March 13, 2012

Messiah Women Easily Dispatch St. Mary's

from press release

- Messiah College women's lacrosse team opened up their Spring Break games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with an impressive 16-3 win over St. Mary's College of Maryland. The Falcons were able to control and dominate the game by winning several draw controls and keeping possession of the ball in their attacking third.

Messiah was eager to start their spring break trip off the right way as the Falcons pulled out to a commanding 11-1 lead at halftime. Junior Maddy Comfort, who switched to defense this year, was able to win most of the draw controls and give the Falcons possession of the ball in most of the first half.

"Maddy has been a huge impact player for us," head women's lacrosse coach Heather Greer commented. "The way she has anticipated passes has been unbelievable. With the amount of turnovers Maddy caused and the draw controls she won we were able to keep the ball, and you have to have the ball to score."

Maddy had three draw controls for Messiah, with teammates Lizzy Keeney picking up five and Rachel Dirksen adding four.

The Falcons scored in bunches and they did it in with a "total team effort" against the Seahawks. Eleven different Falcons scored in the game which led to the incredible defeat of St. Mary's College of Maryland. Eight Falcons scored one goal, Rachel Dirksen scored four, Carly Bajus and Jaime Gerhart added two each.

"It definitely was a total team effort. We were really balanced in our attack and we were able to attack and score in a variety of ways," added Greer. "It all started with our dedication to working hard in both first and second efforts."

The Falcons defense has been exceptional as they have held opponents to single digit scores three of their five games this season. Against St. Mary's Messiah was able to force a multitude of turnovers. Senior Jess Stevens had four caused turnovers and Maddy Comfort forced three.

"It was wonderful to see everyone working on the same page," stated Greer. "We had a lot of beautiful assists in the second half and were able to feed off of each other."

Five of the last six goals of the games Messiah scored off of an assist from a teammate. The Falcons will look to use a similar passing attack in their next spring break game against Rowan University.

Messiah will look to start the season 6-0 when they face Rowan University on Thursday at noon in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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