Messersmith tallies three
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Catholic scored six straight goals that spanned both halves to key a 22-9 non-conference women's lacrosse win over McDaniel on Wednesday.
Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) led the Green Terror (6-9) with three goals and an assist.
Lindsay Brophy paced the 16th-ranked Cardinals (9-5) with five goals and two assists while Mary Swarthout and Meghan Brady added four goals each. Swarthout added two assists while Brody had one.
Trailing 3-1, Theresa Ciletti finished a Brophy feed with 21:46 on the first-half clock to start the first of three runs of five or more straight goals by Catholic.
Brophy finished back-to-back solo runs just over a minute apart to give the visitors a lead they wouldn't relinquish with 18:55 to play.
Caroline DiBartolomeo stretched the lead to 5-3 with 14:37 showing and Brophy converted a free-position shot with 13:26 to play for a three-goal edge.
Free-position markers from Messersmith and Monica Parcell (Prospect Park, Pa./Interboro) 4 minutes, 39 seconds apart closed the deficit to 6-5 with 5:55 remaining before Nicole Laitner finished from Swarthout 52 seconds later.
Messersmith answered with a free-position goal with 4:35 on the clock but Swarthout scored back-to-back tallies 26 seconds apart to stretch the lead to 9-6 with 2:17 remaining.
Danielle Entrot (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) made it a two-goal game with 1:29 showing but Brophy, Swarthout and Ciletti all tallied in the final 1:16 of the half to stretch the advantage to 12-7.
A Katie Miller goal 40 seconds into the second half and two Brady unassisted tallies pushed the lead to 15-7 with 26:22 to play.
A Chelsea Watkins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) solo run momentarily halted the run before goals from Brady and Mary Robinson pushed the lead to nine with 21:22 showing.
Wakins finished a feed from Messersmith 57 seconds later but five different Cardinals scored over the final 17:35 to set the final margin.
Parcell staked McDaniel to an advantage with a free-position goal just 2:48 into the game.
Swarthout responded 23 seconds later but Entrot hit Messersmith and then scored off an Anna Beaudry (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) feed for the early 3-1 lead.
Messersmith added five draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers while Kate Keim (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) had four ground balls.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Washington (Md.) on Saturday. Game time is 4 p.m.