Bulldogs Double Up Scots to Open MIAA Play

Senior Annie Rice continued her dominance, totaling eight points in Adrian's 14-7 win over Alma on Wednesday for her third straight eight-point game (Photo by Mike Dickie).
Senior Annie Rice continued her dominance, totaling eight points in Adrian's 14-7 win over Alma on Wednesday for her third straight eight-point game (Photo by Mike Dickie).

ALMA, Mich. – The Adrian College women's lacrosse team defeated Alma College 14-7 in the first game of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play this season. With the win, the Bulldogs have won their MIAA opener for the first time since the 2014 season when they defeated the Scots at home, 15-4. This is AC's best start since the 2013 season when the Black and Gold also started 5-1 and won 10 of their first 12 games en route to a 16-4 season.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Adrian 14, Alma 7

Location: Alma, Mich. (Bahlke Field)

Records: AC 5-1 (1-0 MIAA), Alma 3-4 (0-1 MIAA)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Adrian jumped out to a hot start, despite giving up the first goal of the game just over a minute in. The Bulldogs took a 6-2 lead before the hosts were forced to call a timeout to try and slow things down with 17:41 left in the first half. The team was helped in large part to senior Annie Rice, the reigning MIAA Offensive Player of the Week. Rice had three goals and two assists on those six goals prior to the timeout. The rest of the half was less eventful, but still controlled by AC, with the Black and Gold taking a 9-4 lead into the break. Sophomore Gwyneth Carlson and freshman Cristin Culbertson each scored before and after the timeout to join Rice with multiple goals by halftime.

It took five minutes this time, but Alma scored the first goal of the second half, just like the first. And once again Adrian responded strongly, scoring the next three goals, including the first two from Rice, to hold a 12-5 advantage before calling timeout with 19:48 left to go in the game. Only two goals were scored in the next 10 minutes of play before the Scots called timeout again, with 9:26 remaining. Both goals were by the home team, cutting the Adrian lead to 12-7. The Bulldogs' defense clamped down in the last 10 minutes to keep Alma off the board and the offense added two more to give the Black and Gold the 14-7 win in the first conference game of the season.

TOP DOGS

• Rice led the offense once again, finishing with five goals and three assists. Carlson was next with four and Culbertson had three to be the only Bulldogs with double digit goals.

• Carlson scooped up nine ground balls to lead the squad, freshman Brooke Barabas and senior Rachel Smestad and senior goaltender Hannah Emerson each had five, and Culbertson and junior Maddie Nicholas had four each.

• Carlson also led the team in draw controls, with seven.

• Culbertson was also effective defensively, causing four turnovers in the game.

• Emerson made six saves in the win.

THE OPPOSITION

• Courtney Hartnagle and Olivia Benoit led the Scots with two goals apiece.

• Benoit had five draw controls.

• Allie Ray made 14 stops in goal.

UP NEXT

The Bulldogs have their conference home opener scheduled for this Saturday, March 30 when the Calvin College Knights come to town for a 5:30 p.m. game.

 

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