Treanor Registers Five Goals to Spearhead 17-16 Win
The inaugural season of the United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) resumed on Friday night at Richard F. Garber Field in Amherst, Mass., with the Boston Storm (2-0) claiming a razor-thin victory over the Baltimore Ride (0-2), 17-16. The Ride offense was led by six goals from Alex Aust, while Kayla Treanor recorded five tallies in her UWLX debut for the Storm.
Baltimore got off to a fast start, with Aust leading the Ride attack to an early 2-0 advantage by scoring the first two goals of the match. Lauren Kahn and Danielle Spencer then quickly responded for Boston to level the count before the two clubs swapped goals to put up a 4-4 score line. Among those tallies was the first-ever professional goal by Treanor, who officially joined the Storm this week after being named to her fourth straight All-America First Team at Syracuse University.
After facing the 4-3 deficit, Boston found its offensive groove and scored four consecutive goals, only to see the Ride respond with three unanswered scores of their own to make it 7-7. The final finish of that run included a third notch for Aust, who headed into the intermission with a first half hat trick.
Baltimore, and Aust in particular, picked up right where they left off in the second half, scoring the next three goals of the game to make the count 10-7 in their favor. Among them were another pair by Aust, and the Ride saw their scoring streak run to six straight. Baltimore also saw some key saves on the defensive end of the field from goalie Kerry Stoothoff, who hit a hot streak of her own while protecting the cage.
The Storm eventually snapped the Ride streak on a tally by Ali Flury, who found the perfect time to record the first two-pointer of the match. After Kailah Kempney and Danielle Etrasco followed up with additional goals, Boston found itself with a one-notch advantage, 11-10.
The theme of the contest then continued as Baltimore retaliated with another pair to reclaim the lead, 12-11, only to see Spencer put away a two-point notch and place the Storm back on top, 13-12. Boston used that tally to build a momentum shift, rallying for another two scores to make it 15-12.
Aust then responded for the Ride with her sixth goal of the evening before Treanor replied to hang a 16-13 count, but it once again became a one-tally match at 16-15 when Dana Dobbie hit an open net two-pointer for Baltimore. Beth Glaros then put away her third tally of the contest to level it at 16 each with less than a minute to go, setting up a dramatic finish.
The Storm gained possession on the ensuing draw and quickly headed towards the Ride goal. The player who was eventually on the receiving end of a shot opportunity was Treanor, who calmly inserted the go-ahead notch onto the board with 41 seconds left on the clock. Baltimore did operate one more offensive series in attempt to equalize, but the final 17-16 score remained when the final whistle was blown.
UWLX play continues at Richard F. Garber Field on Saturday afternoon, with the Long Island Sound (1-0) facing the Philadelphia Force (0-1) at 2:00 p.m. Fans unable to make it to the match can still watch all of the action via a UWLX live stream on YouTube.
Season passes for the 2016 UWLX season are available now online and can be purchased for the low price of just $25! Season passes are good for the complete schedule of games that the UWLX will play in 2016.
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