Women's Lacrosse cruises past Cornell in home MWLC win

Photo by Jordan Vredeveld
Photo by Jordan Vredeveld

MEQUON, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin had 11 players score at least a goal during a lopsided 20-3 victory over Cornell College during Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference play at Fitting Field. The win has the Falcons undefeated in league play and keeps them in the race for the top seed in the upcoming MWLC Tournament in May.

CUW dominated nearly every statistical category against the first-year program, and showed its offensive talent in the middle of the game with 13-consecutive goals. The Falcons had season highs in points, goals, assists, shots, shots on goal and draw control wins. It was their most statistically convincing victory of the season thus far.

As their offense engaged the running-clock rule with six-plus minutes to go before halftime, CUW's defense was locking down Cornell in the first half with suffocating woman-to-woman pressure on the clear. The Rams converted just 11-of-22 clear attempts in the game, including a dismal 6-of-14 in the first half. The Falcons also forced 22 turnovers of which 12 were caused.

Freshman Allison Kurek (Chicago, Ill.) led all players with five points (four goals) and won six draw control. Senior Hayley Peppers (Franktown, Colo.) recorded a hat trick, while four of her teammates found the back of the net twice each. Senior Hannah Redden (Libertyville, Ill.) also dished out four assists. Junior Katherine Pauletti (Roseville, Minn.) ended the victory with a career-high three points (two assists), while freshman Amanda McKay (Portland, Ore.) tied her career-best with two assists. In all, four different Falcons picked up at least three ground balls and three players won at least three draw controls.

Senior Emily Heckendorf (Merrill, Wis.) and freshman Caitlin Henry (Lansing, Ill.) led the defensive efforts for CUW with three caused turnovers each. In goal, senior Rebecca David (Oregon, Wis.) made six saves. The Falcons finished the game 3-of-6 on free-position attempts.

Cornell (0-12, 0-5 MWLC) was led by Shannen Van Alstine who found the back of the net twice. Ebele de la Bay-Coffie was impressive in goal at times and finished with 15 saves and 10 ground balls, but turned the ball over eight times.

CUW outshot Cornell 46-9, including 35-8 on goal, held a 20-5 draw control win advantage and shutout the Rams on free-position attempts (0-of-4).

The Falcons (7-4, 5-0 MWLC) host Wartburg College on Sunday at 1 pm needing a victory to secure at least a share of the MWLC regular season title.