Thriving off the momentum gained by an impressive win over Washington & Jefferson, the Wittenberg women’s lacrosse team defeated the conference rival Wooster last Saturday, 10-8. It was a big win for the Tigers because not only did it make the team 1-0 within the conference, but it boosted their record to 4-3 and gave them bragging rights over the bitter NCAC foe. They were also scheduled to take on Albion on Sunday, but the game was canceled.
Wooster started the scoring off just minutes into the first half, but Wittenberg answered back with two straight goals from sophomores Francine Mursynski and Alie Marousek. The Scots then evened up the score at 2-2, but junior Kellen Morrissey brought back the Tiger lead with a free position shot. This was followed by a scoring drought that lasted several minutes, until Morrissey tallied up another unassisted goal, leaving the score at 4-2.
It seemed as though Wittenberg was going to pull away at this point but the Scots closed the deficit to one with an impressive offensive sequence that left the score at 4-3. Then to the dismay of the Tiger fans, Wooster put in another goal off of a failed clear by Wittenberg, and the game went into halftime with a score of 4-4.
Into the second half, Marousek took the lead once again for the Tigers with a goal that was assisted by junior Erin Guiliano. Marousek seemed to not be satisfied with a one goal lead as she assisted Murzynski later in the half, to make the score 6-4 in favor of Wittenberg.
In the following minutes both teams exchanged goals but it was the outstanding goal keeping of the junior Katie Bondy from Westerville, Ohio, that kept the Tigers lead. With four key saves in the final minutes of the match, it was the junior net minder that made the difference for the home team.
The women’s lacrosse team will look to continue their success on April 4 as they travel to Kenyon to take on the Ladies at 5 p.m.