Fri. Jul 1st, 2022

The West Chester women’s lacrosse team, which currently sits at the top of the PSAC standings, had yet another successful week in their quest to repeat as national champions. The Golden Rams beat rival Bloomsburg by a score of 18-2 on March 18.

For host Bloomsburg (3-1 overall, 1-1 conference) it was their first loss of their young season. For the visiting Golden Rams (4-0, 2-0) it was their 24th consecutive overall win and their 41st straight conference victory.

A sign of their dominance is the fact that the Rams have outscored their opponents this season by a total of 73 goals to 15. They have also outshot their opposition by a margin of 168-60.

The Rams got off to a fast start, jumping ahead 9-2 by the half. WCU’s defense and goaltending took over in the second half, shutting out Bloomsburg, while the offense continued to run rampant.

Leading the way for the Rams was senior attacker Jackie Baker, who returned after missing one game due to an injury. She scored four goals and also tallied an assist.

Also in the mix was senior midfielder Courtney Whiting, who also tallied four goals in the win. Whiting has 14 goals so far this season, good for the tea lead.

Junior midfielder/defender Chrissy Stokes notched a hat trick and added an assist, while sophomore midfielder/attacker Claire Grimwood scored a pair of goals and added an assist to her team leading total (10). In addition to leading the team in assists, Grimwood is also leading the way with 18 points.

Also scoring for the Rams were sophomore attacker Shannon Hayes (one goal and two assists), junior midfielder/attacker Nicole Haines, (two goals and one assist) and senior midfielder/defender Gina DiDomenicis (one goal and one assist).

It was yet another stellar game in net for senior Mary Beth Green, who made 14 saves and played the entire game for the Rams.

The Rams have a busy week coming as they play four games in seven days. First up they are away against East Stroudsburg (3-3, 2-0) on March 23. From there it’s off to Millersville (1-2, 0-2) on March 26 to face the Marauders. The Rams cap off the stretch by playing back-to back weekend contests in Erie, Pa. On March 28 they play the dangerous Mercyhurst Lakers (3-0, 2-0), and on the 29 they square off against Gannon (2-2, 1-1).

Colin McGlinchey is a fourth-year student majoring in English with a minor in Journalism. He can be reached at CM646588@wcupa.edu.

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