WLAX wins first game in program history

Photos courtesy of Brennan Izzo
Photos courtesy of Brennan Izzo
  • WLAX records first win in program history
  • Winnicki and Dudley each tally two goals and an assist
  • Ballow phenomenal in first collegiate start in goal

TIFFIN -- They finally got the win they've been looking for.

On a windy Sunday afternoon at Hoernemann Stadium, the Heidelberg University women's lacrosse team recorded its first-ever program win, a 7-5 score over Concordia University (MI). After a tough inaugural year in 2017, the Berg finally got the first win in program history.

The win comes one day after the men's lacrosse team secured its first-ever home win.

Dana Dudley and Anna Winnicki provided much of the Heidelberg offense, scoring two goals and adding as assist each.

Freshman Jessica Ballow was spectacular between the pipes in her first collegiate start. The Wooster native made 13 saves in the victory.

Jenna Carman found Jen Kovarik wide open in front of the goal, and the junior capitalized scoring HU's first goal of the 2018 season. The lead was short-lived, as Concordia tied it up less than a minute later.

With 17:18 before the break, Amanda Sugrue snuck a shot past the Cardinal goalie to give Heidelberg a 2-1 advantage.

Dudley -- the Berg's leading scorer a season ago -- added to the lead netting her first goal of the season. The Cardinals scored a man-up goal less than two minutes before the half as the Student Princes took a 3-2 lead into intermission.

Concordia's Greyson Papp evened the score with a free position shot six minutes into the second half. Dudley responded with her second goal of the afternoon off a feed from Winnicki.

Playing a crucial role in HU's offense, Dudley hit Abby Rose for a 5-3 lead. Rose perfectly placed a shot in the lower left corner to bring the Heidelberg advantage back to two goals.

Two quick goals by Concordia once again tied the game at 5 with 13:16 remaining.

Determined to get their first win, the Student Princes battled back on offense. Winnicki scored, what proved to be, the game-winning goal with 10:36 on the clock.

Winnicki provided the Berg with insurance off a free position shot. After what appeared to be a save, the ball trickled over the goal line and in for a 7-5 Heidelberg lead. The HU defense led by Pree Bryant and McKenzie Perry held tough in the Berg's first program win.

"Last year was really difficult just getting things started," said co-coach Matt Palm." "It's awesome to see how excited everyone is to get the first win."

"The girls have pushed really hard the past month and a half," said co-coach Ashley Travis. "They work really hard and really well together."

Despite being outshot 29-24, the Berg held the Cardinals to just nine shots in the second half.

Winnicki picked up six ground balls and caused six turnovers. Sugrue caused five turnovers and picked up five ground balls.

Heidelberg will look to carry the momentum into Wednesday's game at Olivet College. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.