February 21, 2012

Dickinson Women Upend No. 20 Elizabethtown

from press release

The Dickinson College women's lacrosse team opened the 2012 season with a strong outing, holding off No. 20-ranked Elizabethtown College, 13-11, on Tuesday afternoon.

First-year Ali Dawson (Carle Place, N.Y./Carle Place) put the Devils in the board, scoring twice and dishing out an assist to give Dickinson a 5-0 lead at the 17:13 mark. Dawson struck first, scoring off an assist from classmate Carly O'Brien (Cranbury, N.J./Princeton Day), just under five minutes into the contest.

A talented corps of first-years showed well in the opening minutes as first-years Megan Taylor (Kensington, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) and Kelly Haglund (Chevy Chase, Md./Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart) put the Devils up, 3-0, with 23:24 remaining in the half.

The Blue Jays answered with three straight goals, to cut the margin to 5-3 with 12:43 to play in the half. Dawson struck again before senior Taryn Abbassian (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills) found the net to stretch the Red Devil lead to 7-4.

Leigh Flounlacker scored her third of the day before Dawson tallied her fourth collegiate goal with 7:04 on the clock. Senior Kaity Moore (Chestertown, Md./St. Andrew's, Del.) found a lane to the goal, netting her first of the season to give the Devils a 9-5 advantage with 5:59 to play in the first half.

The Blue Jays sandwiched a pair of goals around another strike from Abbassian to make the score, 10-7, at the 1:50 mark. The Devils had a shot in the final seconds of the half, but the goal was disallowed, coming just after the halftime buzzer.

Founlacker wasted little time in the second half, scoring just 3:19 after the break to pull Elizabethtown with two at 10-8. Dawson came through again for the Devils, scoring three minutes later to give Dickinson another three-goal advantage.

Abbassian and sophomore Lauren Jonas (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) capitalized with extra-man goals to stretch the lead to 13-8, with just over 21 minutes remaining in regulation.

The Blue Jays continued to chip away at the lead. Emily Butler found the back of the net, off an assist from Madelyn Schnader before Flounlacker added her fifth goal of the game at the 8:40 mark to bring E'Town within three goals.

Samantha Redles made things interesting with a final tally at the 6:38 mark, but the Red Devils were able to run off some significant minutes down the stretch to secure the win.

Dawson led the way in her collegiate debut, scoring five goals and handing out an assist. Abbassian finished with three goals on the day while O'Brien tallied a pair of assists. Haglund controlled four ground balls while Mollyann Pais (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) caused a pair of turnovers and controlled three ground balls.

Junior goaltender Amanda Morse (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) turned in a strong performance, making 11 saves. Rachael Waldman made 13 stops for Elizabethtown (0-1).

The Red Devils (1-0) travel to the St. Paul's School in Maryland to face St. Mary's College on Saturday at 3:00 pm.

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