By Blake Moore
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Ohio Northern women's lacrosse program broke its single-game scoring record Friday afternoon, ending their 2019 Spring Break trip with a resounding 19-2 victory over Greensboro (N.C.) at Pride Field.
The Polar Bears' 19 goals surpassed the previous program-best mark of 18 goals set on three separate occasions, including this season's 18-3 victory over Hiram on February 27. In addition, the 17-goal triumph is now the largest margin of victory in program history.
With the victory, the Polar Bears improve to 2-2 overall and finish 1-1 on this season's Spring Break trip. Meanwhile, the Pride drop to 0-2 in 2019.
Juniors Betsy Naugle (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area) and Jacqui Lohman (Liberty Township/Lakota East) guided the offensive barrage, netting five goals each in the contest. Lohman's five strikes also established a new career-best goal total for the third-year starter.
Meanwhile, sophomore Sydney Skelding (North Plainfield, N.J./Dublin) tallied a four-goal hat trick in her first game of the 2019 season. She would add an assist, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers.
Junior goalkeeper Kelli Hill (Worthington/Thomas Worthington) totaled eight saves en route to her second win in net this season.
Early on, the Pride managed to keep the contest close, responding quickly to Naugle's game-opening goal scored 41 seconds into the game.
From there, Ohio Northern strung together four consecutive goals off the sticks of Lohman, Skelding, and junior Ann McArn (Bay Village/Western Reserve Academy).
GC's Kara Whitson ended the Polar Bear run with a free-position shot at the 18:07 mark.
A stingy Ohio Northern defense did not allow another goal for the remaining 48 minutes in Friday's contest, allowing ONU to ride a 14-0 scoring run to victory.
Ohio Northern will now break from action until next Thursday, March 14 when Albion (Mich.) visits Ada for a nonconference showdown. Game time is set for 7 p.m. inside Dial-Roberson Stadium.