Suzy Smith tied her career high with seven goals scored as the Lenoir-Rhyne women’s lacrosse team began and ended the game with a bang in a 16-9 win over UVA Wise on a windy Saturday at Moretz Stadium. LR scored 15 of its 16 goals in the first and fourth quarters and Isabelle Dunnam broke the program record for caused turnovers in a season with her 35th.
Tess Grimley started the scoring less than two minutes in to open an eight-goal first quarter for the Bears. Smith had a hat trick in the first quarter and Morey had three assists in the opening stanza.
LR took an 8-1 advantage into the second quarter but had trouble scoring over the second and third quarters. The teams each scored only once in the second quarter but the Cavs used a 4-0 run in the third quarter to cut the Bears lead to 9-7 heading into the fourth.
LR came out scorching in the fourth quarter with Ellie Campbell scoring twice and Smith scoring four straight for LR. Smith’s seven goals came on just nine total shots.
Morey finished with two goals and three assists while Kaitlyn Cavanaugh had a goal and four assists. Campbell also netted a hat trick for the Bears.
A game after tying the program record for caused turnovers in a game with seven, Dunnam added six more caused turnovers and two ground balls. Chloe Christensen, Campbell and Tess Grimley each had three draw controls.
The visitors were led by five goals from Katie Allen and three goals and an assist from Grace Gollat.
This was the fourth time in her short career that Smith notched seven goals in a game. It was the second time in Smith’s career that she scored seven on UVA Wise.
The Bears got revenge on UVA Wise for last year’s SAC Tournament overtime game where UVA Wise advanced thanks to a 12-11 win. Dunnam’s 35 caused turnovers on the season ranks second in the conference and broke Claire Wach’s 2014 mark of 34 as the most in a single-season.
The Bears are 5-7 overall, 3-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. They return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Limestone for a 7 p.m. contest.