Semifinals - 2019 Women's Lacrosse Invitational

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The 2019 NAIA women's lacrosse invitational continued with the semifinal round on Friday afternoon with Benedictine (Kan.) and SCAD Savannah (Ga.) advancing.

Semifinal Game 1 – Benedictine (Kan.) def. Cumberlands (Ky.)

• Benedictine jumped out to a 9-0 lead as they held Cumberlands, the No. 3 offense in the NAIA in points per game, to no goals in the first half.

• Natalie Wechter (3), Mary McEnerney (2), Aidan McEnerney, Emily Ruhland, Kacey Moore, and Molly Muehlebach scored for the Ravens in the first half.

• Benedictine opened the second half with a goal from Aidan McEnerney to push the Ravens lead to 10-0.

• The Patriots battled back in the second half as they outscored Benedictine 10-4 to close the scoring gap to four. Bella Ricchiazzi (5), Emily Heim (2), Jaclyn Berry (2), and Shea West posted goals for the Patriots.

• Benedictine won 12 draw controls and was 17-for-24 in clear attempts compared to Cumberlands who went 15-for-30.

• Taryn St. Louis made 17 saves for the Ravens as she helped keep the Patriots to no goals in the first half.

• Emily Crump started in net for the Patriots and made seven saves in 51:50 while Emily Cabrera finished the game in net.

• Wechter of Benedictine finished the game with seven points – six goals and one assist – while Mary McEnerney and Aidan McEnerney each finished with two goals each.

• Benedictine advanced to the programs first NAIA National Invitational Championship game.

Semifinal Game 2 – SCAD-Savannah (Ga.) def. Keiser (Fla.)

• The Bees jumped out to a 3-2 lead as Jordan Mitchell, DeMott, and Sydney Knego scored for SCAD. Hayley Mazreku and Melanie Brown had the Keiser goals.

• SCAD Savannah followed with a 7-0 run to take a 10-3 lead with 8:16 left in the first half. Knego (4), DeMott, Allison Thierry, and Sophia Milia had the Bees goals.

• The Seahawks and the Bees traded goals to end the first half.

• SCAD Savannah outscored Keiser in the second half 5-4 to earn the 17-8 win. Knego, Harper Barth, Drew Dowgiallo (2), and Aly De Caro had the five goals for the Bees. Raymond (2), Mazreku, and Madalyn Huber scored for the Skyhawks.

• The Bees won 15 draw controls compared to 10 from the Seahawks and outshot Keiser 42-31.

• SCAD went 22-for-32 in clears and scored two goals from the free-position.

• Jessica Covell of the Seahawks made 18 saves for a .514 save percentage.

• The Bees played all three goalies with Maggie Lortz making a team high eight saves for a .615 save percentage. Tracy Richards and Liv Vieira played a combined 25 minutes in the second half.

• SCAD reached the programs third straight NAIA National Invitational Championship game and looks to capture its third consecutive title.

Up Next

The championship will take place on Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 central at Aquinas Field in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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