Feb. 28, 2009

Courtesy of St. Mary's (Md.)

St. Mary’s City, Md. – Senior midfielders Lauren Carrier (Crownsville, Md./Old Mill) and Allie Zerhusen (Cockeysville, Md./Park) both recorded a hat trick to combine for 60% of the Seahawks’ scoring output as the No. 18 St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s lacrosse team notched a 10-5 non-conference victory over No. 15 Dickinson College Saturday afternoon.


With her three-goal performance today, Carrier tied the NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse record for consecutive games with at least one goal with 45 games in a row.  She started the streak as a freshman on April 15, 2006 with one goal and one assist in a 10-9 loss to Mary Washington.  The NCAA Division III record of 45 consecutive games was originally set by Liz Baumbach of the University of Scranton from 2001 to 2003.


Junior midfielder Caitlin Nichols (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) notched three points as well for the Seahawks (2-1) with two goals and an assist, while junior attacker Kelsey Branch (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford) dished out two assists.


The two teams alternated the first four goals of the game as the contest was tied 2-2 at 21:29 as Zerhusen scored twice for St. Mary’s and junior Lexie Kob (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford) netted both for Dickinson (0-1).


Then St. Mary’s registered the next three goals to boast a 5-2 advantage at 15:08 before junior attacker Blair Thompson (Portsmouth, N.H./Holderness) stopped the run with an unassisted tally at 13:39.  The Seahawks closed out the first half on a 3-0 run to lead 8-3 at halftime.


Senior attacker Emily Norris (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) extended St. Mary’s run to 4-0 as Norris completed a pass from Branch just 1:10 into the start of the second half.  Thompson struck for her second of the day at 22:05 for a 9-4 game.  Scoring remained stalled until the 3:58-minute mark when Carrier notched her third goal.  Junior attacker Abby Larson (Easton, Md./Gunston Day) picked up the final score for Dickinson on a free position shot at 3:19.


St. Mary’s edged the Red Devils, 26-23, in shots, while the Seahawks posted a 26-20 margin in ground balls behind a game-high seven from junior defender Karisa Carroll (Long Island, N.Y./Ward Melville).  However, Dickinson controlled the draws with a 12-5 advantage as Larson won a game-best four.


Freshman goalie Colleen Simpson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) turned away seven shots in the Seahawk win, while sophomore Jessie Clark (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) recorded 11 saves in the loss.


The Seahawks will be back in action next Wednesday, February 28 when St. Mary’s hosts No. 15 Dickinson College in non-conference action at Seahawk Stadium at 1:00.