April 28, 2013

Women’s lacrosse wins first-ever SAA Championship

SEWANEE, Tenn. (April 28, 2013) – A season-high five goals by Molly Arnold and Olivia Vietor helped the Sewanee women's lacrosse team win one of four Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championships for the Tiger Athletic Department, Sunday, on a muddy McGee Field.

Along with the scores by the two senior captains, sophomore Brita Brudvig finished with a career-high four assists which helped the Tigers to a 19-13 victory over SAA rival Centre.

Early on Sewanee was in control, after the Tigers jumped out in front 5-1 behind goals from Sally Anne Greenwood, Vietor, Mallory Grimm, and Arnold.

After a brief spurt from Centre, Ellie Murphy gave Sewanee a 6-3 lead after she scored the first of her three goals on the afternoon.

Like they did to start the match, the Tigers opened the second half on a strong scoring run. Sewanee netted six of the first seven goals to take a commanding 15-8 advantage with 19:54 left.

Just when it looked like Sewanee would blow out the Colonels, Centre responded. Goals from Sarah Mastey and Meg Hawthorne pulled the Colonels to within four, 15-11, with 11:44 to play.

With the momentum suddenly on Centre's side, Arnold rose to the occasion for Sewanee. Over the next three minutes the Baltimore, Md., native scored three straight times to give the Tigers an 18-11 lead with only 7:11 left.

From there, Centre would find the back of the net twice and Greenwood would add once more goal to finalize the score.

Along with Arnold and Vietor, the Tigers' third senior captain Anna Morrow finished with a game-high six ground balls, five draw controls, and two caused turnovers.

As a team, Sewanee finished with 14 assists on its 19 goals. Individually, eight Tigers had at least one point, which also was a season best.

Defensively, freshman Sammy Strasburger capped on an incredible first year as a Tiger with 12 saves.

Over their careers, Vietor, Arnold, and Morrow led the Tigers to four conference championship matches and two league titles (2013 – SAA and 2011 – SCAC).

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