(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – A fast start helped Walsh get back in the win column with a dominating 19-4 victory over a talented Lourdes team in the rain on Tuesday. The Cavaliers improved to 6-3 on the season, while the Grey Wolves dropped to 6-4.
Both teams exchanged goals in the first couple of minutes on free-position shots, but afterwards the Maroon and Gold reeled off seven-straight to take control of the game. Lourdes answered with the next two scores to make the game 8-3, but the Cavaliers countered with the final six goals of the half to force a running clock the rest of the way.
Lane Brunkala and Kendra Cowen-Tripp provided the bulk of the offense on the day with six and five goals, respectively. The majority of those came on free positions as Brunkala scored on four attempts and Cowen-Tripp found the back of the net on two more. Overall Walsh was excellent from eight meters and scored on 7-of-9 attempts.
Defensively Walsh was excellent as well. Lourdes' Alyssa Long entered the game averaging nearly seven points per game. She was limited to one, the Grey Wolves' first of the game on a free-position.
Mikaela Faus picked up the win as she allowed just three goals and made six saves before giving way to Rebecca Tomaszewski for the final 10 minutes. Faus added two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Luisa Landaverde caused a pair as well and came up with four ground balls. Jenny Spragg was excellent off the draw and hit double-digits with 12 controls.
Walsh will now hit the road for its final non-conference game of the year in Buckhannon, W.Va., to take on West Virginia Wesleyan this Friday at 6 p.m.