WLAX: Indiana Tech Tops Siena Heights 15-9

FORT WAYNE – It was senior night at Warrior Field for the Indiana Tech women’s lacrosse team and they honored a pair of three-time National Women’s Lacrosse League All-Americans in Kendall Guthrie and Autumn McMillin. The duo combined to score seven goals in the Warriors 15-9 victory over Siena Heights on a windy, cold, muddy contest.

The Warriors improve to 6-4 overall and 6-2 in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play while the Saints fall to 7-8 on the season and 3-5 in conference action.

Guthrie got the scoring started at the 29:48 mark as she fired a shot into the back of the net off a pass from Alexis DiGiovanni. After 13 minutes of possession, the Warriors added three tallies in four minutes with goals from Alexa Winter, Tayler Campbell and another from Guthrie, with the assist from DiGiovanni. Samantha Skodi put the Saints on the board with an unassisted goal at the 11:26 mark to cut the lead to three, 4-1. Another three goal run by Tech with goals from Winter, Guthrie and McMillin, put the game out of reach with a 7-1 lead. Aliisa Mason converted on a free position shot with 5:49 to play to send the teams to the break, 7-2.

Tech held an 18-10 margin in shots and 16-9 in ground balls while also maintaining a 9-1 advantage in draw controls. Tech was 2-for-4 on free position attempts while the Saints went 1-for-2 in the half. Tech also failed just one clear in 17 tries while creating three turnovers on the Saints 10 attempts.

It was a much closer second half as the Warriors put it in cruise control. Sabina Snow put SHU on the board first in the half, but Tech answered with three more tallies from Campbell (from Aubri Hazen), Lauren Allard (from DiGiovanni) and McMillin to push the lead to seven, 10-3. Three more goals from SHU cut the deficit back to four, 10-6, however, Guthrie then netted back-to-back goals and Campbell followed suit, her last on an assist from Winter, to put the game out of reach, 14-6 with seven minutes to play. SHU added three more goals and Hazen netted the Warriors final tally to account for the 15-9 score.

Tech finished the contest outshooting the Saints 37-22 while also winning ground balls (32-25) and draw controls (15-11). The Warriors finished 3-for-5 on free position attempts while SHU was 4-for-8 and Tech failed to clear just four times in 31 chances compared to nine in 30 for the Saints.

Guthrie was the star on senior night, leading the team with five points, all goals, while Campbell finished with four points, all goals as well. Winter had two goals and an assist and McMillin finished with two goals.

Gabby Young got the win in the net for Tech making 10 saves while allowing the nine goals in 60 minutes of play.

Mason led the Saints with four points, all goals.

The Warriors return to Warrior Field tomorrow, Apr. 5 as they host Lourdes in a WHAC contest at 5 p.m.

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