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Early Lead Propels Redlands Women's Lacrosse to Ninth Victory

The University of Redlands women's lacrosse team built an early lead that held up en route to its ninth consecutive win of the season, which came by a 14-10 decision over the visiting Tigers of Sewanee: the University of the South (TN) on Monday at Farquhar Field.

After the teams traded goals to start the game, the Bulldogs took control with a 9-2 performance in the opening stanza. Senior midfielder Megan Prickett (Poway, CA) fired off three of her team-leading four goals during the first 30 minutes of action.

Redlands continued to pour it on offensively, scoring three netters in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza. Sophomore midfielder Jacky Craycraft (Trabuco Canyon, CA) capped off a hat-trick performance in this stretch.

Trailing by 10, the Tigers finally woke up and rattled off six unanswered goals during a 10-minute stretch, with senior midfielder Meg Welton (Germantown, TN) uncorking four of her game-high five scores.

Junior attack player Crystal Painter (Lake George, NY) reincarnated the Bulldogs' offense with her second goal of the match, which came at the 10:54-mark.

Sewanee tacked on two more netters to Redlands' one in the final minutes, while the Maroon and Gray took control of the ball and refused to relinquish it.

Junior attack player Aimee Dewan (Alamo, CA) rounded out the multi-goal contributors for the Bulldogs.

In addition, the team gained assists from Craycraft, Prickett, Painter and sophomore midfielder KK McCaslin (Portland, OR).

Painter and Craycraft once again split the majority of Redlands' draw controls, snagging four apiece. But it was Sewanee (4-2) that gained a slight overall edge with 14 to the Bulldogs' 12.

Painter also picked up four ground balls, while McCaslin and junior midfielder Katie Colasurdo (Eugene, OR) added three each.

Senior goalkeeper Ana Martinez (Pleasanton, CA) stepped up with seven saves in a complete-game effort.

Redlands (9-0) welcomes MIT to Farquhar Field on Tues., March 27, for a 7 p.m. non-conference showdown.