Larson tallies seven to lead Dickinson into semis

CARLISLE, Pa. – Abby Larson netted seven goals, including three straight to end the first half, to lift Dickinson to a 19-11 victory over McDaniel in the first round of the 2009 Centennial Conference (CC) women’s lacrosse tournament on Wednesday.

            Clinging to an 8-7 lead with 1:38 remaining in the first half, Larson reeled off three goals in a 50-second span to spark a 9-1 run that gave the fourth-seeded Red Devils (11-6) a 17-8 lead with 11:35 remaining in the contest. With the victory, Dickinson advances to Saturday’s semifinal against top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.
            Brittany Baer (Westminster, Md./Westminster) recorded four goals for the Green Terror (9-8), who fell for the first time in four CC first-round games. Baer completed her record-setting season with 76 goals and has tied the conference record by netting at least one goal in the last 29 contests.
            After Larson stretched the lead to four at the intermission, Kelsey Muir picked up where she left off, scoring 1:57 into the second half.
            Lexie Kob pushed the lead to 13-7 a minute later before Kelly Scheler (Forest Hill, Md./C. Milton Wright) broke up the stretch with 21:58 to play.
            Four straight free-position goals by four different players over a 9-minute, 20-second span capped the game-clinching run.
            Seniors Chelsea Ferruzzi (Jenkintown, Pa./Jenkintown), Jennifer Stone (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) and Lindsey McDonald (Germantown, Md./Damascus) each scored to pull the visitors within 17-11 with 5:50 to play but Kob and Sunnie Ko rounded out the scoring to set the final margin.
            Lucy West and Larson staked Dickinson to a 2-0 lead 4:01 into the contest before Stone tallied twice around a Baer marker to give the No. 5 seed a 3-2 lead at the 21:15 mark.
            Muir and Alysa Crellin turned the one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead 46 seconds later but unassisted tallies from Baer and Ferruzzi 30 seconds apart reestablished the McDaniel edge with 18:14 showing in the first half.
            Two Larson tallies and a Muir goal made it 7-5 with 13:26 to play before Baer scored two of the next three to pull the visitors back within one.
Score by Half                                            1          2          -           F
McDaniel (9-8)                                          7          4          -           11
Dickinson (11-6)                                       11        8          -           19
McDaniel: Brittany Baer 4, Jennifer Stone 3, Chelsea Ferruzzi 2, Lindsey McDonald, Kelly Scheler.
Dickinson: Abby Larson 7, Lexie Kob 3, Lucy West 3, Kelsey Muir 3, Amy Jennings, Sunnie Ko, Alysa Crellin.
McDaniel: McDonald 2, Baer.
Dickinson: Jennings 3, Ko 2, Kob, West, Blair Thompson.
Shots: M 30, D 42. Ground Balls: M 24, D 32. Goalies: M (Leanne Hollinger 43:18 – 9 saves, 14 GA; Meg Tart 16:42 – 6 saves, 5 GA), D (Jessie Clark 60:00 – 11 saves, 11 GA). Caused Turnovers: M 9, D 18. Turnovers: M 25, D 19. Draw Controls: M 13, D 19. Free Position: M 2 of 7, D 4 of 6.