ARLINGTON, Va. – The quest to defend its 2017 ECAC title began in a positive manner for the Marymount women's lacrosse team on Wednesday night, topping Pfeiffer University in the first round, 14-8, at Long Bridge Park.
It was an all-around effort by the Saints (10-9) led by junior Jessica Crew with a game-high six goals on nine shots. Senior Kellen Cannon came through with four, while junior Kelly Campbell chipped in two and senior Abby Wescott and junior Madison Davis added one each.
Wescott added four assists to bring her point total for the day to five, just one short of reaching 300 for her career.
On the other side of the field, the Saint defense totaled 13 caused turnovers lead by four by Crew and three by junior goalkeeper Holly Reik. Reik, who finished with 10 saves for the game, not only earned her ninth win in the cage this season, but also eclipsed the 500-save mark.
The momentum moved quite quickly into Marymount's favor, scoring the first of three-straight goals in the opening 24 seconds when junior Gabby Albig sent a pass inside to Crew.
The Falcons (11-2) scored their first goal roughly six minutes in, but the Saints rattled off four more to take a commanding 7-1 advantage. Pfeiffer put away its second before the half, and MU added two as well to take a 9-2 lead into the half.
The second half played much closer, as the Falcons outscored Marymount, 6-5. However, the strong first half for the Saints didn't allow Pfeiffer to get any closer than a four-goal deficit. In the closing 30 seconds, back-to-back connections between Wescott and Crew put the final touches on the 14-8 final.
With the victory, the Saints advance to Championship Weekend at Stockton University for the second-straight season. A rematch of the semifinals last year has the host Ospreys and Marymount set for a 2 p.m., matchup on Saturday, May 12.