Athenas dominate season opener vs. Redlands

Athenas dominate season opener vs. Redlands

CLAREMONT, Calif. – In the first game of the 2017 campaign, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's lacrosse team out-played Redlands for the 13-3 victory on Tuesday night. The Athenas' defense stifled almost every opportunity for the Bulldogs while the offense controlled the pace of the game.

CMS got on the board early as sophomore Corie Hack (CMC) earned a free position shot after one of UR's players was carded early in the game. Hack converted on the attempt as the Athenas took the 1-0 lead. Freshman Allie Hill (CMC) controlled the next draw and junior Mikaela Connell (CMC) scored on another free position just 28 seconds later.

The Athenas kept Redlands off the scoreboard for the first 27 and half minutes of play. During that time, CMS brought pressure across the whole field and caused four turnovers while Redlands was in transition. Offensively, CMS was just getting going.

Allie Hill scored twice in the first half and once in the second, one which was unassisted as she charged through a sea of maroon uniforms and the other two were assisted by junior Lauren Clubb (CMC) and Hack.

Head coach Lauren Uhr was proud of the control demonstrated on the field and how the team played together. Here observations from the sideline showed up in the stats as well: six of the Athenas' 13 goals were assisted and all 15 attempted clears were successful.

Hack scored the last goal of the first half to give CMS the 6-1 lead. Then, she started the second half with a pair in the first six minutes, the initial one assisted by freshman Sally Carlson (CMC). Carlson scored two of her own via swift attacks later in the period. At 11:34 on the clock, sophomore Carly Keeney (CMC) found Carlson in the crease for her first collegiate goal.

Senior Cara Cancelmo (CMC) utilized her control and agility to put in one goal on the night. She was assisted at close range from Clubb. Also recording her first goal in college was freshman Emily Cohen (CMC). Her goal at 17:33 in the second half gave CMS its first 10-goal advantage that induced the running clock.

CMS out-shot Redlands 31-12 during the game. Of those 12 shots, nine were on frame. In her collegiate debut, freshman goalie Sara Reid (CMC) made six saves that all came in crucial moments when the Bulldogs were hoping to pick up momentum.

Next up for CMS is the first installation of the annual Sixth Street Rivalry matchup with Pomona-Pitzer. The Athenas travel across the street on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

By Emily Nordhoff
Sports Information Director

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