Leif Johnson

Staff Writer

The Millersville Women’s Lacrosse team opened the 2016 campaign this past weekend with two commanding victories over West Virginia Wesleyan and Wilmington. The Marauders proved impressive on both the offensive and defensive sides of the field by putting up 37 goals overall while only surrendering six goals to their two opponents.

The weekend began on Saturday morning with the Marauders racing to a 7-0 lead over the visiting Bobcats of West Virginia Wesleyan before the Bobcats were able to put one in the net. That did not deter the Marauders from adding to their lead and coasting to a 17-5 victory.

Leading the offensive charge for Millersville were senior Bridget Hufnagel and sophomore Sabrina Fusco who both tallied five goals apiece in the victory. Also a key in the victory was the dominating performance in the circle where the Marauders were able to control the draw and thus control the ball. In the goal, freshman keeper Bryana Weston-Wyatt, who has stepped in for the injured sophomore Shannon Davis who has a torn ACL, made seven stops to earn the win.

Millersville celebrates a 2-0 start to the season.
Millersville celebrates a 2-0 start to the season.

Millersville continued their dominance on Monday afternoon at Chryst Field when they played host to the Wilmington Wildcats. Again, the Marauders built up an impressive 6-0 lead before the Wildcats were able to score what would prove to be their only goal of the afternoon. Following the lone Wildcat tally, Millersville would find the back of the net three more times in the first half including Fusco’s goal just before the horn blew to give the Marauders the 9-1 advantage at the half. The offensive onslaught continued in the second half leading to a 20-1 victory.

Like Saturday, Hufnagel and Fusco paced the Marauders with four goals and two assists each. Junior Jamie Damirgian helped Millersville continue their dominance in the circle by snatching up eight of the 20 draw controls that Millersville would win, surrendering only two to the Wildcats.

The Marauders continued to hold firm on defense, which included a solid performance by freshman Brooke Davis, who scooped up five ground balls and caused two turnovers. Weston-Wyatt continued to step up in the net making five more saves including several point blank stops to keep Wilmington from gaining any momentum.

Head Coach Mia Hall noted the importance of this strong start to the season. “The goal for this year and every year is to make the playoffs so to come out and be able to put balls in the back of the net like that is great.” Hall continued by looking at the other side of the ball. “I’m proud of my defense. That was one thing we wanted to improve on. Since the fall they have put in a lot of hard work.” The main takeaway from the success of the weekend: “We just need to keep building off of these W’s and keep getting better every game.”

The team returned to action this week on Wednesday as they travelled to Philadelphia University for a 3 p.m. match and then they will return to host Chestnut Hill on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Biemesderfer Stadium.