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BUFFALO, NY – Sarah Lorusso’s 2 goals led Hilbert College’s offensive push in their 20-3 ‘home opener’ loss to Thiel College in women’s lacrosse March 23. The Hawks hosted the Tomcats in North Buffalo at the Nichols School turf field when their snow-covered Hamburg campus venue was deemed un-playable. Three different Thiel players netted four goals each as the Tomcats improved to 4-6 overall.
Thiel held a 2-0 advantage after just 3 minutes of play before Lorusso found the inside of the frame at 21:27. The Tomcats turned up the heat after that dent and took an 11-1 lead after the game’s first 30 minutes of play. Each team was charged with 11 turnovers but the visitors held advantages in draw controls (8-2) and shots (21-2). Hilbert’s Meghan Stewart earned 5 saves in the net by the break.
Thiel opened the second stanza with an early hit just 25 seconds in, but Rachael Bergman responded for the Hawks about 30 seconds later cutting the score, 12-2. Thiel hit four more times before Lorusso finished the Hawks’ scoring after a free position shot at 14:24.
Kelley Bellia (3 assists), Emily Harrigan and Beth Snider all tied for game-high scoring honors with 4 goals each. Cassy Mahdi chipped in 2 goals, assisted on four scores and earned eight draw controls for Thiel.
Hilbert turned only 1 of their five free position opportunities into points while Thiel converted five of their seven. The Hawks earned 16 ground balls but were out-worked at restarts as the Tomcats won 17 of the 23 draw controls.
Hilbert (1-1) will travel to Alfred University March 27 (4pm) before they host Cazenovia College March 30 back at the Nichols School at 12 noon.
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