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Ave Maria rips off 17 unanswered goals, led by school-record nine by junior Emma Davis
BABSON PARK, Fla. – The Ave Maria University lacrosse team erupted for 17 unanswered goals, including a school-record nine from junior Emma Davis, to cruise to a 19-2 road win over Webber University on Thursday evening.
Davis, who registered four of her goals in the first half and five in the second, shattered the program’s previous single-game goal record of seven held by Katelyn Sherman (three occasions) and current AMU senior Aiyanah Simms.
The Gyrenes’ offensive explosion came after they trailed for eight of the opening 11 minutes by two separate one-goal margins.
Davis answered Webber’s first tally at the 24:48 mark of the opening half with a successful free position shot that made the score 1-1.
After the Warriors reclaimed the lead at 2-1 on a goal by Kaitlyn Patterson, freshman Monrae Prentice once again deadlocked the scoreboard for AMU at 2-2 with her second score of the season at 18:22 – in what would prove to be the first of 17 consecutive goals for the Gyrenes to close out the victory.
Contributing in the barrage in the first half, which would see the Gyrenes outscore the Warriors 8-2, was sophomore Samantha Freeze, Simms and freshman Orianna Eldridge, who would each post a score. Davis would add three more goals, to finish with a total of four in the opening 30 minutes.
The Gyrenes kept pouring it on in the second half – shutting out the Warriors over the final 30 minutes of action by an 11-0 margin.
Simms sandwiched her second and third goals of the contest around a tally by teammate Alexa Keeler in the initial 10 minutes after the break – making the score 11-2.
Then it was time for Davis – who erased any doubt by scoring each of the game’s next five goals over a span of 14 minutes to increase AMU lead to 16-2.
Freshman Jeanine Sullivan added a pair of goals over the final 3:35 and Keeler added her second score at 1:50 to round out the scoring.
The Gyrenes outshot the Warriors in the contest 40-17 – with 33 of those on goal. AMU dominated draw controls 17-5 and forced Webber into 12 of its 33 turnovers.
With the victory, the Gyrenes improve to 1-3 on the season and up their Mid-South mark to 1-2. Webber slips to 0-4 both overall and in the conference.
AMU returns to action on its home turf on Wednesday, March 31 when it hosts No. 7 Life (Ga.) University in a Mid-South Conference clash at Gyrene Field beginning at 6 p.m. EDT.
BABSON PARK, Fla. (March 25, 2021) – The Webber International University women’s lacrosse team dropped the final home game of its inaugural season, falling 19-2 against nationally-recognized Ave Maria University on Thursday evening on the Warrior Turf Field.
It was actually a great start to the game for Webber, which took its first lead in a game in program history when Natalie Baumgarten scored less than a minute and a half in to make it 1-0 Warriors.
Then nearly six minutes later, Kaitlyn Patterson scored to give Webber another one-goal lead up 2-1.
From there, however, Ave Maria scored twice in 11 seconds to tie it and then take its first lead with 18:11 left in the first half, which was the beginning of seven straight goals to close out the first half for the Gyrenes.
Ave Maria then held Webber scoreless in the second half and scored 11 more goals to make it an 18-0 run overall to end the game.
The Warriors recorded season-highs in shots (17), groundballs (35) and in caused turnovers (9), and allowed their fewest goals in a game so far this season.
Goalkeeper Ashley Bosch finished with a career-high 14 saves and a career-best .424 save percentage.
With the loss, Webber is now 0-4 both overall and in the Mid-South Conference, and finishes its first season 0-3 at home while Ave Maria, which is mentioned in the receiving votes category of the latest NAIA Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Poll, improved to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the MSC.
The Warriors’ final two road games of their inaugural season will be at Ave Maria at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, and then at No. 7 Life University at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14.