Photo by Leigh Ernst Friestedt, Equity IX.
Alex Aust Buries Five Goals for Baltimore Attack in Win
The United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) returned to action on Saturday afternoon at Sweeney Field on the campus of St. Joseph’s University, with the Baltimore Ride (1-2) claiming its first win of the young season by defeating the Philadelphia Force (0-3), 15-11. Alex Aust led the Baltimore attack by registering a team-high five goals, while Philadelphia saw six tallies come off the stick of Kara Mupo.
This contest got off to a feverish start for Mupo, who recorded three of the first four goals in the match to complete the fastest hat trick in UWLX history (8:00 minutes), giving the Force an early 3-1 advantage. However, Philadelphia then endured a scoring drought that extended past 26 minutes, and the Ride tallied six consecutive goals during that stretch. Five different players were responsible for the six notches, with Aust recording a pair on the run.
Entering the final minute of the opening half, Baltimore was holding a 7-3 edge, but both sides were able to find the back of the net on an exchange of goals. Michelle Tumolo put the Force back on the board with 45 seconds remaining to make it 7-4, but Brooke Griffin answered for the Ride 17 seconds later to hang an 8-4 count. The scoring was still not done, though, as Kelsey McGovern put away another Philadelphia tally with just four ticks left on the clock, and the two clubs headed into the intermission with Baltimore on top, 8-5.
At the start of the second half, both teams swapped goals all the way to 11-7 until the Force went on a three-score run that made it 11-10. Aust then responded for the Ride to make it 12-10, but Mupo again found the back of the net for the Force to put up a 12-11 count. However, that would be as close as Philadelphia would get to leveling the contest.
Baltimore finished off this pairing with three straight tallies, including the fifth notch of the afternoon for Aust, creating a final count of 15-11 in their favor.
Nine different players recorded goals for the Ride, including multi-score efforts from Aust (5), Katie Schwarzmann (2), Erica Bodt (2) and Courtney Swan (2). In addition to the six tallies for Mupo, the Force saw five different goal-scorers, each of whom recorded a single notch in the encounter.
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