Women’s Lax Wins Home Opener; McGinniss Reaches Milestone
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – No. 17 Susquehanna women’s lacrosse defeated Lebanon Valley 15-9 in their home opener on Wednesday. In the process, junior midfielder Michelle McGinniss (Randolph, N.J. / Randolph) scored her 100th career goal.
The Crusaders (6-0) rattled off three goals within the first seven minutes of the game. Emma Ehler (Chatham, N.J. / Chatham), the reigning Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Week, scored first followed by senior Lindsey Derstine (Coopersburg, Pa. / Southern Lehigh) off a feed from Emma Jones (Wolfeboro, N.H. / Brewster Academy).
Jones notched a score of her own with an assist from Meredith Crane (Maplewood, N.J. / Columbia) as SU jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
The Dutchmen (3-1) got on the board at 24:06 to trim the SU lead to 3-1. But a pair of goals by Brynn Reid (West Grove, Pa. / Avon Grove) gave the Crusaders a 5-2 lead with 12:08 remaining in the half.
Ehler scored twice more in the first and McGinniss fired in two scores, including her 100th career goal with 2:47 to go in the opening period. Jones registered another score as the Crusaders took a commanding 10-3 lead into intermission.
Lebanon Valley, however, began the second half with three unanswered goals to cut the lead down to 10-6. But SU responded with four straight scores with Crane notching two goals and Reid and Annie McAlaney (Natick, Mass. / Natick) accounting for the others to make the contest 14-6 in favor of SU.
The Dutchmen countered with three more unanswered goals but Ehler scored on a free position shot with 34 ticks left to ice the game 15-9.
Emily Stankaitis (Honeoye Falls, N.Y. / Honeoye Falls-Lima) registered 13 saves and McGinniss had a game-high six ground balls and five draw controls.
The Crusaders are back in action on Saturday, as they host Alvernia at 1 p.m.
Game Note: Lebanon Valley featured senior Allison McGinniss, older sister of Michelle. During the McGinniss sisters’ four years going head-to-head, Michelle had the upper hand as SU posted a 4-0 record against LVC. Michelle totaled seven goals and two assists in those games and Allison had three goals and one assist.