Photo by Justin Lafleur.
Sound Defeats Baltimore Ride to Conclude Regular Season, 15-11
The inaugural United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) regular season came to a close on Saturday evening, with the Long Island Sound (6-2) securing the regular season title by defeating the Baltimore Ride (3-5), 15-11. Long Island was led by a four goal and two assist performance from Katrina Dowd, while Brooke Griffin paced the Ride attack with a hat trick.
Halle Majorana opened the scoring in this affair, with both teams swapping goals en route to a 2-2 score line. The Sound then rallied for four consecutive tallies until a pair of Katie Schwarzman goals were split by a Erin Collins goal to make it a 7-4 game in favor of Long Island. Dowd then finished off the opening half with a pair of notches to give the Sound a 9-4 advantage when the two sides broke for the intermission.
Amanda Johansen struck first for Baltimore in the second half, only to see Long Island respond with three straight tallies. However, the Ride then caught some offensive fire and scored three consecutive goals to make it 12-8. After Hilary Fratzke and Brooke Griffin exchanged scores, the Sound was able to put the match out of reach behind finishes from Dowd and Majorana. Kitty Cullen and Griffin did record back-to-back notches for Baltimore to complete the scoring, but the final 15-11 score line that remained stood in favor of Long Island.
Next up, UWLX Championship Weekend gets underway on Saturday, July 30th, with a semifinals doubleheader at Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. The Sound (no. 1) will first face the Philadelphia Force (no. 4) at 5:30 p.m., followed up by the Boston Storm (no. 2) against the Ride (no. 3) to conclude the semifinals at 7:30 p.m.
The winners of the two semifinal matches will square off that Sunday afternoon in a 1:00 p.m. title match, where the first-ever UWLX Champions will be crowned.
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