By Caleb Scott
ADA — Sophomores Betsy Naugle (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area) and Rachel Shipman (Noblesville, Ind.) led the Ohio Northern women's lacrosse team to its second consecutive victory and a home-opening 15-8 victory over Trine (Ind.) on Saturday afternoon at Dial-Roberson Stadium.
The Polar Bears improve to 2-0 overall, while the Thunder fall to 0-1.
Northern was led in the contest by Shipman as she recorded four goals, while Naugle posted three scores.
Naugle got Northern off to a fast start, scoring just under a 90 seconds into the contest to give ONU a 1-0 lead.
After a goal from freshman Sydney Skelding (Dublin, Calif.) was answered by three straight goals from Trine, Fuller scored off an assist from freshman Sabra Woodruff (Beavercreek) to knot the contest at 3-3 with 15:20 remaining in the first half.
After the Thunder found the back of the net with 14:20 left in the half, Skelding found Naugle for her second goal of the game with 13:06 remaining in the half to bring the score to an even 4-4.
From there, sophomores Ann McArn (Bay Village/Western Reserve Academy) and Jacqui Lohman (Liberty Township/Lakota East) each tallied unassisted goals to end the half and give Northern a 6-4 lead at the intermission.
The Polar Bears took command of the contest in the opening fifteen and a half minutes of the second half as Naugle scored twice, McArn, Lohman, Fuller and Woodruff each scored and Shipman tallied back-to-back goals to push the Polar Bear lead to 11-4 with 14:32 left in the contest.
Trine was able to get one back before Shipman again scored on back-to-back occasions and pushed the lead to 13-5.
After the Thunder added another goal, Green added to the Northern lead and scored with just over five minutes left in the contest to push the lead to 14-6.
Green would ensure that Trine's answer to her goal answered as she tallied her second goal in less than three minutes to keep ONU on top, 15-7.
TU would add one more goal, but could not get any closer as ONU went on to win 15-8.
Senior Shannen Larsen Van Alstine (Neenah, Wis.) earned the victory in the goal and improved to 2-0 this season, recording four saves in the game.
Northern returns to action on Thursday, Mar. 1 at 7 pm as it travels to Wooster to take on the Scots at 7 pm.