CHICAGO – The Maroon offense reached new season highs in shots and goals as the University of Chicago women's lacrosse team rolled to a 22-6 victory over Linfield College on Sunday afternoon at Stagg Field.
The Maroons (6-0) earned their sixth victory in as many games, while the Wildcats fell to 1-3 after picking up their first win of the season last week.
UChicago's attack displayed no signs of rust after a two-week break, controlling the ball for long stretches of play and amassing 41 shots, 36 of which were on target. First-year midfielder Ali Sheehy led the team with six scores, while attackers Abbey Pouba and Lally Johnson each bagged hat tricks. Johnson paired her scoring with three assists, while Audrey Kaus dished out four to go with two goals in a standout performance from the first-year midfielder.
Kaus also won eight draw controls, which in combination with nine from first-year midfielder Karina Schulze built a 24-6 advantage that ensured UChicago enjoyed the bulk of possession. As a result, Linfield mustered eight shots on the day and just one in the second half.
UChicago began the game on the defensive due to an early yellow card, but after a breakout in transition, Pouba notched a shorthanded goal to put the hosts ahead. Kaus then charged down the middle to score, but the Wildcats answered to make it 2-1 after five-and-a-half minutes.
Not long after, a pass from Kaus found Sheehy, who finished in traffic for her first goal of the day. Sheehy doubled her tally a minute later as Schulze intercepted the Linfield goalie's clearance and sent the ball ahead to her teammate. Johnson then set up Pouba for her second, leading the visitors to call a timeout trailing 5-1 with 21:15 to play in the first half.
Right out of the timeout, Schulze raced ahead with the draw and slid the ball to Pouba, who completed her hat trick with a low bouncing shot. Linfield snatched the ensuing draw and scored a quick unassisted goal.
First-year attacker Isabelle Moran then earned a hard-won score as she scraped up a loose ball in front of net and slotted it in. This time UChicago defended the initial response well, but the Wildcats drew a free position late in the shot clock and converted to make it 7-3.
An outpouring of hustle from first-year Adriana Shutler produced the next Maroon tally as she won a heavily-contested ground ball on the near sideline, carried across the field, drew a foul, and scored from the free position.
This began a run of four unanswered goals as UChicago monopolized possession. After winning the draw, junior midfielder Maya De Jonge popped a clever assist to first-year attacker Sarah Bloomquist. Kaus and Johnson added to their own tallies, then Kaus set up Bloomquist in front of net to score again as the shot clock wound down.
A yellow card once again left UChicago shorthanded, but a free-position save from junior goalie Honor Crandell stopped the Wildcats' first attack. Linfield eventually found the man-advantage goal, but the Maroons finished well from close range as they scored the next four goals without interruption. The visitors slipped in another just before the half to leave the score at 16-5.
UChicago settled into a patient offensive rhythm out of the break, moving the ball around before Sheehy capitalized on Bloomquist's pass to score 74 seconds in. After winning the draw, the Maroons carefully maneuvered once more until senior attacker Kate Monson took the ball behind net and slid a pass over the top of the cage for Sheehy to slot home.
The hosts retained almost exclusive access to the ball over the next 10 minutes, with first-year defender Lauren Zhang forcing back-to-back turnovers to frustrate the Wildcats. Her second such effort gave rise to a prolonged attack that ended when Moran took a free position and passed across goal to first-year attacker Anna Rosloniec, who fired from close range to increase the margin to 19-5.
Linfield mounted its first attack of the half near the midway mark, but not before Johnson completed her hat trick with a pump-fake score. The Maroons continued to work the ball around methodically, an approach that got results as Kaus won a free position with 12 seconds on the shot clock and found Sheehy for her sixth and final goal of the afternoon.
The Wildcats scored with just under six minutes remaining, but a stick check from Shutler poked the ball free as they pressed for another. The Maroons rushed down field in transition and when the ball came loose junior attacker Jane Jozefowicz corralled it behind goal before dashing around for a solo score.
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