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Lions fend off Notre Dame, 13-11, to take over second place in CSAC

Lions fend off Notre Dame, 13-11, to take over second place in CSAC

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's lacrosse team took over second place in the Colonial States Athletic Conference thanks to a hard-fought 13-11 victory over the College of Notre Dame (Md.) Tuesday afternoon on General Ronald K. Nelson Field.

With the victory, Bryn Athyn improves to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the CSAC—one half-game ahead of Notre Dame who is now 4-3 and 2-1 in conference play.

Payton Gormley and Bri Lennox got the Lions off to a fast start by combining to score Bryn Athyn's first four goals. Gormley put Bryn Athyn on the board just 1:59 into the contest with the first of her three goals. Then, Lennox—who posted a season-high seven goals—went to work extending the gap to 4-0 by scoring three straight times in a 2:03 span. Chantal Farmer assisted on Lennox's third goal of the afternoon at 24:39.

With the score sitting at 4-1 after Katie Hawkins recorded the Gators' first goal, Lennox netted her fourth goal at 20:25 to restore the four-goal advantage. Then, started with Gator goals by Megan Morales and Loren Pardoe, the two teams took turns swapping two-goal mini-runs for the rest of the half ending with the Lions leading at halftime 9-5. Lennox had two of the goals, while Gormley and Farmer each added a goal. Morales recorded two goals, while Kirstin McGee scored once for Notre Dame.

Gormley's third goal of the game, which game 3:26 into the second half, extended Bryn Athyn's lead to five (10-5). Notre Dame fought back to close the gap two by scoring five of the next seven goals—with the Lion goals coming from Farmer and Tina Tu—to make the score 12-10 with 8:09 left.

Lennox capped off her big day that included three draw controls, two ground balls, and one caused turnover with her seventh goal at the 4:30 to allow the Lions to regain their three-goal advantage.

Sarah Reed led the defensive effort with three caused turnovers and four ground balls. Tu also had a team-high four ground balls. Goalie Sarah Smith stopped a career-best 10 shots.

Loren Pardoe, McGee, and Morales all scored three times for the Gators. In addition to her hat trick, Morales racked up 10 draw controls. Calenna Cauley recorded 10 stops.

Bryn Athyn hosts Centenary (N.J.) in a CSAC match in its next game on Saturday, April 6 at 3 p.m.