UWLX Week 3 Recap: Baltimore Ride Edges Long Island Sound 12-9; Philadelphia Force Rolls to 17-4 Win Over Boston Storm
COLUMBIA, Md. — The Baltimore Ride battled back from an early three-goal deficit to defeat the Long Island Sound 12-9 on Wednesday evening to kick off week three of the United Women’s Lacrosse League’s third season.
The victory gave the Ride their first of the season, putting Baltimore’s record at 1-2 while the Sound fell to 0-3. The game was the first of a UWLX double-header held at Blandair Regional Park on the opening night of the STX Rising Girls Showcase.
Leading the way for the Ride, Haley O’Hanlon netted a pair of goals, including the first goal of the game and, later on, a two-pointer that helped the Ride in its comeback to upend the Sound.
The Ride’s Meghan Macera and Faye Brust each recorded two goals the win over Long Island. Macera added six draw control wins for Baltimore.
Allison LaBeau, Awehiyo Thomas, Meg Bartley, Molly Cobb, Kristine Loscalzo and Brittney Orashen also tallied one goal each for the Ride. Orashen complimented Macera on the center circle adding five draw control wins for the Ride. Nikki Boltja contributed two assists as the Ride pulled ahead of the Sound.
“Definitely getting better and better each week – we’ve been talking from week one to week three about making big strides,” said Ride goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff, who is also an assistant coach at reigning NCAA Division I champion James Madison University.
“We’re looking to keep this going into week four and into the playoffs.”
For Long Island, Cortney Fortunato tallied three goals in the loss, including an 8-meter goal in the first half and two more goals in the second. Christina Esposito and Dorrien Van Dyke each also contributed two goals for the Sound.
Jill Zubillaga and Emily Mizer each contributed an unassisted goal on the contest — both tallies coming in the opening minutes of the contest.
Long Island midfielder Shelby Fredericks recorded three assists, six draw controls and a ground ball for the Sound.
In the second game of the night, the Philadelphia Force dominated the Boston Storm 17-4. The win gave the Force a 3-0 record – making Philadelphia the league’s lone undefeated team after the third week’s action. The Storm, dealt the team’s first loss of the year, moved to 2-1.
Leading the way for the Force was Alyssa Murray, who scored five goals and added two assists to help the Force roll past the Sound.
Tee Ladouceur also contributed a hat trick, two goals in the first half and one late in the second. Michelle Tumolo scored a goal and added two assists.
Molly Hendrick, Emily Garrity-Parros and Sammy Cermack each contributed two goals each, while Philadelphia received additional goals from midfielders Bryn Boucher and Sam DiSalvo.
Brittany Read, a recent graduate of the University of Oregon, turned in 15 saves in Philadelphia’s strong defensive showing.
"We had a quick turnaround this week,” said Philadelphia head coach Mike Bedford, who this week was named an assistant coach at Rutgers University.
“After week one where we relied pretty heavily on the playmakers on attack side, we called on our midfielders. And we were a little bit shallow in terms of depth this week but once again they rose up and answered the call."
Boston’s Emma Powlin, Emily Howell, Emily Boissoneault and Holly Turner each contributed unassisted goals in the contest. Powlin’s tally was the Storm’s lone goal of the second half.
Storm goalkeeper Liz Hogan — beating her own save record from the week prior — registered 23 saves.
The Storm’s Marial Pierce battled with Philadelphia’s Carolyn Carrera for possessions throughout the game — both finished the evening with five draw controls.
The UWLX returns to action on July 18 when the Baltimore Ride will take on the Boston Storm and the Long Island Sound will face the Philadelphia Force in Bel Air, Md. at the UWLX Summer Draw event.
Games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET respectively.
Baltimore Ride 12, Long Island Sound 9
Baltimore Ride: Brust, Macera, O'Hanlon (2 goals), Thomas, Bartley, Cobb, Labeau, Loscalzo, Orashen (1 goal), Boltja (2 assists), Altomare (1 assist), Stoothoff (6 saves), Vallarelli (8 saves)
Long Island Sound: Fortunato (3 goals), Esposito, Van Dyke (2 goals), Mizer, Zubillaga (1 goal), Fredericks (3 assists), Meegan (18 saves)
Philadelphia Force 17, Boston Storm 4
Philadelphia Force: Murray (5 goals, 2 assists), Ladouceur (3 goals), Hendrick, Cermack, Garrity-Parros (2 goals), Tumolo (1 goal, 2 assists), DiSalvo (1 goal, 1 assist), Boucher (1 goal), Perrotta (1 assist), Read (15 saves)
Boston Storm: Turner, Powlin, Boissoneault, Howell (1 goal), Hogan (23 saves)