WLAX: Berg matches program record for wins

Doug Sampson file photo
Doug Sampson file photo

HANOVER, Ind. -- On the road for the third straight game, the Heidelberg University women's lacrosse team defeated Hanover College on Wednesday afternoon by a final score of 13-6.

With the victory Heidelberg improves their record to 6-3 overall. The win ties the mark for the most wins in a single season during the program's three-year history. Head coach Ashley Travis, in her second season, has been at the helm for all 12 wins for the program.

Dana Dudley paced the Heidelberg scoring with four, while Angela Lulejian and Anna Winnicki each marked a trio of goals. Jenna Carman (2) and Bri Casement accounted for the rest of the Student Princes' scoring.

Carman wasted no time getting the Berg on the board. After Lulejian controlled the opening draw, HU worked the ball around the offensive zone before Carman created an opening to dispatch her tenth goal of the season, just 44 seconds into the game.

Moments after Hanover tied the game, Carman once again found space and beat the Panther goalie. Just like the first goal, the lead was brief as Hanover responded with a goal from the free position arc to level the score at two.

Next, it was Winnicki's turn to trade goals with the Panthers as the score grew to 3-3. From there, Heidelberg closed the first half on a four-goal run. Casement, Dudley and a pair of goals from Lulejian were all they needed to get to the half with the lead. Lulejian's second came with just 36 seconds remaining in the half.

At the start of the second, the Student Princes didn't break stride. Lulejian, Dudley and each scored before Hanover would answer back with two of their own.

Leading by five, Dudley and Winnicki responded with a trio of goals. First, Winnicki completed her hat-trick before Dudley scored her third and fourth of the game.

Kinna Laymon notched the next goal for Hanover and completed her hat-trick bringing the score to within seven. The goal was as close as Hanover would get, as the Berg closed out the game for the 13-6 win.

On the ground, Heidelberg was slightly edged 24-22. Carman was active in this category, adding to her two goals and three assist on the day, scooping up a team-leading four ground balls. Milah Young and Maria Cornacchione each had four pickups for the Panthers.

At the draw, the Berg outbeat Hanover by a 12-9 margin. Draw specialist, Angela Lulejian won six of her battles. Milah Young was responsible for six controls for the hosts.

Mandi Phillips started in the cage for the third straight game and stopped 11 Panther shots, surpassing a career-high set last week at Marietta. Julia Long also stopped 11 shots in the Hanover net.

Heidelberg will return home on Saturday to host Mount Saint Joseph University for a 1 p.m. start time. The contest will mark the Berg's final non-conference game of the season.