Cincinnati Wins Season Opener|
Feb. 15, 2009
CLINTON, S.C. -- Freshman Laura Simanski (Reisterstown, Md./Roland Park) scored four goals leading the University of Cincinnati lacrosse team to a 16-6 victory over Presbyterian College on Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats won the season opener on the road as four players recorded multiple-goal games.
Sophomore Lynsey Burton (Smithtown, N.Y./Ohio) scored an unassisted goal to start the scoring at the 28:05 mark of the first period. Senior Lindsey Marshall (Hilliard, Ohio/Ohio) took an assist from freshman Lauren Houck (Bel Air, Md./CM Wright) just 25 seconds later to give the Bearcats a 2-0 lead. Freshman MacKenzie Parsons (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) recorded a free position goal after a foul by PC’s Megan Woodis before the Blue Hose put their first point on the scoreboard.
Simanksi and sophomore Natalie Starvaggi (Loveland, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) traded two goals apiece over a span of three minutes to give UC a 7-1 advantage. Marshall recorded a free position goal before PC countered with a goal by Jenna Handshoe. Houck set up Simanski’s fourth goal with just under 11 minutes remaining in the period. Freshman Ali Mattingly (Davidsonville, Md./South River) took a feed from Burton at the 9:15 mark to give the Bearcats a 10-2 lead. On the following draw control Starvaggi scored an unassisted goal and freshman Maggie Hague (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) scored on Houck’s third assist of the game with 5:52 remaining. The Blue Hose got another unassisted goal from Handshoe with less than two minutes in the period, giving UC a 12-3 advantage at halftime.
Simanski started the second period with her final goal of the game and Houck picked up her fourth assist. An unassisted goal by junior Jess Kazaks (Patchogue, N.Y./Ohio) before Handshoe’s third goal for PC put the score at 14-4. Mattingly took an assist from Parsons and the Blue Hose countered with two goals. Freshman Jenn Doran (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) finished the scoring at the 1:12 mark of the game on a free position attempt, giving UC a 16-6 victory.
Cincinnati dominated most of the statistical categories, taking 33 shots to PC’s 17 and owning a 24-17 advantage on ground balls. UC, in only its second season of lacrosse, set a new single-game school record with four assists by Houck and matched a school-best four goals by Simanski. Freshman Katherine Russo (Westminster, Md./Winters Mills) picked up the win in goal, saving six.
The Bearcats head to Pittsburgh to play Duquesne and Robert Morris next. Cincinnati will face Duquesne on Friday, Feb. 20, in a 3 p.m. game and take on Robert Morris on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m.