Cincinnati - Olivia Benoit (Grosse Pointe, Mich. / Grosse Pointe North) scored all eight goals and Allie Ray (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. / Comsewogue) made 25 saves but the Alma College women's lacrosse team dropped a 12-8 decision to Mount St. Joseph University (OH) on Sunday (March 10).
Benoit's eight goals are the most in her career and tied for the third-most goals in program history. Ray's save total is tied for the most in her career and was one save shy of the team record set by Stephanie Herman in 2012.
Benoit also led Alma (3-2) with a team-high eight ground balls. Haley Willman (Hemlock, Mich. / Breckenridge) scooped up six ground balls and Courtney Hartnagle (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) caused three turnovers.
Mount St. Joseph's (1-1) Olivia Hocker scored five goals while Megan Dancer picked up 13 ground balls and caused six turnovers.
How It Happened
- The Lions got out to a 1-0 lead five and a half minutes into the game, but Benoit scored the next three goals within a 1:50 span. Mount St. Joseph would come back with five straight goals to take a 6-3 lead. Benoit scored on a free-position attempt with three minutes left in the half to pull Alma to within two.
- Mount St. Joseph scored nine seconds into the second half to go back up by three, but Benoit scored less than two minutes later. Those goals were the first of three that the two teams would trade over the first eight minutes of the second half.
- The Lions scored two goals in a 30-second span to go up by four midway through the half. Benoit would score her eighth goal of the game minutes later, but the Scots couldn't get any closer.
- This is the second time Benoit has scored a career-high this year; she scored seven goals in Alma's previous game at Franklin College (IN).
- Benoit's 19 shots are the most taken by a player in Alma College history.
- Allie Ray has four of the program's top five individual single-game saves records.
- Eighty-one shots were taken in the game.
- The Lions were called for 34 fouls in the game; Alma was called for 15.
- Two Mount St. Joseph players were given yellow cards, while another was given a green card.
The Scots have two weeks off until their next game. They will host Cleary University on Sunday, March 24 at noon.