by Eva Dean Folkert
The Hope College women's lacrosse team used a second-half surge on Wednesday to defeated Allegheny College (Penn.), 12-4, in Hilton Head, S.C.
The Flying Dutch raised their record to 3-2 while the Gators fell to 2-4.
Leading by just one goal at halftime, 3-2, the Flying Dutch scored nine goals in the second half behind a balanced attack. Scoring two goals each in the last 20-minutes of play were sophomore Paige Wilmer of Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington HS), sophomore Jane Ragains of Western Springs, Illinios (Lyons Township HS), sophomore Carly Pieri of Alto (Caledonia HS) and sophomore Madison Micho of Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS).
"It was really a tough game in the first half, going back and forth," head coach Kim Vincent said. "A lot of movement but not a lot of goals and only five draws. When we came out in the second half, we scored right away and had the momentum in our favor. They were a tough team and we had to fight the entire game. I think the game was won in the midfield because we were just able to slow them down and they were fast. We beat them in groundballs and that's something that really paid off in that game.
For the game, Ragains led the Flying Dutch in goals with four while Micho led in assists with four.
"(Goalie) Laurel (Frederickson) had some phenomenal saves today," Vincent added. "I couldn't be prouder of our defense. They stayed composed. Their communication was awesome. The slides were well-timed. It was really remarkable to watch."
Hope plays next on Friday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. versus Frostburg St. (Maryland) in Hilton Head, S.C.