Senior midfielder Riley Marion stole the show in the women’s lacrosse team’s matchup March 23 against Elmira College, scoring seven goals in the Bombers’ 22–1 victory.
It was the Bombers first conference game and their first game since their spring break road trip. The team composed a record of 2–1 over a seven day journey that saw the South Hill squad score a combined 31 goals. The win against the Soaring Eagles extends their winning streak to three games. They continued a level of play that has pleased first year head coach Karrie Moore so far early in the season.
“I think we played really well today and I was happy how every single person on the field played,” Moore said. “Felt like we had a good trip and we were ready to put together the stuff they had been working on.”
The Bombers started the scoring parade off early when Marion scored the first two goals of the games within 30 seconds of each other. The next three goals came from junior attackman Morgan Racicot and freshman attackman Allison Panara, one from Racicot and the following two from Panara. Marion scored again to give herself a hat trick and give the Bombers a 6–0 lead nine minutes into the game.
The Bombers did not stop there though, as Marion went to score three more goals after that to make the score 10–0 before the Bombers reached the halfway mark of the first half. Marion said the first half offensive explosion by the Bombers was due part to the team being able to play the game at their pace.
“It’s really good for us because we wanted to play a full game at our pace,” Marion said. “If you make a couple of goals it makes you feel good and builds your confidence.”
The Soaring Eagles, coming into the contest with 1–2 record, barely managed to get three shots against Junior goalkeeper Emily Ross in the first half with none going into the goal. The Soaring Eagles only crossed over to the Bombers side of the field less than five times in the first half and even less in the second half as the Bombers dictated the play of the game from the opening faceoff.
In the second half, sophomore goalkeeper Kimberly Presuto replaced Ross and gave up a goal 15 seconds into giving the Soaring Eagles their first goal of the game. But it would not matter much as junior attackmen Gabby Berne marched up the field on the next possession and scored to put the Bombers back up by 15. Marion would score one more time with 11 minutes to go to continue the Bombers blowout.
Coach Moore was not surprised that Marion had the kind of game that she produced against the soaring Eagles.
“She is the kind of attacker that goes hard,” Moore said. “She’s a work horse and when she has opportunities she takes them.”
Marion said after the win today, the team feels it is in a good place.
“We weren’t completely happy even though we won over spring break,” Marion said. “For this game we wanted to go into conference play starting strong so we could go into this weekend playing strong and we got to do that today.”
The Bombers improve their record to 4–2 on the season and now 1–0 in conference play. The South Hill squad returns to the pitch 11 a.m. March 26 for a road conference matchup against Stevens Institute of Technology.