April 7, 2009

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Junior attack Erin Rawlick (Forest Hill, Md.) scored a game-high five goals, including the 100th of her collegiate career, as the Navy women's lacrosse team cruised past Saint Mary's (Calif.) in a 16-8 win on Tuesday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The win is the Mids' third straight and improves the team's overall mark to 9-3, while the visiting Gaels fall to 2-9 on the season.

Rawlick scored the opening two goals in the first half and then hit the century mark on a free position, the first of three consecutive tallies from the third-year standout, with 29:20 left to play in the second half. It was her second seven-point effort (5 g, 2 a) in as many games and the eighth time this season she has recorded at least five points.

On the year, she has now racked up a Patriot League-leading 67 points (35 g, 32 a) to run her career total to a whopping 158 points (102 g, 56 a) over just 29 career games.

"Erin has been the driving force for us the last two seasons," said Navy head coach Cindy Timchal. "She really does it all. She certainly deserves all the success that comes her way."

The Mids set the tone early with five unanswered goals inside the contest's first 15 minutes and would carry a 7-3 lead into the halftime break.

The final 30 minutes saw much of the same, as Navy opened with a 6-0 run over the first 8:07 to take a commanding 13-3 advantage. The Mids would push their lead to as high as 11 goals by the midway point of the half before settling on its final margin.

When all was said and done, nine different Navy players found the back of the cage and a season-high 10 individuals found the scoresheet with at least a point.

Freshman Dani Vivonetto (Rocky Point, N.Y.) notched a hat trick for the second game in a row, junior Mary Ruttum (Annapolis, Md.) added a pair of scores and six players finished with a goal apiece.

Navy's success on the afternoon was rooted in its dominance in the center circle, where the Mids tied a school record, winning 21 of 26 draws. Navy also held a sizable edge in shots (33-18) while winning the ground ball battle, 26-18.

Freshman Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) made five saves in 55-plus minutes of action in the cage for the Mids, earning he ninth career win.

"I think today's win will help give us some additional momentum and confidence headed into the weekend," added Timchal. "I was happy to get a lot of players into the game and hopefully we'll be up to the challenge on Saturday."

Navy will look to secure a berth into the 2009 Patriot League Tournament this Saturday when Lehigh makes its way to Annapolis for an all-important conference matchup, beginning at 1:00 pm.