Wesleyan Downs Keiser in Lacrosse Action, 18-12

WEST PALM BEACH (Fla.) – Six different West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats managed to get into the scoring act as the Lady Bobcats downed NAIA Keiser today by an 18-12 score.

Hannah Antonelli led the way with five goals while Natalie Schaffner and Kim Lubic each had four apiece and Madison Duvall added three.

Lindsay Penwell and Madeline Gorzka each added one goal.

It was the first collegiate coaching win for new Wesleyan head coach Hannah Lively.

"We are super excited to pull out our first win," remarked Lively. "Team morale is very high at the moment, but we still have a lot to work on."

The victory evened the Lady Bobcats' record to 1-1 on the season.

Keiser dropped to 0-4.

Keiser scored first just a minute in, but Lubic answered with a goal 36 seconds later and Antonelli scored with Wesleyan up a player two minutes later to give the Lady Bobcats a 2-1 lead.

Darla Quevedo had an assist on both goals.

Keiser scored two of the next three goals to make it a 3-3 contest with 21:42 remaining in the first half.

Wesleyan's lone score during that time was an unassisted goal by Lubic.

Seven minutes later, Antonelli scored two straight goals to return the lead to Wesleyan, at 5-3.

The two teams alternated scores the rest of the half with Antonelli finding the back of the net at the 9:31 mark, Duvall putting in a free position shot at 5:15 and Schaffner scoring on a free position shot with 45 seconds left in the half.

That treated Wesleyan to an 8-6 halftime lead.

Antonelli scored 90 seconds into the second half, and following a Keiser goal, Lubic tallied her third goal of the game to put Wesleyan up by a 10-7 score.

Kesier scored at the 18:49 mark to cut the Wesleyan lead to two, at 10-8, but the Lady Bobcats dominated the next 10 minutes of action with six consecutive goals.

During the run, Schaffner put in three goals with Duvall, Lubic and Penwell each putting in one apiece.

That gave Wesleyan a comfortable 16-8 lead with 8:45 remaining.

Keiser's Jordan Sullivan and Duvall traded goals to make it a 17-9 contest with four minutes remaining.

Keiser made a late run scoring three straight, but Gorzka put the game away with a goal at the 1:19 mark.

Wesleyan owned a 30-17 margin in shots-on-goal.

Lady Bobcat keeper Alexus Bonner made five saves as she picked up her first win of the season.

Wesleyan will remain busy on their spring break trip as they will face Florida Southern on Monday at 2 p.m. and then Coker on Tuesday at 4 p.m.