MEQUON, Wis. – North Central College scored six-consecutive goals in the second half during Thursday's rainy and cold Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference game before it earned an 11-9 victory over Concordia University Wisconsin at Fitting Field.
With temperatures in the mid-30s and a strong mist coming off the shores of Lake Michigan, both teams braved the elements and played to a 5-5 tie at halftime. After a score by the Falcons less than a minute into the second half, the Cardinals rattled off six-straight to build an 11-6 advantage with 20 minutes to play.
CUW (4-4, 2-2 MWLC) had its opportunities down the stretch, but only managed three goals. Sophomore Emily Heckendorf (Merrill, Wis.) led the Falcons with three goals, while senior Sam Meuwissen (Chanhassen, Minn.) finished with a goal, team-high five ground balls and two draw control wins. Sophomore Hayley Peppers (Franktown, Colo.) also chipped two goals.
Danielle Fiala led seven players who scored for the Cardinals with three scores. She also picked up a game-high seven ground balls and won two draw controls. Leea LoPresti and Gina Fisher each scored twice, and Claire Norfleet led all players with four draw control wins.
NCC (7-3, 5-0 MWLC) capitalized on a Falcon injury during warmups, which forced sophomore Hannah Redden (Libertyville, Ill.) to play between the pipes for the first time in her career. Redden did make a save, but the Cardinals held a 17-13 shots on goals difference.
The Falcons held the Cardinals to just 4-of-12 successful clears, but won just seven of the 22 draw control chances.
Scoring came quick between the two programs, as seven goals were put on the scoreboard less than eight minutes into the game. Junior Breanne Geipel (Hartland, Wis.) opened the game with her first career goal 43 second after the first whistle.
There were seven lead changes and six scoring ties in the contest.
CUW returns to the road for its longest trip of the season at Transylvania University on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST. The Falcons will also play the College of Mount St. Joseph on Sunday at 11 a.m. CDT.