Regis Starts Slow but Strong Second Half Propels Rangers to 16-7 WILA Win
Denver, Colo.: The Regis Ranger women's lacrosse team again started out slowly but responded running their record to 2-0 with a 16-7 win over Fort Lewis. The WILA matchup was moved up one day from Sunday to Saturday due to the impending snowstorm coming. It was also moved to an artificial field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Fort Lewis (1-1, 1-1 WILA) scored just 1:09 into the frist half by Abby Kvidera. Six and a half minutes later Regis (2-0, 2-0 WILA) got their first goal on a free-position goal by freshman Emily Elkins. Three minutes later Jessica Norby scored to put FLC up 2-1 before Regis got back-to-back goals by Maribel Gallegos and Danica Cutshall to give the Rangers their first lead.
Jam Vertner scored with 13:22 left in the first half to tie the score at three but Regis started slowly pulling away. Regis got a goal by freshman Emily Eklins with 3:07 left before half to give the Rangers a 6-4 lead.
Marissa DiCecco scored for FLC with 16:25 left in the game to cut the Regis lead to 8-7. That is when the potent Ranger offense started clicking as they scored seven straight goals in an eight-minute span to take a 15-7 lead on their way to a 16-7 win.
Freshman Erin Todd led the way offensively for Regis with four goals, while Elkins came off the bench to supply three. Sophomore Hilary Duda also tallied three goals, while Cutshall and freshman Abbey Chimenti each put two balls into the back of the net. Cutshall led the way with two assists.
Cutshall led all players with four draw controls, while Chimenti and junior Jessika Carlstrom each grabbed three. Sophomore Sierra Perrella led all players with five caused turnovers and four ground balls. Cutshall also had four ground balls, while sophomore Gianna Lombardi led all with five ground balls.
Lombardi was a stone wall with nine saves allowing just the seven goals.
Regis will head to the east coast as they first will take on Rollins, who the Rangers beat in the season finale in 2012, on March 4th.