WHITTIER, Calif. – The University of Chicago women's lacrosse team cruised to a win in its first road game of the season as the Maroons downed Whittier College 19-6 on Wednesday night.
Scoring the first seven goals of the game, including a burst of three within 28 seconds just shy of the ten-minute mark, ensured UChicago would enjoy a substantial cushion throughout the contest. It was the Maroons' third consecutive double-digit victory and fifth in seven games.
UChicago improved to 7-0 this season as Whitter (3-7) continued a seven-game pattern of alternating wins and losses.
Three goals and three assists from first-year attacker Lally Johnson keyed a balanced UChicago offense that saw her classmates Anna Rosloniec, Ali Sheehy, and Sarah Bloomquist also record hat-tricks. UChicago outshot the Poets 23-9 in the first half and 32-17 overall, with 28 of those shots on goal.
The Maroons did not exercise their usual dominance at the draw, yielding a 15-12 advantage to Whitter despite seven draw controls from first-year midfielder Karina Schulze. However, UChicago did well to win possession with a 30-22 edge in ground balls and 24 caused turnovers. First-year midfielder Audrey Kaus collected a squad-high four ground balls as five teammates snagged three apiece. Johnson, Schulze and first-year defender Adriana Shutler each forced three turnovers.
Playing away from home for the first time, the Maroons took slightly longer to find the net than usual but still notched the first goal less than seven minutes in, with Bloomquist setting up Johnson. Johnson then slotted her next from a free position.
After a Poets possession from the ensuing draw ended in a shot wide, UChicago took over and Bloomquist found Sheehy with her second assist. Schulze took the following draw and went quickly, passing to Rosloniec for a 15-second finish. Seizing possession again, Schulze absorbed a foul and converted from a free position 13 seconds after the previous score to make it 5-0 to the visitors after 10 minutes.
Sheehy and Bloomquist tallied again before Whitter got on the board just after the midway point. Junior midfielder Maya De Jonge won the next draw, leading to a rapid goal for first-year attacker Abbey Pouba by way of Johnson. The Poets tacked on another to make it 8-2, but the Maroons outscored their hosts 4-1 over the last 10 minutes for a 12-3 lead at the break.
Whitter claimed the second-half draw but Rosloniec won it back for the visitors, and when Johnson set up Bloomquist. UChicago had a 10-goal advantage with just 26 seconds elapsed. The Poets replied not long after, but five unanswered goals from five different Maroons over the next 15 minutes left it at 18-4.
This was the largest margin of the night and held until the Poets strung together a pair of late goals. Rosloniec, with Pouba assisting, then supplied the 19th and final tally for UChicago.
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