April 21, 2012

Kennedy's Record 11 Goals Lead #13 UMW Women's Lax Past Marymount in CAC Tourney 1st Round

University of Mary Washington senior Catherine Kennedy - already the school's leading career goals and points scorer - captured another school mark with 11 goals as the 13th ranked University of Mary Washington women's lacrosse team defeated Marymount University, 24-13, in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday. With the win, the Eagles improve to 13-3 on the year, and will advance to the CAC semifinals on Tuesday at York College.

Marymount hung tough with the Eagles, leading 4-3 midway through the first half. But the Eagles scored four straight goals, including two from Kennedy, to up the lead to 7-4 with 8:32 to play in the half. After a pair of Saints goals, the Eagles ended the half with three straight goals to hold a 10-6 advantage at intermission.

In the second half, the teams started by trading the first four goals, but UMW scored three straight to up its lead to 15-8 with 23:29 left. Each team then scored twice, bringing the total to 12 goals scored in the opening 11 minutes of the half. UMW pulled away in the final 15 minutes, outscoring the guests, 7-2.

Kennedy's 11 goals breaks the record of nine goals in a game, previously held by Pam Heller in 1986 and Suzy Baughman in 1988. She also added two assists in the game. Fellow All-American Allie Kimmelman added three goals and three assists for the Eagles. Marymount was led by Taylor Johnson's two goals and two assists.

Freshman Taylor Paige had six saves for UMW, who outshot the Saints, 38-22. UMW will visit #12 York College on Tuesday in the CAC Semifinals. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.