SAU women’s lacrosse sweeps weekend foes

By: By Troy Baranik - SAU Sports Information Director

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University women’s lacrosse team dominated their weekend opponents routing Div. II Southern Wesleyan University (S.C.) 14-5 on Friday and defeating NAIA foe Concordia University of Ann Arbor (Mich.) 16-7 on Saturday.

The Lady Knights are now 4-4 on the season, their first time reaching .500 during coach Brooke Johnson and their most overall wins since 2013.

SAU 14, SWU 5

St. Andrews got off to a nice 4-1 lead in the first half before Southern Wesleyan rallied for two goals to trim it to 5-3 with 13 minutes to play.

The Lady Knights added two more goals before the half to lead 7-3 at the break.

After the Lady Warriors opened the second half with a goal to trail 7-4, St. Andrews went on a 4-0 run to lead 11-4 to put the game away with 15 minutes to play. Junior defender Kelsey Houser closed the game with her second career goal scoring off an assist from senior midfielder Allie Aycock with 14 seconds to play.

The Lady Knights outscored Southern Wesleyan 7-2 in the second half.

St. Andrews was led by four goals each from sophomore attackers Victoria Washington and Tameria Richmond. Richmond added an assist to lead with five points as well as five draw control wins and a caused turnover. Washington also added a team-high five ground balls with three draw control wins.

Aycock tallied two goals with two assists for four points along with three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Senior attacker Taylor Sehm-Crowley added two goals with four groundballs, four draws, and two forced turnovers. Freshman midfielder Danielle Butterworth contributed an assist and five groundballs while fellow freshman Briana Minter came up with a goal.

Junior goalie Mia Ortiz finished the game with four saves on nine shots on goal while St. Andrews won the ground-ball total 23-9 and outshot the Warriors 37-18.

SAU 16, Concordia-Ann Arbor 7

The Lady Knights got off to another good start on Saturday running out to a 5-0 lead after the first 13 minutes of play. St. Andrews took a 6-1 lead into the break by outshooting the Lady Cardinals 11-10.

St. Andrews increased their lead to 10-2 with 18 minutes to play before Concordia University added two more goals to trim the Lady Knight’s lead to six and forcing a timeout. St. Andrews finished the game on a 6-3 run as Concordia University wasn’t able to get within six goals the rest of the game.

Tameria Richmond played a stellar game leading the team with a season-high seven goals and an assist for eight points on eight shots. The Lady Knights sophomore leads the team with 23 goals and 28 points on the season. Richmond also won a team and season–high of nine draw controls.

Taylor Sehm-Crowley tallied three goals and two assists for five points along with two groundballs, two draws, and two caused turnovers. Victoria Washington added three goals and five draws with a groundball while Danielle Butterworth added two goals as well with two groundballs.

Mia Ortiz had her best game of the season making 14 saves on 21 shots with a groundball while she averaged just six goals over the two games with 18 saves.

St. Andrews improves to 4-4 on the season with the wins while Southern Wesleyan falls to 0-6 and Concordia moves to 0-5.

The Lady Knights continued their homestand on Monday hosting conference foe Asbury University (Ky.) (1-3).

By Troy Baranik

SAU Sports Information Director