Bulldogs' Defense Flexes Muscles in Win Over Hiram

Freshman Olive Stevens (3) scored four goals and added four ground balls and seven draw controls in Adrian's 15-4 win over Hiram on Tuesday (Photo by Mike Dickie).
Freshman Olive Stevens (3) scored four goals and added four ground balls and seven draw controls in Adrian's 15-4 win over Hiram on Tuesday (Photo by Mike Dickie).

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College women's lacrosse team picked up its third win of the young season with a 15-4 victory over Hiram College on Tuesday, March 19. The win puts the Bulldogs ahead of their win total from last year, only four games into the season.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Adrian 15, Hiram 4

Location: Adrian, Mich. (Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium)

Records: AC 3-1, HC 2-5

HOW IT HAPPENED

Adrian scored the first six goals of the match, setting the tone early with a pair of goals by sophomore Erika McDonald. The Bulldogs made sure to capitalize on Hiram's mistakes, scoring on free position shots while a man up directly following a yellow card by the Terriers. Freshman Olive Stevens scored the first such goal and sophomore Gwyneth Carlson netted the second. Hiram scored the next goal after Carlson, but AC answered back quickly with goals from Stevens, freshman Cristin Culbertson, and Carlson to give the Black and Gold a 9-1 lead at the break.

Hiram scored the first goal of the second half but Adrian responded with a pair of goals from Carlson, one while a man down and then while a man up 1:12 later. The Terriers scored while a man down themselves, followed by two more Adrian goals and one final Hiram goal from the free position as time expired. Adrian has now won both of its last two games by double digits and has score double-digit goals in all four games this year.

TOP DOGS

• Senior Annie Rice led the Bulldogs with eight points, scoring twice and adding six assists.

• Carlson and Stevens had four goals each to lead the squad and McDonald added three.

• Carlson had five ground balls to lead the team while Stevens, Rice, junior Maddie Nicholas, and senior Rachel Smestad had four each.

• Stevens had an impressive seven draw controls, of the team's 12.

• Senior Hannah Emerson and freshman Sydney Doroh split time in net, combining for two saves.

THE OPPOSITION

• Alexis Hirsch had two goals and Katelyn Slomovitz and Christina Belleza each scored once.

• Kelsey Morgan and Gillian McMaster led the Terriers with three ground balls apiece while Slomovitz led the team with five draw controls.

• McMaster made six saves in the loss.

QUOTABLE

• "We had about a two week break in our schedule so I was worried that we'd have a little rust to knock off, but our defense played really well tonight and limited Hiram's scoring opportunities. Amanda Tuckey, Rachel Smestad, Jordyn Wainio, and Brooke Barabas have been great for us in the defensive end all year and we are also working Hannah Roegner back into the lineup right now and she has been outstanding in coming back from injury and not missing a beat." - Head Coach Brett Asher

• "In the attacking end and in the midfield we continue to get really good contributions from a lot of people and our ball movement has really picked up over the past couple games. Our next game, against Augustana, is against a real quality opponent so that will be a good test for us." - Asher

UP NEXT

The Bulldogs hit the road again for their final game before conference play with a 1 p.m. contest with Augustana on Sunday, March 24. Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play starts the following Wednesday, March 27, with a game at Alma.

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