HUNTSVILLE | The University of Alabama Huntsville women’s lacrosse team earned the first victory of the Akasha Kasper era Friday night, beating visiting Rhodes 20-11 on a chilly evening at Charger Park. The Chargers improve to 1-2 with the win, while the Lynx start the year 0-1.
Isadora Springer had a big night for the Chargers in the win, scoring five times and adding an assist for a total of six points, while the two Katie Gerber and Hailey Gallant both had four points in the game on three goals and an assist.
Gerber also collected a team-best seven ground balls while prompting a team-high five turnovers, while Gallant led the Chargers with 11 shots including 10 on target.
A trio of Chargers scored three points in the game with both Katie Williams and Anastasia Lajoie scored twice and collected an assist as Ryleigh Casserley distributed a pair of assists in addition to scoring a goal.
cara brown added two scores, and both Bryanna Hamblin and Alison Sommerfeld each scored one goal.
The Chargers split the time in goal between Shaina Doser who played the first half and recorded a pair of saves, while Tori Ryan picked up the win by stopping three shots in the last two periods.
Springer scored the game’s first goal, but the Lynx scored twice to go up 2-1 just under six minutes into the game. From that point, UAH scored three in a row to end the quarter, taking a 5-2 advantage in the second that started with three more in a row to give the hosts a 7-2 advantage at 6:56.
After Rhodes finished the quarter with three straight games to create a 7-5 score in favor of the Chargers at halftime, and the guests would score three of the first four to start the third to tie the game at 8-8.
UAH then took full control of the contest, scoring nine in a row including three from Springer to take a 17-8 lead at 9:39 of the fourth quarter, and both teams would score three times in the final minutes to create the final 20-11.
The Chargers outshot Rhodes by a 42-20 margin, including a 35-16 penalty shootout advantage, and UAH collected 23 ground balls to the visitors’ 15.
UAH will resume action on Saturday, February 26, when the team travels to Mount Olive. This contest is scheduled for a 2 p.m. CT start.