(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Saturday afternoon was one to remember for Walsh women's lacrosse as it set a school record for goals scored in a 21-5 defeat of visiting Ohio Valley. The Cavaliers' (1-1) previous single-game high was 20 goals in a 20-10 win over Ursuline at home on April 4, 2014.
The Fighting Scots (0-1), who were playing their first game in program history, actually opened the game with the first goal on a free position shot 2:20 into the game. However the Cavaliers stormed back on an FPS of their own by Lane Brunakala to tie the game, then took a 3-1 lead after Sarah McCormick scored two goals despite being down a player on two assists from Aly Jajack.
OVU scored the next goal to make the score 3-2, but the Cavs responded with another goal down a player as Jajack found the back of the net on an assist from Maria Nobile. That goal started an 11-0 run to close the half and give Walsh complete control of the game.
Kendra Cowen-Tripp scored an unassisted goal to match the previous scoring record which made the game 20-4. Skylar Crandell set the new mark on an assist from Emma Armour with the final goal of the game.
Jajack was perfect on the day as she scored on all five shots taken on the day. McCormick added four goals and two assists. Armour tallied three goals and an assist.
Defensively McCormick was strong off the draw with four draw controls. She added two ground balls as well. Maria Nobile won three draw controls in addition to causing two turnovers with one ground ball.
Mikaela Faus picked up the win between the pipes as she made five saves on 13 shots faced.
Overall Walsh outshot the Scots 33-13 and held the advantage on ground balls by a 16-7 count.
Walsh now heads to North Carolina for a pair of games over spring break. First up on the docket is a contest at Brevard with a 12 p.m. start on Tuesday.