STEUBENVILLE – Junior Carly McDonald became the fifth women's lacrosse player to register 100-career points as she posted four goals and assist for 104 career points in the Lady Barons 17-12 loss to St. Vincent, Sunday afternoon.
McDonald needed just one point coming into today's game to reach the 100-point plateau and she is the second Lady Baron this season to accomplish this feat. McDonald is third in goals (77) and fifth in points (104) in her career.
Trailing 10-3 with 3:50 to play in the first half, senior Mary Krolicki won the draw control and immediately went to the cage and found McDonald waiting to the right of the goal. McDonald sent the pass into the right corner to cut the lead to 10-4 and score her 100th career point. McDonald returned the favor for Krolicki on the Lady Barons' next offensive possession and she got the ball in Krolicki's stick and she put it away to cut the lead down to 10-5. St. Vincent ended the half with a goal to take an 11-5 lead at the break.
Maggie Nelson opened the second half with three-straight goals to push the Bearcat lead to 14-5. Every time St. Vincent was knocking on a 10-goal advantage, the Lady Barons found an answer and kept the score close. Junior Elizabeth McEntee had the answer this time as she found the back on the net on a free position shot with 20:21 to play to cut the lead to 14-6. Nelson sandwiched another pair of goals around a McDonald goal to re-take a nine-goal lead for St. Vincent with 17:37 to play.
Junior Treise McCarthy got on the board with 15:44 to play with a free position shot to get the Lady Barons back to within eight, and McDonald and Krolicki found the net on back to back possessions for the Lady Barons to cut the lead to six, 16-10, with 12:53 to play.
Naomi halted the run for the Franciscan with 6:11 to play to give SVC a 17-10 lead, but McDonald and Krolicki proved to be the hot hands today and each scored in the final 1:40 to bring the score to its final, 17-12.
McEntee got the scoring going for Franciscan just 1:25 into action in the first but St. Vincent scored back-to-back goals to take the 2-1 lead. Freshman Blair Wonderly beat the Bearcat goalie as time was expiring in a Franciscan penalty to score the first man-down goal of the year for Franciscan to give the Lady Barons a 3-2 lead. The lead would be short-lived, however, as St. Vincent answered just under a minute later to kick off a 6-0 run to take an 8-2 lead. Freshman Maria Hilkert put the brakes on the Bearcat run with her only goal of the game to cut the lead down to 8-3. St. Vincent answered with a pair of goals before McDonald's milestone goal with 3:38 to play in the first.
McDonald led the Lady Barons with four goals and an assist while Krolicki finished with three goals, an assist, and five draw controls.
The Lady Barons return to action on Tuesday as they host Muskingum for a 4pm contest.