March 23, 2013

No. 16 Christopher Newport Messes with Methodist

from press release

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Behind an electric offensive attack, which saw 11 different players score a goal, the 16th-ranked Christopher Newport women's lacrosse team posted its ninth straight victory with a 25-3 win over Methodist on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Captains Turf Field.

During the game, Lauren King and Ashton Marshall each came through with five points for CNU, while Nina Stinson scored four times. Jessica Singer and Becca Geist also added hat-tricks to round out the team's top scorers.

With the victory, CNU improves to 9-1 on the season and 4-0 in USA South action. Methodist falls to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in league play.

After Hope Motahari opened the scoring just 48 seconds into the game for the Monarchs, the Captains answered with incredible results. Geist and King scored back-to-back goals during a 17-second window before Marshall seized control of the game. The nation's leading scorer drove home three straight goals and later assisted on a tally by Geist during a four-minute roll. Incredibly, four of CNU's scores during that stretch came with a man down following an early Captain yellow card.

Leading 7-1, Geist set-up Marshall's fourth goal of the game before Singer uncorked two straight bullets to the back of the net. Needing one more score for a running clock, Rachel Tomlinson came through with her first of the game before helping out on Singer's third goal to give the hosts an imposing 12-1 advantage.

Following Methodist's second goal of the game to pull back within 10, CNU's young guns took over during the last part of the first half. Freshman Elena Obregon started the surge with her first goal of the game before Stinson rocketed home a pair. Later, fellow first-year standout Olivia McMurtrie capped off the six-goal streak, which also featured scores by Tomlinson and Geist, to close out the half with an 18-2 lead.

Although the offense lifted the Captains to the huge lead, the team's defense also did its job. Hanna Slough stopped three shots, including a nice save on a free-position attempt, while Emily Johnson forced a pair of turnovers. Sam Puglisi and Kelly Lane also caused miscues by the Monarchs to help stifle the visitors' attack.

In the second half, Lane showed off her offensive chops as well, scoring the first two goals of the period before helping out on Stinson's third score of the game. With the contest out-of-reach at 21-2, the Captains slowed the pace and eased into the victory.Kirsten Mendelsohn added two late goals, including one set-up by Rachel Wall, while Stinson rounded out her outstanding afternoon with one final goal.

Following Methodist's last score late in the period, Grace Valentine capped off the scoring for the Captains after capitalizing on an assist by King to close out the 25-3 victory.

Overall, CNU held a 42-6 edge in shots and a 26-16 advantage in ground balls. The Captains also controlled 24 of the game's 29 draws during a dominant effort in every facet of the game.

On the defensive end, Johnson and Lane each caused a pair of turnovers, while Slough finished with three saves. Methodist's Ashley Cannon stopped five shots for the Monarchs.

Christopher Newport will return to action tomorrow when the squad hosts Meredith at 1 p.m.

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