Cooper Sets New Single-Game Goal Record to Lead Mariners to Victory Over Hornets

Cooper Sets New Single-Game Goal Record to Lead Mariners to Victory Over Hornets

CASTINE, Maine – Tori Cooper (Saco, Maine) broke the single-game record for goals scored to lead Maine Maritime Academy women's lacrosse to a 20-7 victory over Lyndon on Saturday afternoon, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action on Ritchie Field.

With the victory, the Mariners continue to break records, setting single-game records in points (26), goals scored (20), and free position goals (7). The 13-goal margin of victory is also the team's largest in program history.

Mikayla Hodge won the first draw and took the ball in for a goal, to put the Hornets on the board at 29:33, but Cooper capitalized on a free position shot to tie the game at 1-1. Hodge found teammate Taylor Cavaliero for a goal at 26:06. The Mariners responded with four-unanswered goals on two goals from both Briana Obshatkin (Dedham, Mass.) and Shelby O'Neil (Bar Harbor, Maine) to take a 5-2 led. Hodge secured a hat trick at 17:25 remaining in the first half, to cut the Mariners' lead to two goals.

The two teams exchanged goals back and forth until the Mariners went on a five-goal run to close out the first half with a 12-5 lead. Reigning NAC Rookie of the Week Madison Barry (Stoneham, Mass.) grabbed her first goal of the game to open up the second half, on a pass from Haley Eckert (Harrington, Maine), and the Mariners held the Hornets to just two goals in the second half en route to the victory.

Cooper led the Mariners with six goals, four ground balls, two draw controls, and a caused turnover, while O'Neil added five goals and an assist. Both Cooper and O'Neil tallied three free position goals to set a new single-game record. Obshatkin recorded four goals and an assist, while scooping up four ground balls and leading all players with four caused turnovers and Leah Libby (Paris, Maine) added two goals. Barry, Charlette Bradley (Slidell, La.), and Knight accounted for the Mariners' other scoring.

Hodge and Carmen Mears led the Hornets with three goals each, Hodge also led the team with a game-high 10 draw controls. Cavaliero, Amanda Hadley, and Hodge scooped up three ground balls each.

Sierra James (Campton, N.H.) was sharp in net for the Mariners, earning the victory with seven saves, four ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Lyndon's Hadley recorded 10 saves in the loss.

The Mariners improve to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in NAC play, while the Hornets fall to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference. Maine Maritime returns to action next Saturday, March 25 when they host Castleton University at 3:30 pm.