Photo by Tere Poplin
GREENVILLE, S.C. – (Box Score | Invitational Schedule) Twelve different Bees scored at least once, as top-ranked SCAD Savannah (Ga.) cruised to a 24-3 win over No. 8 Benedictine (Kan.) Wednesday afternoon in quarterfinal action at the 2016 NAIA Women’s Lacrosse National Invitational. The inaugural invite is being played out at Sirrine Stadium.
With the win, SCAD Savannah advances to the semifinals and awaits the winner of No. 4 Davenport (Mich.) and No. 5 Indiana Tech. The Bees Fab Four game is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. EDT.
Sophie Cutts led the Bees with a game-high four goals and one assist, while Torii Clark and Drew Dowgiallo added three scores each. SCAD Savannah’s 24 goals eclipses the Bees’ previous season-high for scoring, set on Feb. 21 against Cumberlands (Ky.), 22-1.
As a team, SCAD Savannah held a dominant 36-5 advantage in shots with 30 of the attempts on frame.
SCAD Savannah, which entered the national invitational as the top-ranked team in the final regular-season coaches’ poll, stormed out of the gate as Olivia Stahl scored 44 second into the game. The goal sparked a 14-0 run for the Bees that spanned nearly the entire period.
Benedictine, which mustered only three total shots in the first stanza, lit the scoreboard with 24 second left, resulting in the 14-1 spread at halftime. Elizabeth Darrow scored the goal for the Ravens.
The Bees held a 21-3 advantage in shots and 13-2 margin in draw controls in the first half.
It proved to be much of the same in the second half. The two clubs traded goals in the opening five minutes, however SCAD Savannah quickly took control with a 6-0 run that pushed its lead to 21-2. The Bees outscored Benedictine 3-1 over the final seven minutes en route to the final spread.
Darrow led Benedictine with two goals, two points and three shots – all on goal. The sophomore midfielder was the only Raven to record more than one shot.
Benedictine, which qualified as an automatic after winning the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament title, is eliminated from the championship. The loss snaps the Raven’s four-game winning streak and closes the year for the club at 9-5.
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