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Trailing 3-1 after the first 11 minutes of game action, the Wilmington University women’s lacrosse team went on to score eight of the final 10 goals in the first half en route to a 20-10 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over Post at LaMoy Field.
The stretch started with four straight goals while another three consecutive goals later in the first half stretched the Wildcat (3-13, 3-7 CACC) lead out to 8-4 before they took a 9-5 advantage into the halftime break. Four straight goals out of halftime allowed Wilmington to cruise to the finish line, outscoring Post (2-13, 2-8 CACC), 11-5, in the second stanza.
The Wildcats were led by Megan Keffer and Liz Case who put up seven and eight point, respectively. Keffer went off in the second half, scoring five of her six goals in the second 20 minutes, adding an assist on one of Case’s goals. Case tallied five goals in the contest, closing in on 100 for her career now with 99, while adding three assists. Case is now eight assists away from 100 for her career.
The teams traded goals to start the game, as Keffer put the Wildcats on the board with a goal off a free-position shot with 25:24 remaining in the first half. Post responded with two goals to take a 3-1 lead with 19:15 to play. Just less than two minutes later, Jaclyn Hall scored the first of what would be four straight goals for the visitors, in a run that would give the Wildcats the lead for good.
Case followed with the tying goal 50 seconds later before Rebekah McCurry scored her first goal of the game with 14:51 to play to put Wilmington in front, 4-3. Another three goal stretch with tallies from McCurry, Case, and Molly Taylor, the last coming with 5:59 to play in the half, put the Wildcats ahead 8-4. McCurry finished off her first half halt trick with an unassisted goal, the final of the half, with 1:21 to play before the halftime whistle. Wilmington led, 9-5.
Brittany Rhodes scored the first goal of the second half, starting a run of four straight by the Wildcats to open the half. Keffer followed with the first of her second half goals while Case and Jaclyn Hall helped extend the lead out to 13-5 with 21:40 remaining in regulation.
The teams traded the next five goals before Keffer went on a personal tear, scoring three straight over a 1:54 span, two of which came from an 8-meter shot. Penelope Fantis got in on the scoring act with a goal with 11:41 to play followed by Case’s fifth and final mark of the game, rounding out the Wildcats scoring with 9:06 left.
Wilmington took 31 shots, 17 of which came in the first half, to Post’s 22. The other crucial stat categories were even throughout the game, including 16-16 draw controls and 14 Post ground balls to Wilmington’s 10. The Wildcats converted on 5-for-10 free-position shots, as compared to Post’s four opportunities. The Eagle’s did convert on three of them, however.
Kaitlyn Hall recorded nine saves on the afternoon, including six in the second half to pick up her third win of the season. Erika Baez made five stops in the first half for Post, but could only record two saves in the second half to finish with seven on the day.
The Wildcats round out their 2013 season with a nonconference night game next week. The team heads to in-state rival Delaware State on Tuesday to play under the lights. Opening draw is set for 7:00 p.m.
Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013 - Waterbury, Conn.