Farmington Hills, MICH. - The Lawrence Technological University women's lacrosse team battled against WHAC opponent Siena Heights University (Mich.) and came out on top with a 13-10 win on Saturday, March 23rd. For both the Saints and the Blue Devils, this game marked the first game against a WHAC team, preparing them for a conference heavy end to their seasons before heading into championship play.
SIx Blue Devils (2-6, 1-0) got in the scoring column with five of those six scoring more than one goal apiece. Seven of the 14 goals were also assisted. Lawrence Tech amassed 20 turnovers and four yellow cards put this game within grasp for the Saints.
Leading the team in goals was Kaylee Patterson (SO/Grand Blanc, Mich.) with three, Right behind her was Anna Gagnon (JR/Grand Haven, Mich.) with three. Gagnon also had three assists, tied for the top spot with Teagan Laier (SO/Howell, Mich.), who also notched two goals on the day. Kady Waits (FR/Milford, Mich.) and Ashley Sherry (SO/Savage, Minn.) also added to the mix with two goals each and Bella Van Buren (FR/Brighton, Mich.) had one assist and one goal against the Saints. Gabi Larkin (JR/South Lyon, Mich.) was at the center of the circle for most of the game, grabbing four draw controls and three ground balls in the win.
Defensively, LTU capitalized on the Siena Heights (3-4, 0-1) mistakes, including 15 caused turnovers, with Patterson, Abby Barnewold (SO/Lake Orion, Mich.) and Maddie Barnewold(SR/Oxford, Mich.) each grabbing three. Barnewold also led the team in ground balls at four.
The Blue Devils started the game hot with three unanswered goals from three different players, however, a few key mistakes on both ends of the field gave the Saints enough room to find a hole past the defense. While Laier found back to back goals, both fed from Gagnon, Siena again capitalized on a Lawrence Tech mistake to stay within two, going into the half with LTU up 7-5.
While the second went much like the first, with each team putting the same amount of goals up as the first, Siena Heights found the back of the net earlier, putting themselves down by one after back to back goals from Jenna Sommerville of the Saints. While SHU continued to fight back and find the back of the net, the Blue Devils responded much more often, out shooting the Saints 18-8 in the second period.
Up next for Lawrence Tech is Lourdes University (Ohio) on Wednesday, March 27th at Farmington Hills Harrison. Lourdes is 4-6 in the 2019 season, including a 22-1 win against new WHAC opponent Rochester College (Mich.) on Saturday.