SOMERSET, N.J. – Junior midfielder Meghan Murray netted a pair of goals in the first game of the 2012 season for the Saint Elizabeth women’s lacrosse team, but visiting Bard College prevailed 16-4 in non-conference action at Soccer Centers on a crispy, clear Wednesday night.
Playing the first night home game in program history, a vocal crowd of nearly 50 fans saw CSE junior Dina Toledo open the scoring for the Screaming Eagles at 25:26 in the first half on a free-position shot.
The Raptors (1-0) ran off six straight goals to open up an 8-1 advantage before Murray scored her first goal of the season, firing a free-position shot into the net at 6:03.
Bard held the 9-2 advantage at halftime with seven players getting into the scoring column.
Murray took advantage of another free-position opportunity with just over four minutes left, tallying her second score with a hard shot into the nylon.
CSE added a fourth goal in the closing seconds of the contest. Senior Veronica Stawinski hit the post with a free-position shot and junior Shanay Barge pounced on the rebound. Barge scooped up the loose ball and beat the Bard goalie to the near post for her first score of the season with just one second left.
CSE goalie Barbara Beresova played the full 60 minutes between the pipes and registered 11 saves.
The Screaming Eagles (0-1) will host Rosemont in their next game, a home game at Soccer Centers. The first draw is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.