WILMINGTON – Ursuline jumped out to a 7-0 lead and withstood a tremendous push by Polytech late in the game to pick up a key nonconference girls lacrosse win in a battle between two top-five teams April 3 at Serviam Field. The Raiders remained undefeated with the 15-12 victory.
Seniors Brooke Schmeusser and Erin O’Doherty led the way with five goals each for Ursuline, which entered the contest ranked fourth by The News Journal and fifth by Delaware SportsZone. They got the Raiders off to the fast start against the Panthers, who came into the day ranked second in both polls.
Schmeusser struck first just 59 seconds into the contest, followed by a pair from O’Doherty within three and a half minutes. With the score 5-0, Schmeusser completed a drive with her second, and she teamed with O’Doherty for the next one. O’Doherty started that play with a steal near midfield. The ball was knocked loose, and Schmeusser got to it first. She fed a streaking O’Doherty, who bounced it past Panthers goalie Shannon Stephan.
Polytech (2-1) got on the board with 5:48 left in the half. Camryn Dennis picked up a ground ball in her team’s defensive zone and ran the length of the field and beat Raiders goalie Brigid Monahan to the far side. That seemed to wake up the Panthers, who scored the next two goals to get within 7-3. O’Doherty and Schmeusser scored before the end of the first half for Ursuline, while Dennis found the twine for Polytech to make it 9-4 Raiders at the break.
The Raiders restored their seven-goal lead four and a half minutes into the second half when Jane Lyons scored for the second time in the game to increase the advantage to 11-4. The teams alternated scoring the next eight goals, and it was 15-8 with just 2:38 left on the clock. But Ursuline’s lead was far from comfortable.
Thirty-two seconds after the Raiders’ final goal, Dennis cut the lead to 15-9. It took just 14 seconds for Madilyn McKay to score, and the Panthers added another with 1:32 to go. Raiders goalie Riley Alexander made a nice kick save a few seconds later, but with 51 seconds on the clock McKay stole an Ursuline pass at midfield and streaked in for the goal, the Panthers’ fourth in a minute and 15 seconds. The Raiders, however, shut the door after that and earned another quality win, having defeated Caravel by a single goal last week.
Lyons and Katie Shroyer added two goals apiece for Ursuline, who had 29 shots on goal. The Raiders (4-0) are scheduled to play surprising St. Mark’s on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Serviam Field.
Dennis and McKay scored four each for the Panthers, while Madison Knight added three. They return to action Wednesday at home at 4 p.m. vs. Dover.