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Lax Back on Track with 3 ODAC Wins

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Roanoke College’s women’s Lacrosse won two conference games this past weekend and again on Tuesday night, giving them a winning record of 7-5 and 4-2 in ODAC action.

Megan Rourke ’11 led the game on Saturday at Guilford with seven goals and an assist while managing to contribute four groundballs, six draw controls and two caused turnovers. Gina Valles ‘11 had two each for goals, assists, groundballs, and draw controls.

“Contributing to the team in points is something that I am not alone in; we have so many players on this team that are leaders and scorers.What most people overlook though is the defense and how important they are in every game,” Rourke said.

Cristina Scichilone ’12 had a season-best six saves and Lyndsey Jones  ’11 had two on Saturday. The Quakers only managed eight goals to the Maroons’ 22.

Valles led Sunday’s game against Randolf-Macon College with six goals and three assists making her the second-highest scorer in ODAC-history and 19th in the NCAA all-time scoring list with 354 points. To date this season she has scored 72 points.

Rourke scored five goals and two assists while teammate Jamie Golden ’13 produced a season-best five goals and one assist.  Golden scored three of her goals in the last 12 minutes of the game.

“Now that we are more than halfway past our season, I believe our team is finally beginning to find our stride, learn each other’s strengths and weakness, which is ultimately what a great team is all about,” Rourke said.

Allison Bonanno ’14 produced four assists for the team as well.

“We graduated so many amazing seniors last year so this incoming freshman class had very big shoes to fill. I am happy to say that they are doing an awesome job in doing so!” Rourke said.

The Maroons did not have the winning record they strived for going into this weekend, but these two strong wins bring a lot of hope to the team.

“We’re on an upswing and it looks like we’re going to peak at the right time,” said head coach Mary Schwartz.

She explained that in the beginning of the season the women were rushing to the goal too quickly, but now they are able to settle themselves and build a strong attack.

“We have the closest team in the sense of dynamics,” Schwartz said.

“The greatest part of being on a team with all of the girls is that we are constantly together on and off the field; we become a family,” Rourke said.

The girls won their game Tuesday against Randolph College 24-1 with Rourke scoring the first two goals. She and Bonanno finished the game with four goals apiece. Valles and Emily Knade ’14 contributed three goals each. Carolyn Miller ’11 also scored two goals for the Maroons.

The women return to action on Saturday at Stevenson College at 1pm.