SOMERSET, N.J. -- Saint Elizabeth senior midfielder Meghan Murray tallied six goals and junior midfielder Christina Rios added a hat trick on seasonably warm Sunday afternoon in North Eastern Athletic Conference lacrosse action at Soccer Centers.
The Screaming Eagles faced an eight-goal deficit against NEAC foe Cazenovia College and behind Murray and Rios rallied to get within three goals late in the second half.
The Wildcats (5-3, 2-0 NEAC) used a pair of late scores and draw controls to hold on for a 14-10 victory on the opening weekend for NEAC lacrosse this season.
Alicia Priest led Cazenovia with a game-high eight goals while Kim Vrigian added four scores with ground balls.
The Wildcats opened up a 6-0 lead at the start of the game before Murray broke through with a free-position goal at 12:33 for her team-leading 36th goal of the season.
CSE senior Dina Toledo followed with her eighth goal of the season to further cut into the deficit yet Cazenovia entered the intermission with an 8-2 after a pair of scores from Priest and Jessica Cramer.
Trailing 10-2 at the start of the second half, CSE found its offensive rhythm. Rios scored her first goal of the afternoon and the shifty Murray followed with a pair of goals of her own.
Saint Elizabeth scored six of the next seven goals and get within 11-8 after Rios converted a free-position shot at 9:36.
Murray would score twice more, including one such score where she drove hard to the right post, danced back across the front of the goal and shoveled a smooth backhand shot inside the left post. Murray now has 41 goals on the season, tops of the team.
CSE senior Barbara Beresova posted made seven saves in goal. Her counterpart on Cazenovia, Christina Marra, stopped several CSE scoring chances, making nine saves.
The Screaming Eagles (4-3, 0-2 NEAC) are on the road for their next five games, starting this coming weekend with a road trip to Keuka (N.Y.) College and Wells College.