March 6, 2012
Women's Lacrosse Opens Season With 16-12 Victory Over Marymount in Florida
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Swarthmore College women's lacrosse team (1-0) kicked off its season with a bang, defeating the Marymount Saints (0-2) by a score 16-12 in its first contest of the 2012 season on Tuesday afternoon in Clearwater.
Sophomore Corrine Sommi scored six goals, junior Annalise Penikis scored four goals and added three assists, and freshman Sara Lentricchia scored a trio of goals in her collegiate debut. Junior Nicole Vanchieri, junior Beth Martin, and freshman Elyse Tierney also scored for the Garnet.
Freshman Megan McGuirk led the Marymount Saints with three goals and four assists.
The Garnet offense started things quickly when junior Sommi opened things up with an unassisted goal and Penikis added another goal less than two minutes later to put the Garnet ahead 2-0.
But Marymount freshman McGuirk struck back in less than thirty seconds later with a goal on a free position shot to make the score 2-1 in Swarthmore's favor.
Lentricchia was able to sneak in another goal to put the Garnet up 3-1, but Marymount freshman Taylor Johnson scored off of an assist from McGuirk to make the game 3-2. Both Sommi and Penikis struck again to put the Garnet up 5-2, but Marymount wouldn't relent, making the game 5-3 off of an unassisted goal from freshman Catherine Powell.
However, the Garnet were able to go an a three goal run with help from Lentricchia, Sommi, and junior Nicole Vanchieri, putting the Garnet ahead 10-3 at the half.
In the second half, Marymount struck first with an unassisted goal from sophomore Lindsay Bullock, making the game 10-4, but Lentricchia struck once again making the game 11-4.
Throughout the half, the Garnet would find itself fending off the Saints' effort to mount a comeback. Marymount added five additional goals within the first 15 minutes of play, including goals from senior Tracy Weatherford, McGuirk, Johnson, and freshman Molly Maher.
Luckily, Lentricchia, Sommi, Penikis, and freshman Elyse Tierney had answers to those goals, scoring along with the Saints to make the game 14-9 in Swarthmore's favor.
In the final 10 minutes of play, the Saints added three goals from sophomore Chelsea Ritter, Weatherford, and Johnson, but Garnet junior Beth Martin and Sommi would any thoughts of a late-game rally, each adding a goal to bring the game to the 16-12 final.
Swarthmore returns to action in Clearwater on Thursday against No. 20 Elizabethtown.