Baer, McDonald lead McDaniel to season-opening win over Goucher

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Brittany Baer (Westminster, Md./Westminster) tallied five goals and two assists while Lindsey McDonald (Germantown, Md./Damascus) added three goals and five assists to lead McDaniel to a 16-6 victory over Goucher in the women’s lacrosse opener for both teams on Saturday.

            Colleen Cole led the Gophers (0-1) with a hat trick of her own.
            The Green Terror (1-0) ran off a string six straight goals to turn a 2-1 advantage into an 8-1 lead with 13:48 to play in the opening half.
            After Sarah Mintz (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) finished a Baer feed 46 seconds into the game, Baer scored a goal of her own 25 seconds later off a McDonald helper.
            Cindy Villarreal made it a 2-1 game with 22:41 showing in the first half before Baer hit a free-position goal nearly two minutes later to spark the 6-0 run.
            Baer finished with three goals while McDonald had three assists during the 9-minute, 57-second span.
            Cole broke up the barrage with a solo run at the 11:26 mark before Kelly Scheler (Forest Hill, Md./C. Milton Wright) and Sandy Okun traded markers in the final 10:46 of the half to make it 9-3 at the break.
            Mintz started the second half the same way she started the first half, only this time it was off a McDonald assist 1:19 into the stanza.
            Cole answered 1 minute, 15 seconds later before McDonald finished a solo run to ignite another six-goal flurry to secure the victory.
            McDonald tallied all three of her goals during the stretch while Baer had a goal and an assist.
            Cole and Okun each tallied in the final 4:58 to set the final margin.
            Baer added five draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers to her seven-point day. As a team, McDaniel won 16 draw controls to Goucher’s seven and finished with a 33-29 edge in shots.
            The Green Terror returns to action at Messiah on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m.
Score by Half                                1          2          -           F
Goucher (0-1)                                3          3          -           6
McDaniel (1-0)                              9          7          -           16
Goucher: Colleen Cole 3, Sandy Okun 2, Cindy Villarreal.
McDaniel: Brittany Baer 5, Lindsey McDonald 3, Sarah Mintz 2, Stephanie Serbun 2, Kelly Scheler, Chelsea Ferruzzi, Kristin Mele, Jennifer Stone.
Goucher: None.
McDaniel: McDonald 5, Baer 2, Mintz, Serbun, Sudbrook.
Shots: G 29, M 33. Ground Balls: G 29, M 29. Goalies: G (Brittany Foster 60:00 – 11 saves, 16 GA); M (Leanne Hollinger 46:00 – 13 saves, 4 GA; Kristin Menzies 14:00 – 3 saves, 2 GA). Caused Turnovers: G 6, M 4. Turnovers: G 12, M 21. Draw Controls: G 7, M 16. Free Position: G 2 of 8, M 2 of 4.