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BW Women’s Lacrosse Beats Wilmington for 10th Straight and First-Ever OAC Win

Colleen Bodkin
Colleen Bodkin
BEREA, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace University women's lacrosse team won its school-record 10th straight as well its first-ever Ohio Athletic Conference game with a 24-4 victory against Wilmington College on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium. The 24 goals scored set the school-record for goals in a game.

During the 10 game winning streak, the Yellow Jackets (11-2, 1-0 OAC) has outscored its opponents 183-69; including 119-31 over the last six games.

BW was led by freshman midfielder Sierra Thomas (Medina) who scored a game-high and school-record tying six goals. Freshman midfielder Maddie Russell (Lakewood/Rocky River) and junior midfielder Cara Wood (Shaker Heights/Laurel) each tallied four goals and added two assists. Senior attack Colleen Bodkin(East Aurora, N.Y.) contributed four goals and added an one assist. Junior midfielder Victoria Budzyn (East Aurora, N.Y.) added three goals and two assists while senior attack Becky Russell (Glenshaw, Pa. /Shaler Area) scored two goals and added one assist. Freshman midfielder Katie Kocher (Rocky River) had a game-high four assists.

Wilmington (0-10, 0-1 OAC) was led by Sammy Koerner with two goals.

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring just 14 seconds into the game when Budzyn scored her 19th goal of the season. The Quakers tied the game at 1-1 when Koerner scored the free position shot goal at the 28:09 mark. BW responded with four unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead when Bodkin found the back of the net off the assist from Becky Russell with 17:23 remaining. After another Wilmington goal that made the score 5-2, the Yellow Jackets scored nine unanswered goals to close out the first half and led 14-2 at the intermission.

BW scored seven more goals to open the second half to take a commanding 21-2 lead on the fourth goal of the game for Maddie Russell of the third assist for Kocher at the 16:53 mark. The Quakers scored their third goal of the game to cut the lead down to 21-3 when Rachel Gutowski scored the man-up goal with 13:47 remaining. The Yellow Jackets outscored Wilmington 3-1 down the stretch.

The Yellow Jackets are back on Wednesday, April 16 when they travel to Westerville for an OAC game against Otterbein University at 5 p.m. The final home game is on Wednesday, April 23 when the team hosts the University of Mount Union in an OAC game on the Tressel Field at 7:30 p.m.

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