Baer keys McDaniel win
Green Terror use 6-1 run to help in 11-8 victory over Messiah
WESTMINSTER, Md. - Brittany Baer (Manchester, Md./Westminster) recorded five goals to lead McDaniel to an 11-8 victory over Messiah in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Wednesday.
Lisa Jurd (Columbia, Md./Hammond) added two goals and Sarah Mintz (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) chipped in a goal and two assists for the Green Terror (2-0), who used a 6-1 run that spanned both halves to turn a 4-all deadlock into a 10-5 lead.
Cecilia Kjellman, Maddie Comfort and Megan Bovenzi recorded two goals apiece for the Falcons (0-2), who outshot McDaniel 32-25 in the game.
After Kjellman and Comfort tallied 13 seconds apart to draw the visitors even with 7:30 remaining in the first half, Baer took a page out of Comfort's book and took the draw straight to go to give the Green Terror a one-goal edge 12 seconds later.
Baer added two more goals, including one of a Mintz feed with 4:11 to play in the first half, to stretch the lead to 7-4 at the break.
Paige Messersmtih (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) extended the lead to 8-4 just 3:16 into the second half before Bovenzi broke up the run with a free-position goal at the 34:39 mark.
Chelsea Watkins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) and Jurd extended the lead to five before Bovenzi and Comfort closed the deficit to 10-7 with 7:34 to play.
Baer pushed the lead back to four a minute and a half later before Rachel Dirksen set the final margin.
Jurd opened the scoring five minutes into the game.
Meghan Doolittle evened the game 1:19 later before Erinn Hopkins (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) and Kjellman exchanged goals 21 seconds apart.
Mintz and Bear extended the lead to 4-2 midway through the half.
Leanne Hollinger (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) made 14 saves in the cage for McDaniel while Taylor Phillips had eight stops for Messiah.
In addition to her five goals, Baer added six draw controls, three ground balls and a caused turnover.
McDaniel returns to action at home against St. Mary's (Md.) on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.
Messiah (0-2) 4 4 - 8
McDaniel (2-0) 7 4 - 11
Messiah: Cecilia Kjellman 2, Maddie Comfort 2, Megan Bovenzi 2, Rachel Dirksen, Meghan Doolittle.
McDaniel: Brittany Baer 5, Lisa Jurd 2, Sarah Mintz, Chelsea Watkins, Erinn Hopkins, Paige Messersmith.
Messiah: Dirksen, Nikki Lawrence.
McDaniel: Mintz 2, Alison Rose.
Shots: Me 32, Mc 25. Ground Balls: Me 23, Mc 21. Goalies: Me (Taylor Phillips - 14 saves, 11 GA), Mc 14 (Leanne Hollinger - 14 saves, 8 GA). Caused Turnovers: Me 9, Mc 6. Turnovers: Me 16, Mc 24. Draw Controls: Me 10, Mc 11. Free Position: Me 1 of 10, Mc 0 of 2.