DOVER – Kendra Schweizer scored six times, and Clare Estes had two goals and four assists as St. Mark’s girls lacrosse team kept rolling with an 18-1 victory over Caesar Rodney on April 14 at Scott D. Miller Stadium at Wesley College. The teams met as part of the annual Dave Reynolds Lacrosse Festival, and the Spartans sure were feeling festive as this one progressed.
Riders keeper Jasmin Hall was on point, stopping three Spartans shots right off the bat, and that kept CR in the contest for the first part of the opening half. St. Mark’s – ranked second in the state by 302Sports.com – owned the time of possession, and that eventually paid dividends. On the first free-position opportunity of the afternoon, Meg Noonan opted to turn away from the net instead of shoot, and she dished to Schweizer. The senior danced around two defenders and beat Hall high from point-blank range three minutes into the contest.
It would be almost eight minutes before Schweizer struck again. This time, a Riders turnover led to Clare Estes with the ball, and she ran through the crease before dealing to Schweizer, who bounced one in. The next one belonged to Estes on a wraparound.
After a Riders timeout, Schweizer completed her hat trick, going top shelf. Paige Megargee and Estes teamed up for the next two Spartans goals on nearly identical plays. On the first one, with 9:40 remaining in the half, Megargee set up shop behind the net and found Estes in front. Twenty-five second later, Estes got the assist and Megargee the goal.
Schweizer finished the scoring for the first half by converting a free-position play. The Spartans held an 11-0 advantage.
The Riders continued to push, and their persistence finally paid off. With 9:16 remaining, Kacie Cava had a chance from a free position, and she converted. Callie Freda and Angel Lorang closed out the scoring for the Spartans.
Noonan had three goals and two assists for the Spartans, who improved to 5-0. They kick off a tough week on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. against Catholic rival Ursuline before traveling to Tower Hill on Thursday.
Hall made 16 saves for the Riders, who are 2-2. They host Newark on Monday at 4 p.m.