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NAIA Women: Keiser with the 20-7 Win over Ave Maria – Both Recaps

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No. 5 Women’s Lacrosse Downs Ave Maria on the Road, 20-7

Game Information
Score: No. 5 Keiser 20, Ave Maria 7
Records: No. 5 Keiser (11-3, 5-0 MSC), Ave Maria (5-10, 1-5 MSC)
Location: Gyrene Field, Ave Maria, Fla.

No. 5 Keiser Women’s Lacrosse took home their seventh road win of the season on Tuesday night at Ave Maria, defeating the Gyrenes 20-7.

First Quarter
Keiser 7, AMU 0

  • Keiser was off and running early, scoring the opening goal less than 90 seconds into the contest courtesy of Rachel McLaughlin.
  • Madison Andrews quickly doubled the advantage for Keiser with a goal at the 11:03 mark.
  • Back-to-back goals by Sydney Passaro and Lena Finkelstein extended the Seahawks’ run to 4-0 with 8:07 left in the first.
  • Following Andrews’ second goal, Mia Dyson got on the board with 4:23 remaining.
  • Melanie Brown closed out the first quarter with her first goal to give Keiser a 7-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

Second Quarter
Keiser 10, AMU 5

  • Ave Maria would get on the board at the 9:27 mark to make the score 7-1.
  • Valeria Lomaglio netted her first of the game with 9:14 remaining to extend the Keiser lead to 8-1.
  • The Gyrenes would go on a 4-0 run over about four minutes to slash the Keiser lead down to just 8-5.
  • Lomaglio would put her second into the back of the net at the 3:24 mark to make it a 9-5 game.
  • Talia Myers took advantage of a yellow card to put her first into the back of the net to give KU a 10-5 advantage going into halftime.
Third Quarter

Keiser 14, AMU 5

  • The third quarter began with a couple of hat tricks being completed as Lomaglio and Andrews netted each of their third goals to extend the Keiser lead to 12-5 with 11:56 on the clock.
  • Brown and Andrews would go on to score one more each for the Seahawks as KU would take a 14-5 lead into the fourth.
Fourth Quarter

Keiser 20, AMU 7

  • The Gyrenes would open the fourth quarter with their sixth of the evening to make it a 14-6 game with 14:46 to play.
  • Brown and Finkelstein would respond with both goals assisted by Andrews to grow the Keiser lead to 16-6 with 12:16 left in the game.
  • Following an Orianna Eldridge goal by the Gyrenes, Chloe Foley picked up her first goal of the evening for the Seahawks with 10:26 showing.
  • Bridget Reddington got on the scorer’s sheet with 5:50 to play to up the Keiser lead to 18-7.
  • After Myers’ second of the night, Haley Knudsen scored the final goal for the Seahawks as they came out victorious, 20-7.

KU Highlights

  • 2/4/6: Andrews led all Seahawks with two assists, four goals, and six points on the evening.
  • 5: Hannah Reeder scooped up a team-best five groundballs.
  • 6: Jasmine Sidawi recorded six caused turnovers in the game, good for the third-best mark in program history.
  • 8: Stacey Marcelin played all 60 minutes in the crease for Keiser, stopping eight shots and earning the win.
  • 13: Moving the ball up the field is key and Keiser proved it, going a perfect 13-of-13 in clear attempts. 
  • 30: As a team, the Seahawks recorded 30 caused turnovers in the game which ranks second all-time.
  • 47: KU was a dominant offensive force, outshooting the Gyrenes 47-18.

Team Leaders
No. 5 Keiser
Points: Andrews (6)
Goals: Andrews (4)
Assists: Andrews (2)
Draw Controls: Andrews (6)
Ground Balls: Reeder (5)
Caused Turnovers: Sidawi (6)
Saves: Marcelin (8)

Ave Maria
Points: Eldridge (3)
Goals: Eldridge/Shaffrey (2)
Assists: Eldridge/Baughman (1)
Draw Controls: Eldridge (5)
Ground Balls: Wesolowski (5)
Caused Turnovers: Five Tied (2)
Saves: Wesolowski (21)

Up Next
Keiser will have one final home game to honor their seniors on Saturday afternoon in West Palm Beach, Florida facing the Webber International Warriors at 1 p.m.


Regular Season Concludes for Gyrene Lacrosse

AVE MARIA, Fla.- The Ave Maria University lacrosse team concluded their regular season against the defending national champions on Tuesday, playing the Keiser University Seahawks for the second time this season. The Gyrenes surged in the second quarter to cut a 7-0 Keiser lead down to three, but Keiser controlled the rest of the contest to emerge with a 20-7 win, clinching the Mid-South Conference’s South Division for the Seahawks.

The first quarter was all Keiser, as the No. 5 team in the nation scored seven straight goals to start the game. Six Seahawks scored in the first frame, with Madison Andrews the lone player with two goals. The teams split the eight draw controls, 4-4, but Keiser forced nine turnovers in the opening 15 minutes, and held the Gyrenes to just three shots when they had the ball. 

Ave Maria weathered the early storm, and proceeded to score five of the next six goals in a ten-minute span, cutting the Keiser lead down to 8-5. Emma Baughman was the only Gyrene with two points in this stretch, scoring once and assisting on a goal from Emma Davis, which allowed Davis to tie the school record for goals in a season at 45. Keiser responded with the final two goals of the half, giving the visitors at 10-5 lead at halftime. 

Keiser took the Gyrenes’ best shot in the second quarter, and regained full control in the second half. The Seahawks shut out Ave Maria in the third quarter, and outscored AMU 10-2 in the final 30 minutes to pull away at Gyrene Field. AMU broke their 20-plus minute scoring drought in the first moments of the fourth quarter on a goal from Hannah Shaffrey, while Orianna Eldridge added her second goal of the game at the 11:00 mark to close out AMU’s half of the scoring.

Facing an unrelenting barrage of shots from the Seahawks, Ave Maria goalkeeper Kaylee Wesolowski set a new single-game school record with 21 saves. The senior also scooped up four ground balls to lead the Gyrenes defensively. 

Five Gyrenes had two caused turnovers, led by Francesca Paige, who had three ground balls, and Eldridge, who led the team with five draw controls.Shaffrey and Eldridge were the lone Gyrenes with two goals against the national champions, and Eldridge added an assist to lead AMU with three points on the evening.

The Gyrenes will play next in the Mid-South Conference Tournament, scheduled for April 21-23 in Williamsburg, Ky. on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands. Ave Maria’s opponent for their first round game will come from the North Division, and will be finalized in the leadup to the tournament.