Pirates fall to Cincinnati on the road
CINCINNATI --- Cincinnati scored the game’s first four goals and never trailed in a 16-7 win over ECU at Gettler Stadium Monday.
ECU (2-14): CINCINNATI (8-8)
This was a non-conference game. The American Athletic Conference will begin sponsoring women’s lacrosse in 2019 and both ECU and Cincinnati will be a part of the league. ECU is playing as an independent this year and the Bearcats remain a member of the Big East Conference.
Three players recorded hat tricks in the game. ECU freshman Megan Pallozzi scored three goals for the second time in a game this season, while Cincinnati’s Taylor Gysin (4) and Alyssa Adams each turned the trick for the Bearcats.
The Pirates got single goals from Nicole Legar, Mackell Schultes, Ally Stanton and Brittany Borchers.
ECU collected a season-high 43 ground balls, nearly double its previous season-best of 24 at St. Francis (Pa.). Cincinnati claimed 50 ground balls as the teams combined for 103 ground balls.
The Bearcats took 15 more shots (39-24) than ECU.
Both teams were successful on over 81 percent of their clear attempts (ECU 18-22, CIN 19-23).
HOW IT HAPPENED
Cincinnati scored four goals in the first four minutes of the game and built a 7-1 lead with 11:40 to play until halftime.
Pallozzi scored the Pirates’ first three goals, including two in the first half, with her last coming 10:19 into the second stanza after Cincinnati had constructed a 10-2 lead.
ECU and Cincinnati exchanged goals over the next three minutes before the Bearcats scored two straight to take a nine-goal advantage (13-4) with 10:32 to play.
Each team scored three goals in the final 8:24.
ECU concludes its inaugural season May 6 at Duke. The first draw is scheduled for 3 p.m.