WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After a slow start the Palm Beach Atlantic women’s lacrosse team cruised to a 21-8 victory over Ave Maria on Wednesday night.
Kiki Cinotti became the program’s first 100-point scorer with her fifth assist of the night. She also scored five times in the game to reach the century mark in points in just her 18th game.
PBA trailed 2-0 and 4-2 early in the game to the Gyrenes before embarking on a an 8-0 run to take a 10-4 lead. AMU added a goal just before halftime to end the run as the ‘Fish led 10-5 at the end of the first 30 minutes.
The ‘Fish poured it on in the second half, outscoring AMU 11-3 as Cinotti padded her stat line with four of her five assists. Grace Bartlinski added four goals in the game and one assist as she heads into the next contest on 99 career points.
Nine different Sailfish scored in the game with 10 recording a point. Anna Laskaris added three goals while Nicole Townsend finished with two goals and an assist. Chelsea Smith and Maddie Frye also had multi-goal games for PBA with Kate LeBlanc, Riley Latshaw and Kelly Lyons all finding the back of the net. Lindsey Heffler added two assists.
Lyons and Smith led the team with six draw controls each as PBA dominated at the center circle 19-11. The ‘Fish outshot AMU 41-11 in the game.
PBA is back in action on Saturday, February 29 as they host Gannon at 7 p.m.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Ave Maria University lacrosse team faced off with an NCAA Division II program on Wednesday night, taking on the Sailfish of Palm Beach Atlantic University. The Gyrenes jumped out to an early lead with two goals in the first four minutes, but could not sustain the effort in a 21-8 defeat at the Rinker Athletic Campus in West Palm Beach.
Emma Davis jump-started the Ave Maria attack in the opening minutes, scoring twice in a span of 26 seconds to give AMU a 2-0 lead. Palm Beach Atlantic proceeded to score ten of the last 13 goals in the opening 30 minutes, led by four goals from Kiki Cinotti. Alexis Cirnigliaro scored her first career goal for the Gyrenes, and Aiyanah Simms added two more goals to keep AMU within five goals at the halftime break.
Simms scored the first goal of the second half to help the Gyrenes within four, but the Sailfish responded with eleven of the next 12 goals to pull away from Ave Maria. Calena Carabelli and Simms scored the other two goals for AMU, while Palm Beach Atlantic’s attack in the second half was led by two goals each from Grace Bartlinski, Maddie Frye, and Anna Laskaris.
Four of AMU’s eight goals were provided by Simms, who scored on all four of her shots on goal. The junior also led the Gyrenes with five ground balls, four draw controls, and three caused turnovers. Davis added two goals scored and the lone AMU assist, while grabbing three draw controls and two ground balls. Kaylee Wesolowski made 12 saves in net for the Gyrenes, and added three ground balls to her total.
Cinotti was the game’s most prolific player, scoring five goals and assisting on five others. Bartlinski added four goals, while Laskaris chipped in with three. Kelly Lyons and Chelsea Smith led all players with six draw controls a piece. Abigal Nehring and Sarah Vernarelli split time in goal for the Sailfish, with Nehring playing the first 30 minutes and the last 30 minutes belonging to Vernarelli.
Ave Maria’s next three games will be on the road, part of a roadtrip to the Rust Belt. In a five-day span, the Gyrenes will face Franciscan, Siena Heights and Westminster in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, respectively. The first of those games will be March 3 in Steubenville, Ohio against the Barons of Franciscan University. Opening draw of that match is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.