Wooster Doubles Up Wittenberg in NCAC Opener

Alexa Mellis
Alexa Mellis
Katie Shideler
Katie Shideler

The high-scoring College of Wooster women's lacrosse team netted 20 goals for the fourth time this season and doubled up host Wittenberg University 20-10 on Saturday afternoon at Edwards-Maurer Field in Springfield, Ohio.

Wooster (8-0, 1-0 North Coast Athletic Conference), now a win shy of matching the 1975 team for the best start in program history, tallied a lengthy scoring run in each half. In the first half, it was the Scots' six-goal swing that staked Wooster to a 6-1 lead just before the 17-minute mark. Junior Jenny Grossmann found the back of the net twice during the run, while senior Emma Lawrence scored the go-ahead goal with 20:22 left in the half and distributed a pair of helpers.

In the second half, Emily Wadds pulled Wittenberg (4-6, 0-2) within six with 18:10 remaining. Wooster responded with a 5-0 run, while defensively the Scots shut down the Tigers for the most part, allowing a single score down the stretch. Boersma continued to spark Wooster's strongest offensive segments with the first two goals of the run, while sophomore Alexa Mellis upped her team lead in goals to 24 with the Scots' final two tallies of the afternoon.

Senior Megan Healy, who entered play tied with Molly Sennett (2012-15) for the most career caused turnovers in program history, officially moved past the former Scot standout right after Wooster's fourth goal of the game.

Boersma set a new career-high with seven points, which included a co-career-best four goals. Mellis and senior Laura Papp backed Boersma's career day up with four goals each.

Healy led Wooster with seven draw controls and five groundballs, while sophomore Katie Shideler turned aside 11 shots for the second straight game.

Wadds was the standout of the afternoon for Wittenberg with 15 draw controls, four goals, four groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Joanna Stecz posted 13 saves in goal.

Wooster finished with slight advantages in shots (37-31), groundballs (26-23), and had five fewer turnovers than Wittenberg, but the Tigers dominated the draw controls, 19-12.

Next, Wooster takes on NCAA Div. II Ursuline College (2-4) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. The game will be played at Wooster High School.