CARLISLE, Pa. – An 18-goal output from the Susquehanna women's lacrosse team was enough to propel the Crusaders to a season-opening 18-14 win at Dickinson on Thursday evening. The victory marks the second-straight season-opening win for SU.
Emma Ehler (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and Michelle McGinniss (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) had four goals apiece – two of six players to record at least two goals in the victory. In addition, with her 11 draw control wins, McGinniss became the all-time leader in draw controls in program history.
As a team, SU (1-0) out-shot Dickinson (1-2) 38-31 and Crusader goalie Emily Stankaitis (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) stopped 12 Red Devils shots during her 60 minutes of work in the net.
The game was effectively put out of reach thanks to a 10-goal first half from the Crusaders and they were able to withstand Dickinson's 10-goal second half of its own.
It took Ehler less than three minutes into her season to score her first goal, an unassisted score, which gave SU its first lead of the spring. The teams traded goals before Ehler's second unassisted goal at the 20:30 mark gave the Crusaders a two-goal edge (3-1).
Dickinson made it 3-2 just 30 seconds after Ehler's second goal but freshman Becky McHugh's (Royersford, Pa./Archbishop John Carroll) first collegiate goal put SU back in the lead by two (5-3).
That score sparked a stretch of five unanswered goals for the Crusaders that included a second score from McHugh and two goals from classmate Annie McElaney (Natick, Mass./Natick). Dickinson did score the final goal of the first half but still trailed Susquehanna 10-4 at the midway point of the game.
Each team netted two goals within the first 10 minutes of the second half as SU maintained a 12-6 lead with 20:04 remaining. Goals from McGinniss and Brynn Reid (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove) over a 12-second span upped that lead to 14-6 with 19:40 left to play.
As the clock wound down inside the 10-minute mark, the Red Devils strung together back-to-back goals that made it 17-11. In fact, they scored four of the final five goals of the game but it was too little too late as the Crusader offense was too much to overcome.
Susquehanna next embarks on its spring break trip to California and will first face Claremont on March 3 at 4 p.m.