ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Adams State made history on Thursday afternoon as the Grizzlies set several offensive program records and were led by five goals from sophomore LiErin Wilson, as well as four from sophomore Lexy Hamilton and freshman Heather Jones, for the first win in school history, 17-8, against Fontbonne (Mo.).
The Grizzlies are now 1-7 overall this season and 1-1 in match-ups against teams outside the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA). Fontbonne falls to 0-11 this season with the loss.
Nearly 10 scoreless minutes passed by before Jones put ASC up, 1-0, with 20:46 left in the first half. Wilson, who matched the Grizzlies’ single-game record for points with six on five goals and an assist, scored twice in a span of 1:39 to push the lead to 3-0 with 17:00 to play.
The Griffins scored two of the next three goals, wit strikes from Carolann Brenzo and Mary Alice Pierce on either end of Hamilton’s first of the game, but six unanswered Adams State in the final seven minutes made it a 10-2 contest at the half.
Hamilton started the flurry with her second of the game with 6:15 on the clock, before Jones reeled off a pair just over 90 seconds apart. Wilson’s third came 20 seconds later, and sophomore Megan Daly found the net with an even two minutes left. Hamilton put the finishing touches on the Grizzlies fine first half with 1:15 to play.
The Grizzlies took 26 shots in the first half, just shy of their previous single-game record of 31, and ended the game well over that with 41 shots. Wilson ripped off 11, besting the previous individual single-game record of 10.
Scoring started quickly once play resumed with Brenzo taking just 30 seconds to score her second for Fontbonne on a free position shot, one of just two converted in the game, both by the Griffins.
But Wilson had a quick rebuttal, notching her fourth of the game a mere 28 seconds later. Her fifth and final came shortly after, putting ASC up 12-3 with 27:57 to play.
Pierce, who led the Griffins with four goals Thursday, scored her second with 26:29 to play, but that was followed up by four straight from ASC to essentially put the game out of reach.
Freshman Amanda Morgan, Hamilton, Daly and Jones each contributed in pushing the Grizzly lead to 16-4. For Hamilton, her final goal of the game was her team-leading 22nd of the season. Redshirt-freshman Jordan McHenry capped off Adams State’s 17-point outing with 8:13 to play before Fontbonne scored the final three of the game.
Freshman net minder Danica Kristiansen needed to make just two saves in the game as the ASC defense limited the Griffins to just 13 shots and 10 on goal in the game.
Hamilton and Jones each added an assist to finish the day with five points apiece.