FRANKLIN, Ind. – Powered by a fast start and a relentless offensive attack, the Franklin College women's lacrosse team cruised to the first win of the year on Friday (Mar. 23) night.
The Grizzlies (1-2, 1-1 ORLC) blew past Waynesburg (0-2, 0-1 ORLC) in their first conference home game of the year. The Grizzlies scored three times in the game's first two minutes, rolling to a 23-0 win over the Yellow Jackets.
Franklin opened the scoring just 20 seconds into the game when Abby Stayer scooped up the draw control and broke through the defense to pot the game-winner. Abbey Voss added another goal 15 seconds later and Stayer made it 3-0 with a free position opportunity with 28:05 left on the clock.
It was all Grizzlies from there, as Franklin netted 18 tallies in the opening 30 minutes of play. Stayer had seven goals in the first half and added an assist to lead all players. Sam Collier, Brooke Hughes, Morgan McIntosh, Shelby Hunter, Haley Lowe and Kara Hawkins all found the back of the net in the opening half.
Franklin added to their lead in the second half with three goals from Jess Silva in the opening 10 minutes. Hughes and Silva would add to the lead later in the half, as Franklin focused on winding down the clock to pick up the win.
Stayer finished the evening with 10 points, scoring seven goals and adding three assists. Silva and McIntosh recorded hat tricks while Hughes and Collier finished with two goals and three assists each. Courtney Jones (1-0) made her first start of the year in goal and picked up her first career win.
Lowe led all players with five ground balls while Stayer notched 13 draw controls. Stayer and Voss tied for the team lead by forcing two turnovers each. As a team, the Grizzlies forced eight of the Jackets' 29 turnovers and held a 22-2 edge in ground balls.
The Grizzlies continue conference play in eight days, when they host Transylvania on Saturday, Mar. 31. First whistle from Faught Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m.