The Saint Mary women's lacrosse team captured a much-needed 11-8 win over Midland on Saturday at Charles J. Berkel Memorial Stadium in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) action.
USM (2-2, 2-1), who bounced back from a disappointing 11-10 overtime loss to Clarke earlier in the week, led 5-2 at halftime and on more than one occasion, built a five-goal lead only to see Midland make things tense.
“This conference win was huge for us and we proved ourselves, and with all our conference matchups being so close, this puts us in a good seeding,” USM head coach Rainey Whitworth said. “The short bench isn't a factor. These girls are tough and each game we go in with specific strategies that we stick to throughout the game. Everyone on the roster has bought in and sees the program's future.”
Hannah Byrd led the Spires offensively with four goals while Jessie Hushaw added three goals. Karissa Proctor finished with two goals and did strong work at the faceoff. Rachel Kozusek had one goal and one assist.
Kayla DeBlois played all 60 minutes in goal and made five saves.
“The start to the season is a good one,” Whitworth said. “The Clarke game should have been ours, but we learned a lot that game that motivated us through the Midland game.”
The Saint Mary men's lacrosse team continued their early season success with another win on Friday night, besting Robert Morris 16-5.
The Spires are now 4-0 heading into spring break.
The Spires got out to a 7-0 lead by halftime and led 12-1 by the end of the third quarter before allowing four fourth-quarter goals. Saint Mary has won each contest this season by 10 or more goals. The average margin of victory is 15 goals so far this season.
Three Spires scored four goals in the match with Matthew Waeckerle and Tyler French notching four goals and four assists each.
Billy Dineen finished with four goals and three assists.
Saint Mary won 20 of the 25 faceoffs in the match as Luke Fogo claimed 18 of his 23 faceoffs.
The Saint Mary baseball team was swept in a three-game KCAC series at No. 5 Oklahoma Wesleyan over the weekend, falling 9-8, 14-4 and 9-2 in the three games.
The Spires are now 8-11 overall and 4-7 in KCAC play.
In the first game, Zack Novis tossed seven strong innings. Novis allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out two and walking four against one of the top offenses in the conference. Mike Amado would take the loss in relief.
Shun Tsunoda led the offense with three hits in the loss.
In the second game of the series, Oklahoma Wesleyan would get four runs in the bottom of the third inning, but Saint Mary responded with two runs in the fourth. The Eagles would pull away in the final three innings, scoring three runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to take the victory.
Matt Weis took the loss on the mound. Juan Gallardo had a two-run home run for the Spires.
The final game of the series saw the Spires trailing just 5-2 heading into the sixth inning, but four Oklahoma Wesleyan runs in the sixth put the game away and gave the Eagles the 9-2 victory.