Strong Second Half Sees Bulldogs Claw Cougars

Freshman Olive Stevens poured in a career-high six goals and picked up four ground balls to go with her three draw controls and three caused turnovers in Adrian's 18-11 win over Cleary on Thursday night (Photo by Mike Dickie).
Freshman Olive Stevens poured in a career-high six goals and picked up four ground balls to go with her three draw controls and three caused turnovers in Adrian's 18-11 win over Cleary on Thursday night (Photo by Mike Dickie).

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College women's lacrosse team won its seventh game of the year with an 18-11 victory over Cleary University on Thursday, April 11. The game was a physical one, with 57 total fouls called and 13 yellow cards shown.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Adrian 18, Cleary 11

Location: Adrian, Mich. (Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium)

Records: AC 7-4, CU 6-8

HOW IT HAPPENED

Adrian scored 21 seconds into the game when freshman Olive Stevens picked up the opening draw control and split the Cleary defense for the goal. The Cougars answered 21 seconds later in the same way, and then added another one a minute later to take a 2-1 lead.

The teams then traded pairs of goals for the rest of the first half, giving Cleary a 6-5 lead at the break. Three total goals in the first half were scored from the free position, with the Bulldogs getting one of those from freshman Cristin Culbertson, while a man down.

Nine yellow cards were given out in the first half, six to AC and three to Cleary, meaning each Adrian yellow card for the rest of the second half would be non-releasable. Two Bulldogs were also shown the yellow card twice in the first half, meaning their days were done early.

The Black and Gold scored the first three goals of the second half, the first two from Stevens and the third from senior Annie Rice, before the Cougars tied it up with two goals of their own. That would be the last time the game would be tied, as Adrian went on a five-goal run, with man up goals from Stevens and sophomore Gwyneth Carlson and Carlson adding another while a man down.

Cleary scored to stop the bleeding momentarily, but AC was right back on the offensive with a trio of man up goals, two from Carlson and one from Stevens before the Cougars tickled the twine again. The Bulldogs scored twice more and Cleary picked up one more before the final horn sounded, with Adrian completing the second half comeback, 18-11.

Adrian's defensive pressure was key for AC, with 13 of Cleary's 29 turnovers caused by members of the Black and Gold. The Bulldogs also limited the Cougars' attempts to clear the ball from their zone, allowing Cleary to complete just nine its 19 clear attempts, and holding the Cougars to a .500 mark in the second half (6-12).

TOP DOGS

• Stevens had a monster day, leading the offense with six goals while adding four ground balls, three draw controls, and three caused turnovers. Her six goals and three caused turnovers are both career-highs.

• Carlson was second on the team with five goals and she also added an assist. She also had nine draw controls and four caused turnovers to lead the squad.

• Rice tied Carlson for the most points, finishing with four goals and two assists for six total points. She also added three ground balls and four draw controls.

• Senior goaltender Hannah Emerson played the majority of the game, save for the final 4:36 of the first half when freshman Emily Anderson came in. Emerson made four saves to get the win.

THE OPPOSITION

• Jordan Bloch led the Cougars with six goals and the same number of draw controls.

• Bonnie Emmerling picked up five ground balls to lead Cleary.

• Abby Coyne turned aside nine of the 27 shots she faced.

UP NEXT

Adrian is off until next Tuesday, April 16 when the Bulldogs take on Mount Union on the road. That game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

 

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