Dutchwomen win opener easily, 15-4

>In every category of the game, Union College’s women’s lacrosse team was simply too quick for Easte

In every category of the game, Union College’s women’s lacrosse team was simply too quick for Eastern (Pa).

The Dutchwomen literally ran past the Eagles, 15-4, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship Wednesday at Frank Bailey Field.

Not only were scorers like Kristin Joyce (three goals), Allie Cuozzo (two goals) and Chelsea Charette (two goals) too fast for the Eagles’ defenders to handle, but Kat Ruggiero’s goalie stick was equally quick in shutting down Eastern’s top scoring threats, Grace Griffin and Jessie Basch, who combined for 83 goals during the regular season.

Griffin, a 50-goal scorer who was nursing a hamstring injury, was held scoreless, while Basch connected for two goals and a pair of assists for the 14-5 Eagles.

Union head coach Jess Critchlow wasn’t surprised by the one-sided nature of the game.

“Any time you play that well in every facet of the game, you can expect to win by that kind of margin,” she said. “I knew if we played tough defense, we would have a good game against them. The biggest thing was not to foul them and give them any free shots.”

Critchlow said Union’s defense set the tone for the game, especially when Ruggiero made two of her 13 saves on the first couple of Eastern possessions.

“Kat is a game changer,” the coach said. “She is a special person, because she is composed and doesn’t get

upset if she lets in a goal or two.”

“We like to think that we have a solid defense to go along with all of our scorers on offense. I just try to do my part,” Ruggiero said. “I was injured for a good part of the season, but when I came back,

everyone picked me up, and it felt like I was starting all over again.”

All the Dutchwomen agreed that their speed was too much for Eastern to handle.

“We are an extremely quick team. We knew we could run past them. We were told to shoot low on their goalkeeper, and it worked,” said Allie Cuozzo.

“Our transition goals were the key,” added Joyce. “We have six or seven players who can score, so they can’t shut down one person.”

Union plays SUNY-Cortland at the College of New Jersey Saturday.

Eastern  2 2 —  4

Union 10 5 — 15

Eastern scoring: Jessie Basch 2-2, Erin Reimel 1-0, Erin Fries 1-0, Grace Griffin 0-1,

Katie Maguie 0-1. Union scoring: Kristin Joyce 3-2, Allie Cuozzo 2-1, Chelsea Char­ette 2-0, Keri Mesa 2-1, Caitlin Cuozzo 1-2, Steph Eglizi 1-0, Jill LaForest 1-0, Kelley Flanagan 1-0, Casey Dianni 1-0, Shelby Cutter 1-0, Abbey Stohler 1-0, Melissa Hine 0-1, Becca Kriskey 0-1.

Goalkeepers: Eastern, Kimberly Campbell, 10 saves; Union, Kat Ruggiero, 13 saves.

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