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Paige Messersmith © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Paige Messersmith © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Susquehanna jumps out to early lead en route to 14-6 win over McDaniel

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Sarah Wright tallied four goals and three assists to lead Susquehanna to a 14-6 victory over McDaniel in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Thursday.

Lisa Jurd (Columbia, Md./Hammond) registered two goals and an assist to lead the Green Terror (1-8), who had its stretch of four straight games decided by one goal or in overtime snapped.

Michelle McGinniss and Ally Bauer contributed hat tricks for the Crusaders (5-3), who scored the game's first five goals en route to the eight-goal victory.

Erin Dyer found Lindsey Derstine for her first of three assists just over eight minutes into the game.

Clinging to that 1-0 lead through a defensive first nearly 14 minutes of the game, Wright found a streaking Bauer with 16:08 to play to spark a three-goal flurry over the next 2 minutes, 8 seconds.

Wright finished off a Derstine feed 1:28 before Dyer hit McGinniss for a 4-0 lead with 14:00 to play.

Emily Walsh made a move from behind the net to stretch the lead to five with 9:08 showing.

Chelsea Watkins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) helped McDaniel break up the shutout, finishing Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) with 6:30 to go before converting a free-position goal with 1:38 on the clock to cut the deficit to 5-2.

Derstine stretched the lead back to four, finding the back of the net on a free-position attempt of her own with 14.7 seconds remaining in the first half.

Derstine pushed the lead to five just 1:19 into the second half before Jurd hit Mary Tokolish (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) with 22:26 to play.

A McGinniss marker and back-to-back scores by Wright stretched the advantage to 10-3 with 11:50 to play before Tokolish broke up the run at the 9:20 mark.

A Dyer tally and pair of Bauer goals pushed the lead to 14-3 with 2:11 to play before Jurd hit a free-position goal with 1:54 on the clock.

McGinniss and Jurd exchanged tallies in the final 1:17 to set the final margin.

Messersmith won five draw controls and picked up three ground balls while causing two turnovers. The trio of Steph Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's), Emily Harman (Columbia, Md./Hammond) and Erin McDonnell (Cockeysville, Md./Maryvale Prep) each picked up five ground balls, contributing to a 29-22 advantage in that category for the hosts.

The Green Terror returns to action at home against No. 7 Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.

Score by Period                     1          2          -           F
Susquehanna (5-3)                    6          8          -           14
McDaniel (1-8)                                    2          4          -           6

Sarah Wright 4, Michelle McGinniss 3, Ally Bauer 3, Lindsey Derstine 2, Erin Dyer, Emily Walsh.
McDaniel: Lisa Jurd 2, Mary Tokolish 2, Chelsea Watkins, Paige Messersmith.

Dyer 3, Wright 3, Bauer, Derstine, McGinniss.
McDaniel: Jurd, Watkins.

Goalies: S (Emily Stankaitis – 10 saves, 6 GA), M (Aimee Semler – 2 saves, 6 GA, 30:00; Katherine Herzog – 2 saves, 3 GA, 15:16; Kate Goldstein – 3 saves, 5 GA, 14:43). Caused Turnovers: S 12, M 10.