to open a lead and a second run to put it away.
During a 13-minute span in the first half Tuesday afternoon, the Colorado Mesa University women’s lacrosse team scored five consecutive goals and dominated possession as the Mavericks hammered Rockhurst (Mo.) University in a 16-3 win at Walker Field.
During the second half, the Mavericks opened with another five-goal outburst. Mesa (2-2) also held huge advantages in shots and ground balls.
“We’ve been working, getting the attack to work together and develop chemistry to make the passes we need to make on the attack,” Mavericks coach Abby Simpson said. “Today we were able to connect on those passes.”
Seven of the Mavericks’ goals were assisted, something Simpson said was key to the win.
Ashley Eickhoff led CMU with five points, four goals and one assist, to key the attack. Lexie Chavez, Olivia Porcaro and former Grand Junction High School standout Kacie Jay each had two goals.
Allie Henderson led CMU in assists with three and ground balls with four.
The Mesa defense locked down the Hawks in the second half, allowing only one goal on four shots.
Goalie Jillian Pfeifer got the start in net and picked up the win, needing to make just one save. Lauren Wells relieved her in the second half and also had a slow night, notching only two saves.
Although Rockhurst is a struggling program in its first year, Simpson said the win gave the Mavericks much-needed confidence.
“Competitiveness and confidence in each other is going to help us be successful,” Simpson said. “Confidence in our attack helps us get those great assists, and I really think as we develop together, we’ll do well going forward. We had confidence out there today.”
Colorado Mesa finished 14th out of 17 teams at the Midwestern State Invitational women’s golf tournament in Wichita Falls, Texas.
The Mavericks finished the two-day tournament with 681 strokes, making a nine-stroke improvement in the second round with 336 strokes.
Loren Forney led the Mavericks with 166 strokes on the The Champions Course at Weeks Park, carding an 83 each day and tying for 44th place overall. Teammate Sara Swaney improved five strokes in the second round to finish with an 89-84-173, tied for 73rd place.
Mesa’s Zoe Woodworth and Rachel Cavalier tied for 75th at 174, and Taylor Walters carded a 177, but her second-round 83 was 11 strokes better than her first-round score and matched Forney for the team’s low round in the tourney.
Dallas Baptist won the team title with 606 strokes, seven fewer than runner-up Midwestern State.