The second-ranked University of Mary Washington women's lacrosse team downed Messiah College, 21-9, on Saturday afternoon in Mechanicsburg, PA. The Eagles improve their record to 5-1 overall. Senior Julia Albert put together a spectacular day as she recorded seven goals and five assists.
Kristen Kunaniec got the scoring started with a goal on an assist from Allison Davis just 2:03 into the game. 51 seconds later, Albert scored a goal on a free position shot that put the Eagles up 2-0. Messiah answered with two straight free position goals and the score was tied at 2-2 with 26:15 to play in the first half.
Mackenzie Maguire added a goal with 19:14 left on a free position shot to put the Eagles up 3-2. Again Messiah scored two straight goals, the second one coming with 15:24 remaining that gave the Falcons a 4-3 advantage.
Kennedy King ended that two-goal spurt by the Falcons as she scored her third goal of the season to tie the game at four a piece. Hope Lockwood then scored a goal on an assist from Albert, and Albert scored on an assist from Lockwood to put the Eagles up 6-4 with 6:29 left in the half. Messiah ended the half by scoring two goals and tying the game up at six.
In the second half, Albert scored a free position goal just 1:22 in and then added her third goal of the game on an assist from Kunaniec 2:05 in to give UMW an 8-6 lead. Messiah put one in the back of the net to go down just one, 8-7.The two teams traded off goals as Lockwood scored on an assist from Paige Haskins, and Messiah scored with 23:04 left to put the score at 9-8.
From there, the Eagles took control of the game as they scored nine straight goals. Albert began the run as she scored unassisted, and then Maguire added a goal on an assist from Albert with 22:17 to play in the game. King scored on a man-up opportunity off an assist from Albert, and Davis followed that goal up with one of her own on another assist from Albert to give UMW a five goal lead, 13-8.
Albert scored two straight goals, one coming on a free position shot, to give the Eagles a 15-8 lead with 13:36 left. King added her third goal of the game with 11:41 to play. Haskins scored two straight, one on an assist from Savannah Boyd and the other on an assist from Albert to put UMW up 18-8 with 10:19 remaining in the game.
The Falcons put an end to that run as they scored with 7:08 to play. Davis scored her second goal of the game on a free position shot to up the lead to 19-9 with 5:34 left. Tess Siburn scored off an assist from Maguire with 1:46 and then Morgan Shorts capped the scoring on the day off an assist from Siburn with just seven-seconds left to help UMW secure a 21-9 win.
Hanna Ashby made seven saves in goal and also picked up four ground balls on the day. Haskins caused two turnovers on the defensive end, while Davis led the team with 12 draw controls.
UMW will be back in action on Tuesday as they will host Kean at the Battlegrounds at 4 p.m.