February 10, 2013

Vandy Beats Kennesaw State in Owls' Debut

from press release

The Vanderbilt lacrosse team evened its record at 1-1 by winning its 2013 home opener Sunday, defeating visiting Kennesaw State by a tally of 22-3.

Playing in a constant rain storm with winds approaching 25 miles per hour, the Commodores were able to break out to a 10-goal advantage in the first 21 minutes and cruise to victory over the Owls. Kennesaw State is in its first season playing NCAA Division I lacrosse.

"This was a really important game for us," VU Head Coach Cathy Swezey said. "In our first game against Jacksonville, we were nervous and it showed at times. Today was important for us to shake off the nerves and simply play based on how hard we've worked. It was a good day for us to recognize how talented we are."

Senior Carly Linthicum led the Commodores in scoring for the second straight game, tallying five goals and adding an assist. Junior Abby Wheeler added a hat-trick. The Commodores' 14 other goals were all scored by members of the freshmen class.

"This is one of the best recruiting classes we have had here," Swezey said. "While they're capable of incredible things, there's a lot of pressure on freshmen who starting or even coming off the bench first. They have to learn to get used to that."

Kelly Chandler and Amanda Lockwood scored four goals each, while Alexa Kunowsky added a hat-trick. Ashlin Dolan, Mallory Schonk and Mackenzie Smith all added goals as well. Eleven of VU's 22 goals were assisted, with Dolan passing the squad with three helpers.

While the Owls held a 14-13 advantage on the draw, Vanderbilt registered 12 caused turnovers in the contest led by five from Schonk. In the Commodore goal, senior Chelsea Pasfield made two saves in the first half as VU grew its lead to 15-3 at the break. Sophomore Maddie Kratz saved the only shot she faced in the second stanza.

Vanderbilt will remain at home this week and play host to Denver on Saturday, Feb. 16, for a 1 p.m. CT match. That game will be the Pioneers' 2013 season opener.


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