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Rylie McGhan
Rylie McGhan scored one of the four goals for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

LR Women’s Lacrosse Opens Season With Dominating Win

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team scored the first 14 goals in the game as they dominated Southern Wesleyan in the 2024 season opener. The 23 goals scored by the Bears are the most in a game since they dropped 23 on Wingate on March 29, 2014. 11 different players scored a goal in the onslaught, led by four from Rylie McGhan.

Ellie Campbell scored the first goal of the season, a man-up goal, as she took a feed from Kaitlyn Cavanaugh just under two minutes into the game. The Bears ended up putting nine goals on the board in the first quarter as Cavanaugh had three goals and three assists on her own. Anneleise Meyer had her first career goal in the opening quarter as six different players found the back of the net.

It was more of the same in the second quarter with Chloe Christensen scoring on the man advantage. Emily Foxall added the Bears 11th goal and McGhan scored twice. SWU would break through with their only goal at the 4:54 mark of the second quarter but McGhan had the answer as the Bears went into the break up 15-1.

Alexa Burghardt scored twice to start the second half and Olivia Newton’s fourth quarter goal put LR up 20. Madison Brugger would tally the last goal of the game for the Bears. LR held a 32-2 advantage in shots on goal, including a 13-0 mark in the first quarter alone. The Bears held SWU to just two clears in 14 attempts and forced 23 Warrior turnovers. LR held a 17-10 advantage in draw controls. Christensen and Campbell each had five draw controls and Burghardt added four. Four different players caused two turnovers.

The 23 goals are the second-most in a game in program history. LR scored 23 on three different occasions. The record for most goals in a game came in 2012 when LR scored 25 against Urbana. This was the 60th all-time win for LR at Moretz Stadium. This was win number one in the LR head coaching career of Shannon McHale and number 198 of her head coaching career.

The Bears return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as they host Florida Tech.