John Kipper, Staff Writer
Over the weekend, Women’s Lacrosse stretched their current win streak to six, improving to 7-3 overall and maintaining a perfect 5-0 record in conference play after beating the Concordia Chicago Cougars and Illinois Tech Scarlet Hawks. They currently hold second place in the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference (MWLC) and are behind Hamline University (7-4, 6-0 in conference play).
Against a short-handed Concordia team, the Auggies controlled every facet of the game. Eight different players scored en route to the 14-2 drubbing with seniors Delaney Everett and Helena Nguyen scoring four goals. The Cougars managed only 13 shots the entire night while getting peppered with 31 from Augsburg. Field positioning and ball possession played a big role in this differential as the Auggies managed to clear the ball from their defensive end into the offensive end 20 times on 21 attempts. Off the draw, AU dominated, controlling 11 of 18 face offs. Concordia had zero players on the bench and struggled to keep up with the fast pace. Defensively, Augsburg was stellar, forcing 22 turnovers.
Augsburg claimed its fifth double-digit victory in a row after routing Illinois Tech 13-2. The team scored seven unanswered goals in the first half with Everett finding the back of the net for four and going on to score six total. Nguyen scored another four, and junior Izzy Snow scored three of her own. Once more, great field positioning played a large role in contributing to the offense with the team successfully clearing the ball 95 percent of the time (19/20). Maintaining possession of the ball also limited the Scarlet Hawks offensive opportunities, and, along with a stifling Auggie defense, Illinois Tech managed only 13 shots and turned the ball over 20 times.
The Auggies kick off a stretch of road games that will take them from Iowa to Illinois before coming home to close out the regular season against Concordia Wisconsin on April 27.
This article first appeared in the Friday, April 13, Edition of The Echo.