KINGS POINT, N.Y. (May 4, 2019) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's lacrosse team won its second-straight Skyline Conference Championship on Saturday with a 22-5 home win over Farmingdale State at Brooks Stadium. The Mariners' record moves to 17-0 on the season, as they're the last undefeated team left in Division III, and they will move on to the 2019 NCAA DIII Women's Lacrosse Championship tournament beginning next week. The Rams drop to 8-11 with the loss.
For her 15-save effort over the two games of the tournament, senior goalie Hannah Gizzi (Finksburg, Md.) was named the Skyline Championship Most Outstanding Player. She made nine saves on the day today, combined with six stops in the semifinal win over SUNY Maritime on Wednesday.
Classmate Meredith Willard (Portland, Maine) led all players in the game with nine points on five goals and four assists. Willard also set a new single-season mark for assists in the contest, as she picked her 29th helper of the season.
Both senior Jessica Reilly (Sayville, N.Y.) and junior Grace McHugh (Sturbridge, Mass.) recorded five goals and an assist each, while freshman Jesse Wohner (Norfolk, Va.) twinkled the twine five times and senior Maura Malone (Yorktown, Va.) chipped in with a goal and an assist.
Reilly led all players in the game with eight draw controls, while Willard grabbed up seven and also caused a turnover. Freshman Helen Davis (Dagsboro, Del.) gobbled up a game-high four groundballs.
The Mariner defense forced 12 Farmingdale turnovers on the afternoon.
USMMA jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the first minute and half, before Farmingdale State roared back with two straight tallies of their own goals of their own, tying it on a free position with 26:19 remaining. USMMA took control from there with 12 of the final 13 goals to take a 15-3 lead into halftime.
The story stayed the same in the second half with Merchant Marine putting away the first five goals and trading the final four en route to a 22-5 victory.
For Farmingdale State, junior Courtney Gendels led the way with two points on a goal and an assist. Classmate Sam Shelton won a team-high six draw controls and tied for a team-best with two groundballs and also scoring once. Sophomores Hailey Perez and Danielle Hall added to the offense with a goal apiece. Freshman Skylar Steinberg scored once and tied a team-high with two groundballs, while classmates Emily Rodier and Iyana Hudson both made four stops apiece in a losing effort.
The Mariners will find out who they will face in the NCAA Tournament during the selection show tomorrow night, Sunday, May 5. The show will be aired on www.ncaa.com at 9:30 p.m.
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