Tigerville – Women’s lacrosse rode a strong offensive attack and an even stronger defensive effort on Tuesday to an 18-1 win over Lees-McRae in Pepsi Stadium.
The Crusaders scored early and often, opening the game with seven unanswered scores, including a pair of scores from Aly Estes with the help of two assists from Jillian Chiesa and Brenis Napoli.
The Bobcats broke their scoring drought with 10:33 left in the first half with a score from Beth Haynes. Chiesa got herself in the scoring column later in the half when her one timer made it 8-1 with just over five minutes left in the half. Bridgett Sewell was credited with the assist.
Rachel Kellogg would tack on two more goals in the first period with another from Olivia Foltz to extend the lead to 10 (11-2). Foltz then opened the second half scoring with a goal to make it 12-1 less than one minute into the period.
The final 29-minutes of the game would be all NGU. Kellogg would add four more goals while Brenis Napoli would add back-to-back scores which made it 16-1. Kellogg’s final two extended the lead to 17 in favor of the Crusaders.
NGU finished the day with 38-shots on goal and 48 total shots. North Greenville teammates dished out eight assists during the game. Chiesa led the way in that category with three helpers. Kellogg finished with a game high seven goals with 15 shots on frame.
Defensively North Greenville allowed the Bobcats just seven shots all game, five of which were on goal. Chiesa led all field players with three groundballs. Kellogg was also key on the defensive end of the field, causing a game high three turnovers. Four players finished with a pair of caused turnovers.
In the net, Sydney Taylor was solid, finishing with four saves while facing five shots on frame. She improved to 7-5 as a starter after the match. North Greenville improved to 7-5 as a team and 6-1 in Conference Carolinas play.
The Crusaders head to Central to take on second year program Southern Wesleyan University on Saturday at 4 PM.