FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – With an 21-7 win over the Cleary Cougars in the WHAC tournament semifinals, the (8) Lawrence Technological University women's lacrosse team moves on to play (4) Indiana Institute of Technology in the WHAC Championship on Saturday, April 27th at 1 p.m.
The Blue Devils dominated the game from the start to finish, including putting 37 shots on net versus the 17 put on by the Cougars. They had a 100% clear rate, 19 to Cleary's 11 draw controls and limited their fouls to 15.
Highlighting the game was that of the duo of Anna Gagnon and Teagan Laier, who each grabbed six points in the win. Gagnon has five assists and one goal while Laier grabbed six goals. Several other Blue Devils had stand out nights, including three goasl and two assists from Kady Waits, three goals and one assist from Ashley Sherry, three goals from Bella Van Buren, two goals and one assist from Gabi Larkin and two goals from Kaylee Patterson. Abby Barnewold had one assist while Abbey Smentoski grabbed a goal.
Defensively, Kaylee Patterson led the team in groundballs with three. Gabi Larkin led the team in draw controls, grabbing five. In net, Dorie Coggin had five saves, including two point blank back to back stops against the Cougars in the first half.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Kady Waits opened the game up with a quick goal in the first 30 seconds of the game. Then Cleary got to ball off the draw and decided to take a slower approach to the game, holding the ball for most of the 90 second shot clock. While this worked at first with a goal in the 26th minute, the Blue Devils then controlled the game with a five goal run. Cleary added one more, again from the high scoring Cougar Jordan Bloch, but LTU added four more until Bloch scored again. The Blue Devils then four more times before Cleary concluded the half with a quick pass from Isabell Carr to Hana Barnett, ending the half 14-4.
The Blue Devils did not let Cleary respond for the first ten minutes of the game, scoring six in a row, three of which were assisted, adding to the total of 10 assisted goals out of 21. The Cougar responded with back to back goals after the 15th minute of the second, but one more goal from a free positon from Teagan Laier and another goal from the cougar in the last ten minutes of the game sealed the win for Lawrence tech, winning 21-7.
WHAC CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
Earlier this season, the two seed Blue Devils faced the Warriors in Indiana, falling 14-13 in their lone conference loss. Lawrence Tech now has a second chance, leaving that loss behind with another opportunity to beat the regular season WHAC champions on Saturday, April 27th. The one seeded Warriors beat the four seeded Siena Heights handedly 16-7, despite a closer first half, to make it to the championships.
The Warriors were led by the stick of Abby Barkdull who had five goals and Bailey Childs who had three. The Blue Devils fought hard and fell, with multiple game changing oppurtunies handed to them, yet they left untaken. They were led by Kady Waits' four goals and two goals from Larkin, Gagnon and Sherry.