OTTAWA, Kan. – Midland University’s women’s lacrosse team traveled south for a pair of games over the weekend and showed significant signs of improvement in game two.
The Warriors suffered a lopsided loss to Oklahoma Baptist on Saturday in Shawnee, Oklahoma, but played much better on Sunday when they faced (RV) Ottawa University in Kansas.
The Bison outscored Midland 28-2 on Saturday as Lauren McCormack led Oklahoma Baptist with 10 goals and two assists. The two Midland goals came from Danielle Wills, both being unassisted goals in the first half of play.
On Sunday, the Warriors put that loss behind them and quickly jumped out to a lead on KCAC conference foe (RV) Ottawa.
Ottawa struck first with a goal from Monica Otero, but Midland responded less than a minute later with a goal from Megan Collins. Just a couple minutes later, Wills netted another goal and the Warriors took their first lead of the season.
The Braves finished the first half on a 12-0 run to pull away from the Warriors and lead 13-2 at halftime. But, the second half was very competitive as the Braves only outscored the Warriors 5-4 in the final 30 minutes.
Collins scored twice more in the second half while Wills added another one to her line, giving her four goals on the weekend. Masey Jay also got her name in the scoresheet with a second half goal of her own.
Katherine Kihm served as the goalie for the Warriors over the weekend and totaled 12 saves, seven of which came against Ottawa. Kihm is also showing signs of improvement as she adjusts to the goalie position.
With a limited roster, the Warriors are doing everything they can to stay competitive, and they proved that with their effort on Sunday.
Midland will return to action on Wednesday, April 17, when the Warriors continue KCAC play with a game versus University of St. Mary (0-8. 0-4 KCAC). Opening draw versus the Spires is set for 6:00 p.m.