ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Olivia Miller’s man-up tally with 11 and a half minutes to play before intermission restored Washington’s lead for good and a run of seven unanswered goals in the second half wrapped up a 19-12 victory in women’s lacrosse Saturday at Centennial Conference rival Muhlenberg.
Washington (4-3) moved to the plus side of .500 and, with one game remaining, is assured of a non-losing season.
Washington’s losses are to No. 1-ranked Franklin and Marshall, No. 4 Salisbury and No. 5 Gettysburg.
On Saturday, senior midfielder Anna Bennett totaled career highs of five assists and eight points, and was one of four Shore ladies to net hat tricks. She also won a career-best 10 draw controls, moving to third all-time in program history with 154.
Bennett’s second goal of the afternoon came in a 5-0 run — with scoring from five different players — that bridged the first and second halves, turning a 6-5 deficit into a 10-6 lead.
Sydney Allender, on a look from Miller, leveled the score at 6-6 with 13 minutes, 32 seconds remaining before the break. Miller (from Bennett) at 11:39, Morgan Sutherland at 7:34 and Bennett at 4:15 closed out the first-half scoring.
Sutherland and Bennett both scored on free-position shots as part of the crew that established a program record of nine free-position goals in a game.
Washington’s Colleen Keefe netted the first goal of the second half, with the assist credited to Abby Laubach, to stretch the lead to 10-6 with 3:55 elapsed.
The Mules (1-4) pulled to within 10-8 with 25:11 to play after scoring twice in the span of 25 seconds, but Washington’s women scored the next seven goals to pull away. Laubach started the run with a free-position goal at 22:18. Laubach scored again at 18:53, and then came Keefe, Allender, Bennett, Ellie Morrall and Miller. Bennett assisted Laubach, Morrall and Miller.
Washington’s largest lead of the afternoon was 19-9 on Miller’s free-position goal with just over seven minutes to play.
The locals led in ground ball pickup, 20-12; draw controls, 21-12; and shots, 42-22.
Washington concludes its season Saturday, May 1 at home against conference rival Dickinson. It is Senior Day. The opening draw is at 3 p.m.
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Saturday also was a memorable day for Muhlenberg’s men, who toppled the Shoremen, 14-3.
The Mules (3-3) won for the third game in a row to improve to 3-1 in the conference, matching their best-ever CC start. They equaled the program record for fewest goals allowed in a Centennial Conference game and the 11-goal margin of victory was their largest ever in a CC game.
Attackman Ethan Grossman, one of 15 Muhlenberg seniors honored before the game, scored three times to become the program’s all-time leader with 103 career goals and tied the record of 18 career hat tricks. He also holds the program records for career points and career assists.
It was a forgettable day for Washington’s men, who dropped their fourth game in a row — all in conference play. They are 1-4 in the CC and 2-5 overall.
Chase Orr, Logan Clefisch and Ewan Temple each scored a goal for the Shoremen, in the first, second and third quarters, respectively.
Washington was kept off the scoreboard over the final 22 minutes, 20 seconds.
Chris Del Rosario was credited with 14 saves.
Washington concludes its season Saturday, May 1 at home against conference rival Dickinson, beginning at noon. This is Senior Day and also will be the last game for 11-year head coach Jeff Shirk, who has accepted a new job as athletic director of a K-12 private school in Florida.