SOMERSET, N.J. – Junior midfielder Meghan Murray scored a season-high six goals and classmate Barbara Beresova made seven saves to lead Saint Elizabeth to an 11-7 victory over visiting Rosemont Thursday afternoon at Soccer Centers.
It was the Screaming Eagles’ second straight win over the Ravens and the first time in the young history of the Saint Elizabeth lacrosse program that the team has a .500 record (1-1).
The two teams took much of the first half searching for scoring opportunities and it was the Screaming Eagles who broke through first. Junior midfielder Cassidy Crane found freshman attack Samantha Cicio alone on the left post and Cicio fired a shot past the Rosemont goalie for her first collegiate goal at 15:11.
The Ravens tied the game a minute later but Murray put CSE back in front with her first goal of the afternoon, a successful free-position attempt at 13:57. Murray struck again 50 seconds later off a feed from senior attack Veronica Stawinksi.
The Ravens (0-3) rallied to tie the score at 3-3. Stawinski found the back of the net with 30 seconds left in the first half.
The Screaming Eagles came out of halftime on a mission and scored five unanswered goals (three by Murray and the first goal of the season for Crane) in the first 12 minutes for the commanding 9-3 lead.
Rosemont closed within 9-5 but Murray’s sixth score of the day (and team-high eighth of the season) at 13:04 extended the CSE lead back to five scores.
The Screaming Eagles held off the Ravens over the final 13 minutes and Cicio scored her second goal of the day for the final CSE tally.
Saint Elizabeth had the 23-20 shot advantage and were successful on 10 of its 18 clear attempts. Murray and Dina Toledo scooped up a game-high six ground balls apiece.
For their next match, the Screaming Eagles will host Rutgers-Camden on Monday, March 19 at Soccer Centers. The first draw is scheduled for 3 p.m.