Putting the ball in the net is a feat easier said than done. On a Saturday, March 12 afternoon contest with Elmhurst College, the John Carroll University Women’s Lacrosse team made it look easy.
The Blue Streaks offered a 21 goal offensive performance in the 21-5 victory over the Blue Jays from Elmhurst.
It was a battle of the second year programs on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Don Shula Stadium. The Blue and Gold featured 11 different scorers in the victory that helped the squad improve to a 3-1 record in the early stages of the season.
After an opening tally from the visitors, freshman attack Jillian Millard and sophomore attack Grace Curatolo combined for three goals to give JCU a 3-1 lead in the opening minutes of the first half. Elmhurst would answer with two quick strikes, thanks to Phoebe LeRoy and Ellen Brown.
JCU looked to freshman midfielder Alexis Guage to give the hosting Blue Streaks a 4-3 lead. The go-ahead goal is the first for Guage in her JCU career. From there, it would be smooth sailing for the John Carroll offense.
After the mid-way point of the first frame, the Blue Streaks exploded to a 9-5 lead to take them into the locker room at halftime. The fifth goal for the Blue Jays came with just 2:44 remaining in the first half. That would later represent the final tally for the visiting Blue Jays.
The second half was more of the same offensively, but the Blue and Gold added a stiffening defensive effort to compliment to the offense. Freshman Goalie Mara McCormick replaced sophomore goalie Caroline Smith between the pipes for the second half. McCormick would make four saves and hold the Blue Jays scoreless in the second half.
JCU would add 12 unanswered goals in the second half to insure the victory. In total, 11 different Blue Streaks found the back-of-the-net in the afternoon clash, the most different scorers in program history.
Leading the way for JCU was Millard (four goals, one assist), sophomore midfielder Meghan Harte (three goals), Curatolo (three goals and four assists) and sophomore Mary Jo Murino (six ground balls). JCU featured six different multi-goal scorers in the game.
The hosting Blue Streaks dominated the box score earning a 38-11 shot advantage and a 37-18 ground ball advantage.
With the victory, JCU moves to 3-1 on the season.
Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University women’s lacrosse team returned to action on Wednesday, March 16, against Oberlin College. Head to jcusports.com for a full game recap and box score.