March 29, 2013

Battle for WILA Lead Goes the Way of Lindenwood

Denver, Colo.: The top two teams in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association did not disappoint the fans showing why Regis and Lindenwood are the top two teams in the WILA.  Lindenwood came out on top 15-13 to overtake the WILA lead.

Lindenwood (8-0, 3-0 WILA) jumped out to a 4-1 lead just nine minutes into the game.  The Regis defense started to buckle down and didn't allow the Lions to score for over 13 minutes in the first half and junior Danica Cutshall who scored a team-high three goals scored two of them back-to-back.  Regis (6-4, 5-1 WILA) tied the game at five with 5:35 left in the first half when Hilary Duda notched one of her three goals.

Each team closed out the first half with two goals including a goal by Melissa Smith of Lindenwood with just two seconds left to tie the game at 7 going into the break.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair with Lindenwood striking first just a minute and a half out of halftime.  Regis tied the score just 21 seconds later when Erin Dybus scored a goal.  Lindenwood scored two in a row, Regis responded with two in a row of their own before the Lions scored two more to take a 12-10 lead with 17:57 left in the game.

Erin Todd scored back-to-back goals to tie the game before Emily Behr scored a goal with just over 12 minutes left in the game to give the Rangers a 13-12 lead.  Unfortunately that would be the last time the Rangers would score.

Melissa Menchella scored twice for Lindenwood the latter coming with 9:17 left.  Justinene Groothuis put in an insurance goal with 5:24 left.  LU got a draw control and ran out the last couple of minutes for the win.

Dybus also tallied three goals, while Cutshall led all players with four assists.  Cutshall tied Jessika Carlstrom with three ground balls apiece.  Cutshall also led the team with six draw controls, while contributing to the defense with two caused turnovers.

Sierra Perrella had three caused turnovers, while Erin Flynn came off the bench to force two turnovers.  Emily Elkins was second on the team with four draw controls.  Gianna Lombardi had 11 saves in goal for Regis, while also getting one ground ball.

Regis hosts Colorado College next Thursday at 4:00 p.m.