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22-goal outburst sets up Blue Streaks for postseason play

April 30th, 2015

 

Tying the John Carroll University women’s lacrosse record for goal in a game, JCU throttled Muskingum University on Saturday, April 25 in New Concord, Ohio, defeating the Fighting Muskies, 22-3.

 

It was the fifth time this season that the Blue Streaks eclipsed 20 goals, with the Blue and Gold matching the 22-goal output exactly two weeks prior against Wilmington College.

 

JCU’s star of the day was freshman Gina Vilsack, who netted a career-high and program-record eight goals in the victory, adding three assists as well.

 

Although JCU dominated nearly the entire contest, the first half was as close to a perfect half as the Blue Streaks have played all year, shutting out the Fighting Muskies 11-0. But it was not just the goals where JCU held a healthy advantage, the Blue Streaks also outshot their opposition 25-1 and won the groundball battle, 24-18.

 

Muskingum scored their first goal of the night with just over 21 minutes left in the second half, halting JCU’s 13-0 scoring run. After allowing their first goal of the game, the Blue Streaks stretched the lead to 18-1 before the Fighting Muskies mustered up another before JCU ended the game with another four straight goals.

 

Other Blue Streaks to score in Sunday’s matchup were freshmen Chelsea Jackson (5), Annamae Bolen (3), Rosterita DiMillo (2), Grace Curatolo (2), Meghan Harte (1) and junior Kaley LaForce (1).

 

After the game, Vilsack touched on what her career-day meant for her, “It was an awesome feeling. I had a few personal goals that I wanted to achieve by the end of the season, so I knew I had to have a strong performance.”

 

Vilsack continued, “I couldn’t have done it without some great assists from my teammates.”

 

With the victory, JCU finished the regular season with a 10-4 record overall and 3-2 record in Ohio Athletic Conference play, earning them a No. 2 seed in the OAC Tournament, which began play on Wednesday, April 29.

 

Editor’s Note: The Blue Streaks returned to action on Wednesday, April 29 in the semifinal round of the Ohio Athletic Tournament against Baldwin Wallace University at Don Shula Stadium. Head to jcusports.com for a full box score and game recap.