via Webber press release/website
BABSON PARK, Fla. (March 30, 2023) – After suffering back-to-back losses to top-5 opponents, the Webber International University women’s lacrosse team hosted St. Thomas University for the second time this year, this time in Sun Conference action. The Warriors locked in defensively in the second half to fuel themselves to a 16-10 victory.
The Warriors (6-4 overall, 1-2 SUN) took nine more shots than the Bobcats (4-8, 1-3) in total for the game and also forced them into 25 total turnovers on the defensive end.
It took just over a minute for Webber to get on the board as Kaitlyn Patterson received a pass from Bryce Gerber and fired past the goalie for an early 1-0 lead. The Bobcats netted their first goal roughly a minute later and the back-and-forth began as Sydney Britton scored just 20 second later. Back-to-back goals by Patterson and Ayame Macedo earned the Warriors a 4-2 advantage with eight minutes left in the first quarter. The two teams continued to trade goals as Gerber netted her first of the game in between two more goals by St. Thomas. Webber held a one-goal lead heading into quarter number two.
The Bobcats started hot, scoring the first two goals of the second quarter to take their first lead of the game at 6-5. With less than five minutes left in the half, the Warriors scored three times in a two-minute span including a goal by Makayla Senter and two more from Patterson, regaining the lead and extending it to 8-6. Gerber cashed in with her second goal of the game with just 35 seconds on the clock but St. Thomas responded just 16 seconds later to pull back within one at 9-8.
In the second half, the Warriors stayed consistent in the attacking third and buckled down defensively as they allowed just one goal in each of the final two quarters. Webber outscored the opposition 4-1 in the third quarter and 3-1 in the fourth. Gerber found the back of the cage three times in the third quarter while Madison Hamilton, Alia Loydd, and Britton scored in the fourth.
Jordyn Davidson had a great game in net, making several key stops in big moments and tallying a total of 16 saves. Gerber led the Warriors’ offense with five goals and four assists. The sophomore totaled nine points for the game and has now surpassed 100 career points already. She added two ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control as well. Patterson finished with a well-rounded stat line of four goals, an assist, three draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Britton had two goals and two assists while Hamilton totaled two goals and an assist. Hamilton also led the team in draw controls with eight.
Defensively, Macedo led the Warriors in both ground balls with four and caused turnovers with three. She was followed by Gerber, Patterson, and Loydd each with two caused turnovers.
The Warriors now look ahead to Senior Day and their final home game of the season on Saturday, April 1st at 11 a.m. on the Warrior Turf Field against No. 10 SCAD-Savannah.