INDIANA, Pa. - - Nationally ranked No. 18 Indiana (Pa.) was too much for the Wilmington University women's lacrosse team on Saturday, falling 24-5 in the nonconference contest at George P. Miller Field.
Leading 5-2, the Crimson Hawks (2-0) scored the final 10 goals of the first half to break the game open. The Wildcats (0-4) scored three goals in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome IUP.
The Crimson Hawks are ranked No. 18 in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Poll.
The Wildcats gained more draws than IUP, 17-14, including an 11-7 advantage in the first half, but committed 24 turnovers in the game compared to the Crimson Hawks' seven.
Lashay Ross tied the game at 1-1 with the Wildcats' first goal while Sam Foster cut the Wildcats deficit to 5-2 with her first goal with 21:08 left in the first half. But the Crimson Hawks scored the final 10 goals of the half to head into the locker room with a 15-2 lead.
La'Dae Boykin got on the scoreboard as the teams traded the first four goals of the second half as Ross and Foster tacked on their second goals of the game in the second half.
Maddie Hurm made 18 saves for the Wildcats while two Crimson Hawk goalkeepers split five saves.
IUP was led by Adrianna Greco's five goals and six points while Lauren Robinson dished out seven assists in the win.
The Wildcats tough start to the 2018 season continues as their next contest is against another nationally ranked opponent. They remain with playing PSAC schools, hosting No. 8 East Stroudsburg on Wednesday at the WU Athletics Complex. The opening draw is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.