Mariners women’s lacrosse team notches first win

Patricia Dunford scores

Patricia Dunford scores for a 5-4 Mariner lead over Green Mountain. Photo by David Sinclair/courtesy of Maine Maritime Athletics

CASTLETON, VERMONT – Maine Maritime Academy’s women’s lacrosse team won their first game—ever—with a 6-5 win over Green Mountain College on March 27 at Spartan Stadium in Castleton, Vermont. Six different players scored in their first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) victory of the season as members of the first women’s lacrosse team in the history of the maritime college.

After Green Mountain’s (1-4, 0-2 NAC) raced to a quick 2-0 lead, Maine Maritime (1-5, 1-2 NAC) roared right back with a pair of goals to knot the score at 2-2 as Rachael Redles  and Briana Obshatkin each tallied unassisted markers.

Green Mountain scored at the 13:21 mark to restore its lead, but with the clock ticking down towards halftime, Redles found a streaking Taylor O’Malley  crashing the crease to even the score at 3-3 heading into the break.

Green Mountain possessed the ball for the majority of the beginning of the second half, but it was Tori Cooper who found a break in the Green Mountain defense and bounced one past keeper Casie Sharp as the Mariners took their first lead of the game and of their inaugural season.

Green Mountain tied the score at 4-4 with 17:08 to play, before Maine Maritime retook the lead, 5-4, at the 12:46 mark when Patricia Dunford  scored on a free position shot and Ally Fuehrer  added another free position goal just over a minute later to give the Mariners a 6-4 lead.

Green Mountain grabbed its fourth goal of the game with 1:53 left to cut the deficit to 6-5, but the Mariners won the draw and hung on for the victory.

Green Mountain edged the Mariners in shots, outshooting the visitors 16-13, but lost the battle on the ground as Maine Maritime held a 17-10 advantage in groundballs.

Dunford led the Mariners with a game-high four ground balls, three caused turnovers, and two draw controls, while Obshatkin scooped up three ground balls and Abby Yeo (Bucksport, Maine), Morgan Maxwell and Knight scooped up two ground balls each.

Knight collected her first ever win in net for the Mariners turning aside five shots, while Sharp suffered the loss in goal for the Eagles, posting five saves.

Maine Maritime returns to action on Thursday, April 2 when they travel to Southern Maine.


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