UWLX Week 2 Recap: Boston Storm Down Baltimore 13-9, Philadelphia Force Rallies Past Long Island Sound 14-12
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — The Boston Storm used a strong first half to defeat the Baltimore Ride 13-9 on Saturday evening in the first of a United Women’s Lacrosse League double-header held at the Top Flight Lacrosse Tournament.
Led by goalkeeper Liz Hogan, who recorded 21 saves while allowing only nine goals, the Storm racked up a 7-3 halftime lead and then went back and forth with the Ride in the second half to secure the win. The victory gave Boston a 2-0 record on the year, while Baltimore fell to 0-2.
“It’s unselfish play,” said Boston Storm head coach Scott Teeter, who is the head coach at the University of Louisville.
“The girls are spreading the ball around. I thought our defense played well and Liz Hogan showed why she’s one of the top in the world. It just adds to the game – having superb stick skills. Right when she makes a save we’re going four-v-three right away, our middies are getting a good break and her stick skills in goal just give us more opportunities to push and tire out the other team.”
The Storm received goals from a variety of scorers Saturday night as Holly Turner, Ali Flury, Kayla Treanor and Emma Powlin each found the net twice.
Taylor Giglio, McKinley Sbordone, Hannah Murphy, Callie Santos and Katie Webster also registered one goal each for the Storm. Murphy, Sbordone and Giglio each also added an assist.
Boston midfielder Michele Scannell registered two assists – one in the first and one in the second half – as well as two ground balls and four draw controls.
On the other side of the ball, the Baltimore Ride also saw a standout performance in cage, as Kerry Stoothoff recorded 19 saves and added to the excitement for the crowd on hand.
“Between week one and week two, the turnouts have just been unbelievable,” said Stoothoff, an assistant coach for the 2018 NCAA Division I champion James Madison University team.
Baltimore attacker Molly Hulseman opened the scoring less than a minute into the contest. The Ride was lead by midfielder Haley O’Hanlon, who contributed a hat trick in the second half and collected an early draw control.
The Ride’s Faye Brust and Nikki Boltja each contributed two unassisted goals in the contest, both scoring in the first half and second half.
Baltimore attacker Allison LaBeau also recorded a second half goal in the matchup.
“We’re just piecing it together,” Stoothoff said. “There’s progress from week one to week two. I think our defense played very, very well in the first half. Our offense definitely came along in the second half.”
In the second game of the night, the Philadelphia Force used a three-goal push late in the second half to defeat the Long Island Sound 14-12 after falling behind early in the game.
Surviving an early 5-0 deficit, the Force went on to improve its record to 2-0, while the Sound – the league’s champion in its first two seasons – moves to 0-2.
Leading the way for the Force, Michelle Tumolo and Molly Hendrick each recorded a hat trick. Tumolo scored three free position goals, with two in the first and one in the second half. Hendrick recorded all three goals in the second half, helping push the Force past the Sound.
Philadelphia midfielders Carly O’Connell and Sammy Cermack contributed two goals each in the Force’s victory. Cermack tallied the first goal of the game for the Force, which stopped a five-goal run by the Sound.
Additional goals from midfielders Bryn Boucher, Sam DiSalvo and Erica Perrotta helped the Force edge the Sound in a thriller.
“We came out strong in the second half and started winning some draws, getting more offensive looks and taking better shots,” said O’Connell, who is an assistant coach at UMass-Lowell.
She credited Force head coach Mike Bedford for having confidence in the players and giving them freedom to be creative.
“He just lets us play,” O’Connell said. “He lets us work our two-man game and lets us work together to try and get the ball in the back of the net.”
Force defender April Iannetta also contributed a fast-break goal after a stray draw control found its way into the defensive end.
To begin the game, Long Island jumped out to an early lead thanks to an offensive charge led by Christina Esposito and Halle Majorana, who scored two goals each. Esposito and Majorana recorded the first and second goals of the contest as the Sound got to work quickly.
Cortney Fortunato added a two-point goal late in the first half to help give the Sound an 8-5 halftime lead that would swell back to a five-goal advantage early in the second half.
Goals by Jillian Byers, Kaleigh Craig, Dorrien Van Dyke and Katrina Dowd helped the Sound hold a lead on Philadelphia for much of the game.
Shelby Fredericks turned in a dominating performance on the draw, registering five official draw controls, with others fed to the wings.
The defensive trio of Sloane Serpe, Becca Block and Caitlin Defliese held the Force throughout the game and during the final push. The unit was a were a key factor in a strong clearing game for the Sound.
“I think we just had some opportunities we didn’t finish,” Fortunato said. “Hopefully we can just clean that up next game and be able to come away with a win.”
Despite the loss, Majorana – an assistant coach at Villanova University – said the second week of the third UWLX season was a success.
“I think the best part is playing with people you didn’t get to play with in college,” she said. “We have a lot of UNC, Stony Brook, Syracuse players all coming together and playing together. I think that’s really cool – love the crowd and love the energy. I love the two-pointer. It’s just awesome.”
The UWLX returns to action on July 11, when the Baltimore Ride will take on the Long Island Sound and the Philadelphia Force will face the Boston Storm in Columbia, Md., at the STX Rising Girls Showcase.
Games are scheduled for 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET, respectively.
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Boston Storm 13, Baltimore Ride 9
Boston Storm: Turner, Flury, Treanor, Powlin (2 goals), Murphy, Sbordone, Giglio (1 goal, 1 assist), Webster, Santos (1 goal), Scannell (2 assists), Hogan (21 saves)
Baltimore Ride: O’Hanlon (3 goals), Boltja, Brust (2 goals), Hulseman, LaBeau (1 goal), Stoothoff (19 saves), Vallerelli (4 saves)
Philadelphia Force 14, Long Island Sound 12
Philadelphia Force: Hendrick, Tumolo (3 goals), Cermack, O’Connell (2 goals), DiSalvo, Boucher, Iannetta, Perrotta (1 goal), Murray (3 assists), Garrity-Parros (1 assist), Read (12 saves)
Long Island Sound: Fortunato (3 goals, including one 2-point goal), Esposito, Majorana (2 goals, 1 assist), Dowd (1 goal, 1 assist), Byers, Craig, Van Dyke (1 goal), Murray (8 saves)