CHICAGO — The University of Chicago women's lacrosse team made an emphatic return to the win column on Saturday afternoon, rolling through the visiting Dubuque Spartans 20-2 in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin matchup at Stagg Field.
First-year attacker Lally Johnson was the catalyst, scoring four times and dishing out eight assists as the Maroons (12-2, 4-1 CCIW) lit up the scoreboard. Dubuque (1-12, 1-4 CCIW) could not keep up with the hosts' blistering pace as UChicago notched nearly a goal per minute in the early going.
Also netting four goals was first-year midfielder Karina Schulze, who tacked on a pair of assists while winning a game-high nine draws. First-year attackers Ali Sheehy and Sarah Bloomquist enjoyed multi-goal games as well, with Sheehy bagging a hat trick and Bloomquist scoring a brace to go with three assists.
The Maroons outshot their guests 36-5 and claimed a 17-7 edge at the draw. UChicago chased down 31 ground balls as the Spartans gathered 13, with first-year attacker Isabelle Moran scooping up six to lead the team. Maroon defenders forced 13 of Dubuque's 24 turnovers.
It took just fifteen seconds for Schulze to put UChicago ahead with a solo effort, and before the minute was up Johnson had scored — her first tally on a day she was involved in 12 of her team's 20 goals. The Maroons kept firing as Bloomquist scored on a pass from junior attacker Jane Jozefowicz and then supplied first-year attacker Abbey Pouba with her first of two.
Johnson set up the next three goals before the Spartans got on the board to make it 8-1 after nine minutes of play. Seizing the opportunity to work in an attacking role, first-year defender Jordan Coan scored not long after with an assist from Bloomquist, who would go on to facilitate Schulze's goal four minutes later.
After Johnson slotted another the pace slowed, but the Maroons kept picking apart the defense on their way to a 13-1 lead at the break.
Dubuque opened the second-half scoring with its second goal of the day, but would not find net again as UChicago patiently worked the ball around and tallied seven more, including a pair of stylish finishes from Johnson and senior attacker Kate Monson's first career goal.
- Wednesday, April 24: UChicago at Carroll (Wis.), 7 P.M. CT