SBC and Engster Earn First Win, Five Players Post Multi-goal Games
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. --- Sweet Briar College lacrosse picked up the season's first win on Monday, March 10. The Vixens beat Bryn Mawr by the score of 16-8 in Chaplin Park. With the victory, Engster records her first win as a collegiate head coach.
Sweet Briar opened game scoring within the first minute when Reba Gagne (Old Lyme, Conn. / Old Lyme) converted a pass from teammate Kimberly Orchowski (Crofton, Md./Arundel). Bryn Mawr answered with back to back goals and then SBC's Dayze Gaulin (Freeport, Maine/Freeport) knotted the scored (2-2) on a free position goal.
At the 23:37 mark the Owls took the lead, but Orchowski pulled her side even with an unassisted goal a little over a minute later. Bryn Mawr then rattled off three unanswered scores to take a 6-3 lead midway through the first period. Sweet Briar pieced together a three-goal run and looked to enter the half deadlocked, but the Owls tucked one in with twenty-two seconds remaining in the period. At intermission, SBC faced a one goal deficit.
The second half proved to be the difference in the game. Monica Ewansik (Gibsonia, Penn. / Pine-Richland) netted an unassisted goal twenty seconds into the period and Sweet Briar never looked back. The Vixens scored nine goals in a row and took a commanding 15-7 lead with just under ten minutes remaining in the contest.
Bryn Mawr scored at the 7:27 mark, but the damage was done. SBC held the Owls to a single goal in the second half and with that performance, Vixen lacrosse earned its first victory of the season.
First-year goalkeeper Emily Williams (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community) played the full hour in goal and made four saves to preserve the win. Williams is now 1-2 on the year.
Orchowski again lead the Vixen attack; she posted four goals and three assists in the game. Ewansik kept her hat trick streak intact, thus far the first-year has netted three goals in each game she has played. Gagne picked up her first three-goal game of the season and both Allison Hassard (Greensboro, N.C. / Grimsley) and Allison McLamb (Ellicott CIty, Md. / Howard) added two goals apiece.
Post game, Coach Engster shared that this was a breakout game for her squad. "For the first time this season, the team played well for the entire 60 minutes. Winning as many draw controls as we did and maintaining possession in transition really was the difference for us today."
With the win, SBC improves to 1-3 on the season. The team heads to Savannah, Ga. on Friday, March 14 for a contest with Savannah College of Art and Design. Game time is set for 11 a.m.