(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's lacrosse team made a strong run in the second half to overtake #23-ranked Messiah College, turning back the Falcons 12-9 on Wednesday afternoon.
Senior Sam Marmo (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) led the way, scoring a hat-trick and netting her 100th career goal in the process.
The teams traded goals early, playing to a 3-3 tie before the Falcons strung together three straight goals to take a 6-3 lead with just over a minute to play in the half.
First-year Chase Landis (New Canaan, Conn./Berkshire School) cut the deficit to 6-4 at halftime, scoring with just one second on the clock.
The Red Devils opened the second half with back-to-back goals as senior Anne Dunster (Cos Cobb, Conn./Greenwich) fed classmate Eleanor Kaestner (Glyndon, Md./Franklin) and Marmo tied the game at 6-6, at the 27:42 mark.
Messiah countered to lead 7-6 but the Red Devils answered with a 6-0 run to take control of the game. The Red Devils converted three straight free position goals by Greta Holt (Alexandria, Va./Episcopal), Landis and Kaestner.
Senior Maddie Parker (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) finished a nice dish from Marmo and Dunster put the Red Devils up, 11-7 with 9:33 to play.
Marmo made a nice dodge and netted her 100th on a tough angle from the right side to close out the scoring for the Red Devils.
The Falcons looked to rally, cutting the final margin to 12-9 with 4:44 remaining but the Red Devils would play solid defense down the stretch to secure the win.
Marmo finished with three goals and one assist, forcing a pair of turnovers and collecting two ground balls. Dunster, Landis and Kaestner each scored twice with Dunster adding an assist.
Mack Maurer (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's Belfield) was strong in the midfield, controlling six draws to go with a goal and a ground ball. Sarah Benziger (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) forced three turnovers and had a pair of GBs to anchor the defense.
First-year goaltender Drew Yager (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) turned away seven shots on the afternoon as the Red Devils improved to 2-0 on the season.
Dickinson travels to the U.S. Lacrosse National Training Center on Saturday to face St. Mary's College at 1:00 pm.