Women's Lacrosse Comes Back to Top St. Mary

Posted April 8, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 8, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College women’s lacrosse team hosted the University of St. Mary (Kan.) Saturday afternoon at Gregg-Mitchell Field in a KCAC contest.  The Vikings trailed at halftime, but used a big second half to earn a 12-11 victory.


The Vikings got on top early, as Freshman Midfielder Payge Farewell (Henderson, Nev.) scored with just over six minutes played to put MVC up, 1-0.  St. Mary followed less than one minute later with its first goal of the game, to tie the contest, but Sophomore Attacker Sydney Moyer (Kansas City, Mo.) put the Vikings up by a 2-0 score with 22-minutes to play in the first half.  St. Mary responded with just under 11-minutes gone to get the game tied again, this time at 2-2.  The Spires continued to add to their lead, scoring two more goals, and holding a 4-2 advantage with just under 11-minutes to play before the break.  A goal by Freshman Attacker Hayley Magditch (Wentzville, Mo.) stopped the USM goal streak, but St. Mary answered with another goal near the five-minute mark to hold a 5-3 lead.  The Viking deficit grew to 6-3 with less than two minutes to play in the half, but Freshman Attacker Kellyann Poseluzny (Edmonton, Alberta) scored before the break to send MVC into halftime trailing, 6-4.


The second half opened with a number of chances on goal for Missouri Valley.  Two shots were saved the USM keeper in the opening two minutes, but Sophomore Attacker Amelia Nelson (Apopka, Fla.) came through with just over three minutes played to cut the deficit to 6-5.  Less than two minutes later, Farewell added another goal, tying the contest at 6-6.  Farewell scored again, this time with 22-minutes to play in the contest, to put MVC back in front, 7-6.  St. Mary leveled the game at 7-7 one-minute later, then used an extra-player opportunity to score and go in front 8-7 with 10-minutes gone in the half.  The Spires scored again, a little over one-minute later, to hold a 9-7 lead, but Missouri Valley answered back.  Nelson scored her second goal near the 18-minute mark, then MVC used an extra-player opportunity to tie the game at 9-9 on another Farewell goal.  Moyer made it three goals in a row for Missouri Valley, scoring with 17-minutes to play in the contest, and giving the Vikings a 10-9 lead.  Senior Midfielder Myleka Booze (Baltimore, Md.) scored her first goal of the game, near the midway point of the half, to open up an 11-9 lead, and Junior Goalkeeper April Hennen (St. Charles, Mo.) came up with a save two minutes later to keep MVC in front by two goals.  St. Mary did climb back into the game, and scored two goals within seconds of each other near the eight-minute mark, to tie the contest at 11-11.  Hennen came up with a save following the game-tying goal, and the two teams traded position over the next few minutes.  Eventually, Booze got free near the USM goal, and put the Vikings in front, 12-11, with three-minutes remaining.  Missouri Valley finished out the rest of the game with position, and topped St. Mary, 12-11.


Farewell led the team with four goals and one assists.  She had seven shots and six shots on goal.  Moyer, Booze and Nelson each had two goals.  Hennen made seven saves in goal.  The Vikings held a 16-8 advantage in draw controls and a 35-22 edge in total shots.


The win puts Missouri Valley at 4-6 overall and 2-2 in the KCAC.  St. Mary falls to 3-8 on the season and 0-4 in conference play.


Up next, the Vikings travel to Fremont, Neb., to play Midland (Neb.) University in a KCAC contest, Wednesday at 7 p.m.



About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.


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