SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Kennesaw State women's lacrosse team ran away with it Sunday afternoon, going on a 12-0 run in the first half for a decisive 19-8 win over Wofford.
10 Owls recorded a goal in the game with Abby Squires (4), Anna Giulitto (4) and Siena Gore (3) all netting at least three goals.
How it happened: Wofford (2-10) struck first with with two goals sandwiched around a goal from Marissa Gore to maintain a 2-1 lead at the 27:10 mark. Then the Owls (5-7) hit the gas pedal as Siena Gore netted her first goal of the game two minutes later to spark a tremendous 12-0 run for KSU.
The Owls dominated the next 14 minutes as seven different Owls found the back of the net. By the time Wofford finally brought KSU's run to an end both Squires and Siena Gore had recorded hat tricks. Chesslyn Lamar capped off the Owls' run, recording a goal in her second straight game to give KSU a 13-2 advantage with 11 minutes left in the half.
The Terriers netted their first goal in over 17 minutes to cut the lead to 10, but freshman RosaLee Schiemer ended the half on a high note with her first career goal to make it 14-3 at halftime.
KSU kept the momentum rolling in the second half as Izzy Bertolani netted the opening goal just over a minute into the half. Wofford did its best to work its way back into the game as the Owls clamped down on defense, scoring the next four straight goals over an 18-minute span.
Giulitto brought the Terriers' hopes to an end with her third goal of the game with 8:50 to play, netting back-to-back goals to push the Owls' lead back to 10, 17-7. KSU netted two more goals before the final whistle, capped off by a goal from Madison McGhee, the 10th Owl to score against Wofford.
Notes: This is the fourth time this season KSU has recorded at least 19 goals in a game … The Owls logged a season-high 10 assists against Wofford, tied for sixth on the single-game record list … Anna Giulitto netted a career-high four goals … Abby Squires recorded her fourth game this year with four or more goals, finishing with four … Siena Gore scored her fourth straight hat trick, 10th game this year with at least three goals … Gore has now scored 50 goals on the year, a mark that is ranked second in KSU single-season history … Emily Napierala dished out a career-high four assists in the game … Haley Swift finished with three assists while Siena Gore tied her career-high with two dimes … with eight saves on the day, Alex Bunn is now the KSU single-season record holder with 119 stops on the year, the previous record was 111 … The Owls finished with a 61.3 shooting percentage, the third game this season they finished shooting better than 60 percent … KSU tied its season-high with 13 caused turnovers … The Owls attempted a season-low two free position shots, finishing 1-of-2 from the hash.
Up next: The Owls dive into conference play with a road game at Kent State Thursday (Apr. 11) at 3 p.m.
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