Vikings win in weather shortened game

Vikings win in weather shortened game

Women's Lacrosse closed out March with a mid-week contest against Missouri Valley College.

The opening draw saw the visiting Vikings grab the early ball. Missouri Valley's first attempt was saved by Madison Herbert (Berthoud, Colo.) but MVC collected the rebound and Payge Farewell put it past Herbert to give the Vikings the 1-0 advantage 38 seconds into the game. Herbert came out strong early in the game, saving two more quick shots from MVC. Katie Smith (Livermore, Calif.) saw her shot saved by MVC's Jacie Willison in the seventh minute. Ashley Guerrero (Downey, Calif.) scored her 17th of the season off a free position attempt with 18:42 left on the clock to tie the game 1-1. Missouri Valley broke up the 1-1 tie at 15:55 after clearing a ball from their defensive end.

Herbert continued to come up big for Johnson & Wales as the first period continued, collecting 13 saves in the first half. Guerrero saw another attempt at 9:32 saved by Willison as the 'Cats continued to look for their second goal. At the break, MVC led 4-1. Herbert kept coming up with big saves in the second period but the Viking's offense continued to build up the momentum and extended their lead to 11-1 with 10:27 left in the game. A slow moving storm finally reached Aurora Sports Park, forcing the game into a lightning delay. During the delay, a second piece of the storm dropped over an inch of snow, limiting visibility and showed no signs of letting up. The game was called a complete game and the Vikings secured the 11-1 win.

Herbert finished with 19 saves for Johnson & Wales and also had a team high four ground balls. Guerrero had two shots on goal for Johnson & Wales.

The Wildcats will have a small break before returning to action against Adams State University on April 14.