UWLX Week 4 Recap: Boston Storm Downs Baltimore Ride 11-8; Philadelphia Force Holds Off Long Island Sound 12-10
BEL AIR, Md. — The Boston Storm used a late push to defeat the Baltimore Ride 11-8 on Wednesday evening at Cedar Lane Regional Park in Week Four action of the United Women’s Lacrosse League’s third season.
The victory gave the Storm a 3-1 record to close out the regular season, while the Ride finished at 1-3 heading into the playoffs. The first of two UWLX games, the contest was held at the UWLX Summer Draw, a girls tournament hosted by Denver-based 3d Lacrosse and Top of the Bay Lacrosse in Baltimore.
Boston was led in the winning effort by Kayla Treanor, who scored five goals, including one two-pointer. Treanor scored four of her five goals in the first half and one in the second. Treanor also contributed 11 draw control wins and added one assist.
The Storm’s Kristen Hickey, Sydney Thomas, Sarah Crowley, Taylor Giglio and Callie Santos each contributed a single goal on the victory. Crowley added two ground balls, a caused turnover and a draw control.
Goalkeeper Liz Hogan turned in another strong performance in the cage, recording 17 saves on the night for the Storm.
The Ride was led by Haley O’Hanlon and Faye Brust, who each netted three goals. Brust opened up the scoring early in the first half, recording the first and second goal of the game for the Ride. Molly Cobb and Allison LaBeau each recorded a goal on the night for the Ride, while Nikki Boltja added two assists.
Julie Braun was a strong presence in the midfield for Baltimore, registering four ground balls, two draw controls an interception and a caused turnover.
In the goal, Kerry Stoothoff recorded 12 saves and Rachel Vallarelli recorded three saves for the Ride.
Boston head coach Scott Teeter said the Storm were able to rebound from last week’s 17-4 loss thanks to a more complete lineup.
“We were missing key four components last week, including our top midfield line and Kayla (Treanor),” said Teeter, who is the head women’s lacrosse coach at the University of Louisville.
“We had two-thirds of that top midfield line back tonight and Kayla, and she’s one of the best players in the world for a reason – her presence. She just makes everyone around her better because the other teams give her so much attention.”
Teeter said the team huddled prior to the game and discussed how much each UWLX regular-season game matters. He encouraged them to play their best in front of the crowd, which included many of the girls attending the UWLX Summer Draw held in conjunction with the games.
“When you have a crowd, you have to perform,” Teeter said. “Every game means something and it’s ramped up for (each team) to get better. So I challenged them to put on a show.”
In the second game of the night, the Philadelphia Force held off the Long Island Sound for a 12-10 win. The victory gave the Force a 4-0 record, making Philadelphia the league’s lone undefeated team in the regular season. The Sound, winners of the UWLX championship in the league's first two seasons, heads into the playoffs at 0-4.
Alyssa Murray led the way for the Force, scoring four times. Murray netted two goals in the first half, and two goals in the second half to help the Force hold off the Sound and seal the win.
Alie Jimerson and Erica Perrotta, both first-year players, also contributed two goals each. Perrotta contributed one goal in the first and one in the second half, while both of Jimerson’s goals came in the second half.
Goals from Michelle Tumolo, Sam DiSalvo, Becky Lynch and Bryn Boucher contributed to the Force’s victory over the Sound. Tumolo also contributed a pair of assists, while Force netminder Brittany Read registered 11 saves in the win.
“This is the second straight week where we had to call on our bench,” said Force head coach Mike Bedford, recently named an assistant coach at Rutgers University.
“We were a bit short and had some players who potentially hadn’t gotten a lot of burn for us in the earlier part of the year. Alie Jimerson came in a dropped a couple for us and that ended up being huge because as we know every time we come up against Long Island we’re playing a tight one, as we will be next week.”
Bedford said he wanted Philadelphia to be the scrappiest team in the league this season. He applauded the play of Murray, whom he said has made bigger contributions this season than what is tracked in the stat book.
“She’s been the most consistent person on this team the entire season — whether she’s contributing with goals or she’s got helpers, she’s coming out and busting her butt. This is the second time this year where she rode herself onto the defensive side of the ball and created a turnover. Attackers don’t do that, special attackers do that. We have to remember that Alyssa Murray is a real special attacker.”
The Sound was led by Shelby Fredericks, who contributed two goals, including a two-pointer late in the game to bring the Storm within one goal of the Force. Fredericks also had a dominating presence in the draw circle, recording 10 self draw controls.
Kristin Yevoli and Allie Pavinelli each scored two unassisted goals in the contest. Yevoli added both goals in the first half while Pavinelli added hers in the second.
Dorrien Van Dyke, Neena Merola and Emily Mizer each contributed a goal in the contest. Van Dyke also contributed an assist and a ground ball.
Caitlin Defliese helped lead the Sound defense as she registered four caused turnovers and five ground balls. Long Island goalkeeper Caroline Meegan made 13 stops in the loss.
UWLX teams return to the field on July 30 when the Season Three semi-finals will be held at the Lake Placid Summit Classic, an annual weeklong youth and adult tournament held in the Adirondack Mountains.
The Force, the No. 1 seed, will take on the No. 4 seed Sound. The Storm, seeded No. 2., will face the No. 3 Ride. Games are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. ET, respectively, and attendance is free.
Boston Storm 11, Baltimore Ride 8
Boston Storm: Treanor (5 goals, including one 2-point goal, 1 assist), Hickey (1 goal, 1 assist), Thomas, Crowley, Giglio, Santos (1 goal), Hogan (17 saves)
Baltimore Ride: Brust, O'Hanlon (3 goals), LaBeau, Cobb (1 goal), Boltja (2 assists), Hulseman (1 assist), Stoothoff (12 saves), Vallarelli (3 saves)
Long Island Sound 10, Philadelphia Force 12
Long Island Sound: Fredericks (2 goals, including one 2-point goal), Yevoli, Pavinelli (2 goals), Van Dyke (1 goal, 1 assist), Merola, Mizer (1 goal), Meegan (13 saves)
Philadelphia Force: Murray (4 goals), Jimerson, Perrotta (2 goals), Tumolo (1 goal, 2 assists), DiSalvo, Lynch, Boucher (1 goal), O'Connell (1 assist), Read (11 saves)