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2019 NAIA Women's Lacrosse Invitational Championship

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The SCAD-Savannah (Ga.) women’s lacrosse team earned their third straight NAIA Women’s Lacrosse National Invitational Championship with a 18-12 win over Benedictine (Kan.) University on Saturday evening in Grand Rapids, Mich.

SCAD was the first to get on the board as Drew Dowgiallo gave the Bees a 1-0 lead 10:20 into the half. Jordan Mitchell had the assist. Less than three minutes later, it was Mitchell who put SCAD up 2-0 on an unassisted goal. Benedictine responded with a goal from Aidan McEnerney to cut the lead to 2-1, but SCAD added two more goals to take a 4-1 lead with 13:38 left in the first half. Allison Thierry and Mackenzie DeMott had the SCAD goals.

Benedictine notched the next two goals with Natalie Wechter and Kacey Moore cutting the Bees lead to 4-3 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half. However, SCAD scored the final four goals of the half to take an 8-3 lead into the break. Sydney Knego, Mitchell, DeMott, and Thierry had the goals for SCAD.

The Bees came out of the break scoring the first two goals of the half to extend their lead to 10-3 with 25:36 on the clock. Wechter scored the next two goals for Benedictine to make it a 10-5 game, but SCAD followed with a 5-0 run to go up 15-5 on goals from Dowgiallo (2) and DeMott (2).

The Ravens closed the game with a 7-3 run in the final seven minutes to cut the lead to 18-12. Moore, Wechter (3), Emily Ruhland, A. McEnerney, and Muehlebach had the goals for the Ravens.

Maggie Lortz of SCAD made a program record 23 saves in net as she held off the undefeated Ravens to earn her ninth win of the season. Mitchell finished the game with three goals and three assists and was named NAIA National Invitational Most Valuable Player. Mitchell finished the invitational with 20 points – nine goals and 11 assists.

All-Tournament Team

Morgan McGhee – Midfielder - Reinhardt (Ga.)

Kyli Towner – Midfielder – Keiser (Fla.)

Madalyn Huber – Midfielder – Keiser (Fla.)

Bella Ricchiazzi – Attack – Cumberlands (Ky.)

Trinity Brown – Defense – Cumberlands (Ky.)

Aiden McEnerney – Midfielder – Benedictine (Kan.)

Natalie Wetcher – Midfielder – Benedictine (Kan.)

Taryn St. Louis – Goalie – Benedictine (Kan.)

Sydney Knego – Midfielder – SCAD Savannah (Ga.)

Olivia Stahl – Defender – SCAD Savannah (Ga.)

Emma Devereaux – Defense – SCAD Savannah (Ga.)

Most Valuable Player - Jordan Mitchell – Attack – SCAD Savannah (Ga.)

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