Strong Second-Half Lifts Warriors to Victory
BABSON PARK, Fla. (March 7, 2023) – In what was its fourth home game in a row, the Webber International University women’s lacrosse team hosted Tennessee Wesleyan University in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday afternoon. After a close battle in the first half, the Warriors exploded offensively in the second half on their way to a 21-8 victory over the Bulldogs.
The Warriors (4-2 overall) outshot the Bulldogs (0-5) 39-24 in total and 32-18 in shots on goal.
Webber scored the first three goals of the game over the opening five minutes, courtesy of Sydney Britton, Bryce Gerber, and Kaitlyn Patterson. TWU later scored its first of the game but a second goal from Gerber restored the three-point lead for the Warriors. The Bulldogs scored three-straight, two of which were man-up goals, to tie the game up at four apiece heading into quarter number two.
It took less than 30 seconds for TWU to score its first goal of the second quarter, taking the lead at 5-4. Webber responded by scoring five in a row over the next four and a half minutes or so. Three of the five goals were netted by Gerber. The Bulldogs scored twice more in the quarter as the Warriors held a halftime lead at 10-7.
The Warriors were much more aggressive after the break and broke the game open, outscoring TWU 9-1 in total for the third quarter. Multiple people got in on the action including Makayla Senter who scored back-to-back goals that were just nine seconds apart. Webber added two more in the fourth quarter while holding the Bulldogs scoreless.
Several Warriors recorded their first goals of the season including Maria Horrell, Ayame Macedo, and Natlaie Bartek. Leading the way however was Gerber who tallied seven goals and four assists, tying her career-high of 11 points in a single game. She was followed by Patterson who also set a career-high in points with seven, as she recorded four goals and three assists. She also led the team in draw controls with seven. Britton, Senter, and Alia Loydd all scored two goals each as well.
Defensively, Madison Hamilton led the Warriors in caused turnovers with two and added three draw controls as well. Senter and Bartek both led the team in ground balls with three each.
Next up, Webber’s five-game home stretch comes to a close as it hosts Division-II Emmanuel College on Thursday, March 9th at 1 p.m.