(PEPPER PIKE, Ohio) – There's a saying in sports that goes "It's not how you start, it's how you finish." Walsh made true on the cliché with a strong finish in a 17-9 victory over Ursuline on Thursday afternoon.
With a two-goal lead in the middle of the second half, the Cavaliers (11-5, 8-3) proceeded to close out the game with six unanswered goals against the Arrows (6-10, 4-7).
Until that point, the Maroon and Gold kept neck-and-neck with the hosts. Walsh jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first 10 minutes, saw the Arrows claim their one and only lead at 4-3 over the next 10, reclaimed the lead, and were tied 6-6 at the half.
The first part of the second half played out like the first as Sam Paulson and Sarah McCormick put Walsh back up 8-6 in the first five minutes. Of course, the Arrows once again tied it after they scored on a player-up and player-down goals.
The yellow card the caused the latter proved pivotal as Jenny Spragg scored on Walsh's player-up opportunity to keep the lead for good with 14:46 to play. It was a sign of things to come as Walsh scored three more player-up goals in the final minutes to put the game out of reach.
Two of those player-up goals came by way of McCormick who led the offense with four goals and three assists. Paulson and Emma Armour also added four goals with Paulson adding an assist for five points on the day. Spragg finished with three goals and an assist for four.
Defensively the Cavs limited the Arrows to 24 shots with 18 on goal. Mikaela Faus stopped eight of them with Rebecca Tomaszewski making one. Sarah Dankowski was responsible for three of the Maroon and Gold's seven caused turnovers while Paulson provided two more. Spragg led the team with four ground balls.
With a playoff bid already secured, the win guarantees Walsh will be no worse than a No. 3 seed in next week's G-MAC tournament at Lake Erie. The Cavs will get an early look at the tournament location as they close the regular season at Lake Erie this Saturday at 1 p.m.