(Sparks, Md.) – The Dickinson women's lacrosse team battled windy conditions and the #21-ranked St. Mary's College of Maryland at the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Saturday. The Red Devils turned in a great performance, coming away with a 15-10 victory.
A quick start put Dickinson out in front 3-0, in the opening seven minutes. Five different players scored to put the Devils up, 5-1, with just over 15 minutes to play in the half.
Maddie Parker (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and first-year Erika Bloes (Riverside, Conn./Greenwich) converted back-to-back free position goals to give the Red Devils an 8-2 advantage with 8:27 remaining in the half.
Dunster and Bloes tallied back-to-back goals to open the second half and Dunster fed Bloes for another to give the Red Devils a 13-6 lead at the 18:32 mark.
The Seahawks looked to make a run, scoring three straight goals to cut the deficit to five, with 16 minutes to play. Parker answered, scoring off a beautiful feed from Mack Maurer (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's Belfield) and Dunster found Kaestner for the third time to close out the scoring for the Devils.
Caitlin Katchmar added her second of the game at the 7:52 mark for the final of 15-10.
Bloes and Kaestner each scored four goals to lead the attack while Dunster had a huge day as well, finishing with two goals and four assists. Parker tallied twice and first-year Madie French (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) controlled five ground balls.
Senior Julia Primeau (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) anchored a great defensive effort, causing five turnovers and picking up a pair of GBs. Tara Cassidy (Glen Rock, N.J./Immaculate Heart) and Ashley Conner (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) combined for four caused turnovers and five GBs.
First-year Greta Holt (Alexandria, Va./Episcopal) was strong in the circle, controlling four draws while classmate Avery Priest (San Rafael, Calif./St. Ignatius Prep) turned away nine shots and controlled two GBs in the nets for Dickinson.
Emma Brown made 16 saves for St. Mary's as they fall to 2-2 on the season.
The Red Devils improve to 2-1 on the season. They return home to face the #2-ranked College of New Jersey next Saturday at 3:00 pm.