NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt lacrosse team came out on fire in their midweek matchup against conference opponent Cincinnati. With both teams looking for their first BIG EAST wins of the season, the Dores ended a six-game losing streak with a momentous 13-3 victory at home.
With the victory, the Commodores own a 5-8 (1-3) record.
Leaders for Vanderbilt included Kelly Chandler with four goals, Mallory Schonk and Jill Doherty with three assists, Emma Dagres with sevens shots and Callahan Kent with four saves. Doherty also led on the draw with four.
The Dores earned their first goal three minutes into the competition, as freshman Julie Blaze secured her fifth career goal. The Vanderbilt offence went to work against the Bearcats, with four different attackers contributing to Vandy’s 6-0 first half shutout. Blaze and Mallory Schonk spearheaded the first half effort, with two goals apiece. The Bearcats only had two shots and two-draw controls in the first 30 minutes.
Coming out the locker room the Commodores extended their supreme defense into the second half. VU’s D consistently limited Bearcat looks and held Cincinnati off the board until 14:10, when the squad took back-to-back goals.
The Commodores final two goals of the contest came from sophomore Margaret Fee, who earned her first goal of the season off Hadley Brown’s first career assist. Still running off adrenaline from her assist, Brown earned her first career goal for the Commodores with 3:22 left.
Cincinnati took the final goal, as Stegmann earned the team’s third goal on the day. The Vandy defense kept the Bearcat’s leading scorer, Megan Bell, off the board, earning the ‘Dores their first 10 goal differential victory since VU’s 20-10 victory over Liberty last season.
Vandy heads back out on the road this weekend, taking on the UConn Huskies on Saturday at 10:00 am.