Story by Reinhardt Sports Information
WALESKA, Ga. - Reinhardt jumped out on top of Point and did not slow down until the waning moments of the game as the Lady Eagles defeated Point, 17-5, in the opening round of the Appalachian Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship at University Stadium at Ken White Field.
Reinhardt (8-8 overall) now moves on to face top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan in the semifinal round. Opening draw is set for 3 p.m. The other semifinal game is set for 5 p.m. and features No. 2 seed Columbia and No. 3 seed Cumberlands. (For more in-depth look at the tournament, click here.)
Gina Ives scored six goals to lead the Lady Eagles to victory, with Aliyah Bryant adding four. In all, six different players scored for RU, and Colleen Cicci added seven saves in the victory.
Reinhardt scored the first four goals of the game with Bryant and Ives alternating tallies inside the first six minutes for RU. Point would trail 8-3 after an Alexandra Millican goal with just over seven minutes left in the opening half, but RU would score three times in the final three minutes and three seconds to take an 11-3 lead into halftime. Stephanie Grove would earn three assists in the first half of play.
In the second half, it would be more of the same as the Lady Eagles started the running clock after Kelley Friere's goal less than five minutes into the second half made it 13-3. Breonna Ligouri scored back-to-back goals for RU, and Grove and Alex Powers each scored to give RU a 17-3 lead with just under five minutes to go. Point would score a pair of goals inside of the final two minutes to create the final score.
RU pressured Point on clears throughout the game as the Skyhawks (7-12) only had six successful clears in the contest. Grove forced a game-high three turnovers, with Ashlyn Brandon, Meaghan Friere, Sarah Youtsey, Kailee McDonald, and Angel Cornista each forcing a pair.