Written by: Ali Holmquist, Sports Information Student Assistant
Alma, Mich. - The Alma College women's lacrosse team rolled over the Trine University Thunder 14-9 Thursday night (April 27). The Scots improved their record to 8-7 overall and 2-5 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. This is most games the Scots have won since the 2013 season.
Junior Brianna Soriano (San Diego, Cali. / Serra) led the Scots with four goals while senior Darby Kahler (Coldwater, Mich. / Coldwater) registered her second hat trick of the season. For the sixth game this season, Kahler collected a team-high in draw controls with three.
The Scots set the tone in the first two minutes of the game with a pair of goals 12 seconds apart by senior Kilee DeBrabander (Marshall, Mich. / Marshall) and Soriano. This is seventh time this season the Scots would be put on the board in the first two minutes of play. Five different Scots participated in the 8-0 run that would help Alma go into halftime with an eight point lead.
Sophomore Tori Basso (Lake Orion, Mich. / Lake Orion) got the second half started with her fourth goal of the season. At the 19:45 mark, Kahler would give the Scots a ten goal lead with a man-down goal. It was the first man-down goal scored by the Scots since the 2016 season opener.
Due to yellow cards and an injury, Alma was forced to play down a player for five minutes, allowing the Thunder to cut the lead to four. Freshman Olivia Benoit (Grosse Pointe, Mich. / Grosse Pointe North) increased the lead to five after a free position goal with three seconds remaining in the game.
The Scots, who won the battle for ground balls 23-18, were led by junior Stephanie Mangutz (Mio, Mich. / Mio-AuSable) with five. Kahler trailed close behind with four.
In goal was freshman Allie Ray (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. / Comsewogue) who made eight saves on 17 shots. Ray continues to lead the conference with a save percentage of 51.7 percent.
The Scots will hit the road on Saturday (April 29) to play their last regular season game against the Hope College Flying Dutch in Holland, Mich. Opening draw is set at 1 p.m.
Contact: Zach Russo, Assistant Sports Information Director, (989) 463-7436