WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel scored five straight goals to turn a 5-all deadlock into a 10-5 advantage early in the second half en route to a 12-9 non-conference women's lacrosse victory over St. Mary's (Md.) on Saturday.
Danielle Entrot (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) continued the hot start to her career for the Green Terror (1-2) with her third hat trick, registering four goals on the day to give her 10 in her first three collegiate games.
Emily Shafer led the Seahawks (1-3) with two goals and two assists.
After St. Mary's scored three straight goals to knot the game with 8:04 to play in the opening half, Bridget Bopst (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) responded with the team's 12th free-position goal of the season 41 seconds later.
Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney), who contributed a hat trick of her own, registered her lone assist of the day when she found Entrot in close to stretch the lead to 7-5 with 4:48 to play.
Messersmith finished a solo run from the top of the circle 1:43 later to give the hosts an 8-5 advantage at the break.
A Chelsea Watkins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) unassisted marker 3:19 into the second half stretched the lead to 9-5 before Entrot converted yet another free-position attempt for a 10-5 lead with 24:22 to play.
Cailey Aburn found Emily Shafer in traffic to momentarily halt the run with 21:54 to play but Kaitlin Mahoney (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue) reestablished the five-goal edge off a Julia Jacobs (Stevensville, Md./St. Mary's) assist just 54 seconds later.
Lauriann Parker hit Erin Shackelford with 15:27 to play to cut the deficit to 11-7 before Parker finished a Shafer feed and then Shafer finished a solo run of her own to make it a two-goal game with 9:43 to play.
Messersmith pushed the lead back to three 2:33 later, setting the final margin.
Amelia Tenberg wasted no time, finishing a Melissa Mayer feed in the upper-half of the net just 29 seconds into the game.
A Bopst free-position maker three minutes later tied the game before Messersmith gave McDaniel a 2-1 lead with 25:42 showing.
Entrot finished Jacobs' first collegiate point and then an Anna Beaudry (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) feed in a 2-minute, 7-second span to stretch the lead to 4-1 with 22:51 remaining.
Killy Routson and Beaudry traded tallies before Aburn started a three-goal run in 3:13.
Mayer and Shackelford completed the game-tying run by St. Mary's.
Messersmith and Steph Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) added four draw controls and four ground balls each. Nichols added two caused turnovers while Messersmith had one. Kaylee Hoover (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) contributed a team-high five ground balls to go with two draw controls and a caused turnover.
Kate Goldstein (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) made 10 saves in goal, including nine in the second half.
The Green Terror finished with a 31-21 advantage in shots and won 17 draw controls compared to six for the Seahawks. McDaniel also had a 27-22 edge in ground balls.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Stevenson on Tuesday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.