CLEARWATER, Fla. (March 6, 2019) – The USMMA women's lacrosse team completed its spring break trip down to the Sunshine State with an 18-3 victory over King's College (Pa.) on Wednesday morning at the Countryside Sports Complex. The win improves the Mariners' record to 2-0 on the young season, while the Monarchs fall to 1-3 in defeat.
Senior Meredith Willard (Portland, Maine) recorded six points in the game with five goals and one assist. Freshman Jessie Wohner (Norfolk, Va.) added four goals and junior Grace McHugh (Sturbridge, Mass.) scored three times and dished out one helper. Freshman Maddie Schmidt (Mechanicsville, Va.) found the back of the net twice, while seniors Jessica Reilly (Sayville, N.Y.) and Maura Malone (Yorktown, Va.) both had a goal and assist apiece. Junior Angela Parker (Bowie, Md.) and freshman Cara Bebey (Fairfield, Conn.) rounded out the scoring for Merchant Marine with a goal each.
Reilly led all players with seven draw controls, while Schmidt secured four and Malone had three. Willard had a team-best four groundballs and Bebey scooped up three. In net, senior Hannah Gizzi (Finksburg, Md.) made five saves over the 60 minutes to record the victory.
Three different players scored goals for King's – freshmen Jen O'Connor, Brianna Raucci and Emily Sims. O'Connor assisted on Raucci's and Sims' goals to finish the day with a team-high three points. O'Connor also secured a team-best five draw controls. Junior Kelly Pierce picked up a game-high five groundballs, while also leading all players with four caused turnovers. Sophomore goalie Orla Cottell made 12 saves in the losing effort.
The Mariners will return to New York and will play their home-opener on next Tuesday night, March 12, against Connecticut College. Opening draw is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. Live stats and a live video feed of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Women's Lacrosse Schedule Page.