WESTMINSTER, Md. – Messiah, ranked 14th in the latest IWLCA poll, reeled off five straight goals in a 10-minute stretch to key a 16-10 victory over McDaniel in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Wednesday.
Danielle Entrot (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) led the Green Terror (0-2) with three goals, tallying her second hat trick in as many collegiate games.
Rachel Dirksen led the Falcons (1-0) in the opener with five goals and an assist while Cecilia Kjellman tallied four markers.
After Lizzy Keeney and Entrot exchanged goals to knot the game at 1-all with 24:05 to play in the first half, Kjellman converted a free-position shot with 22:19 remaining to spark a 9-1 run over the next 20:07.
Kiersten McGreen finished off a Dirksen assist with 21:01 to play before Dirksen, McGreer and Kjellman all scored unassisted to stretch the lead to 6-1 with 12:27 showing.
Mary Tokolish (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) converted a free-position shot on an empty net with 8:50 on the clock to momentarily halt the run but Dirksen and McGreen scored one minute apart to make it an 8-2 game with 5:59 showing.
Trailing 10-2, Bridget Bopst (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) scored her first collegiate goal with 1:28 to play before Tokolish scored her second of the day with 51.1 seconds on the clock to make it a 10-4 game at the break.
Gabrielle Hamelryck scored 1:56 into the second half before Anna Beaudry (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) scored with 26:56 showing to spark a McDaniel rally.
Chelsea Watkins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) finished a free-position shot 36 seconds later before Dirksen won the ensuing draw control and went straight to goal to make it a 12-6 game with 26:04 remaining.
Back-to-back Beaudry-to-Entrot goals just 50 seconds apart closed the deficit to 12-8 before Kaitlin Mahoney (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue) hit from eight meters to make it a three-goal game with 21:41 to play.
A Hamelryck unassisted goal and free-position markers from Kjellman and Direksen extended the lead back to five just 3 minutes, 26 seconds later before Bopst and Dirksen traded solo runs in the final 10 minutes.
Messiah finished with a 33-19 advantage in shots, including 21-7 in the decisive first half.
Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) recorded five draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers while Kaylee Hoover (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) notched three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against St. Mary's (Md.) on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.