A record-setting individual effort from sophomore Lexy Hamilton (Monte Vista, Colo.) led the Grizzlies to a program record for goals in Saturday’s Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA) game against Colorado Mesa, but the Mavericks had too much firepower, topping Adams State 20-14 at ASC Lacrosse Field.
The Grizzlies fall to 0-5 overall and in the WILA with the loss, while the Mavericks improve to 3-6 overall and are now 2-3 in conference play.
Hamilton bested the ASC record of four goals, achieved twice this season, with six goals in the contest. She tallied the first two strikes of the game to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead over CMU with 25:23 left in the first half, and tied the game at 3-3 eight minutes later.
Fourteen goals bested the program record matched earlier this season of nine goals, also achieved against Colorado Mesa.
Goals continued to be exchanged throughout the first half, and free position goals from sophomore Megan Daly (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and sophomore LiErin Wilson (Silverton, Colo.) inside the final two minutes of the half made the score 7-7 at the break.
The Mavs’ Allie Henderson, who scored four goals Saturday, started off the second half scoring just 22 seconds in, but Hamilton and freshman Heather Jones (Littleton, Colo.) each found the net to make it a tie game, 9-9, with under 25 minutes on the clock.
However, Colorado Mesa would respond with nine unanswered goals over the next 16 minutes to claim an insurmountable, 18-9 lead.
The Grizzlies scored five of the final seven goals of the game, including two from Hamilton.
Wilson and sophomore Amanda Hisel (Conifer, Colo.) each had three points in the game, scoring two goals apiece and tallying an assist each. Daly and Jones each had a pair of scores as well.
Lexie Chavez’s five goals were tops for CMU, while she and Henderson each notched seven points apiece in the game.
ASC outshot the Mavs, 31-29, for the game, but CMU goalie Lauren Wells managed to make 17 saves and keep the Grizzlies at bay.
Five of the Grizzlies’ goals came on free position shots, making good on all but three of their attempts, while the Mavs were 0-for-2.
Adams State will conclude a 4-game home stand next Saturday, April 7, when the Grizzlies host non-conference foe Colorado College at 1 p.m. on ASC Lacrosse Field.