DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sophomore McKenzie Jacksonscored a game-high five goals to lead the Embry-Riddle women’s lacrosse team to a 16-10 win over Palm Beach Atlantic, Wednesday at the ERAU Lacrosse Field. Wednesday’s result was the first Sunshine State Conference win of the season for the Eagles who are now 9-4 overall and 1-1 in league play. Palm Beach Atlantic is now 5-5 on the year and 0-2 in the SSC.
The Eagles won the first half outscoring the visitors by six goals to take a 10-4 lead at the break.
The Sailfish struck first when Kiki CInotti found the back of the net at the 28:43 mark, but the Eagles behind a Jackson hat trick that came in a nine-minute span, reeled off six straight goals to take a 6-1 lead. Cinotti, who also had a first-half hat trick, found the back of the net again in the 14th minute for PBAU’s second goal of the game, but a goal each by Jackson and Elizabeth Ninesling, and a pair of scores by Tori Lammes gave the Blue and Gold a 10-2 lead before Cinotti and Grace Bartilinski added a goal apiece for the 10-4 halftime score.
An even second half saw both the Eagles and the Sailfish tally six goals each. Both sides traded goals to start the second frame until a two-goal spurt by ERAU allowed the Eagles to increase the margin to eight goals (16-8). The Sailfish enjoyed a brief run of their own, scoring the game’s final two goals in the last 90 minutes of play, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Eagles who pulled out the 16-10 win.
Jackson finished with seven points, adding two assists to her to go with her season-high five-goals, 12 ground balls and 10 draw controls. Ninesling, Mya Watson and Kendall Leonard each tallied two goals with Ninesling picking up 10 ground balls and winning seven draws.
Cinotti matched Jackson’s seven-point night, dishing out four assists to go with her three goals.
The Eagles face one of their toughest challenges of the season on Saturday when they travel to Lakeland to take on eighth-ranked Florida Southern. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic women’s lacrosse couldn’t overcome a slow first half against Embry-Riddle on Wednesday, falling to the Eagles 16-10.
The Sailfish and ERAU played to an even 6-6 score in the second half but built a 6-1 and 10-2 lead in the first half that was too much for PBA to overcome. Kiki Cinottinotched the first goal of the game for the ‘Fish as she opened the scoring just over three minutes into action.
Cinotti finished with three goals and four assists to lead the ‘Fish with seven points. Grace Bartlinski added a hat-trick of her own, scoring her first just 35 seconds before the end of the first half. Alyssa Yates added three points of her own, recording two goals and an assist in the second half. Kate LeBlanc and Lindsey Heffler also recorded goals for PBA.
Abigal Nehring made 12 saves in goal for PBA despite the loss. The Eagles took 35 shots in the game while PBA countered with 24. Embry-Riddle was able to put 28 of their shots on target with PBA managing just 17 on frame. LeBlanc and Nehring led the way with five ground balls each while LeBlanc also recorded three caused turnovers.
The Sailfish are in action once again on Saturday as they host No. 21 Saint Leo at 5 p.m.