Wilhelmsen Hits 200 Points in Women's Lax Win
EASTON, Pa. -- Senior Kirsten Wilhelmsen reached another career milestone, hitting 200 points for her career in Lafayette women's lacrosse's 15-11 win over Army on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium.
Wilhelmsen netted five goals and one assist for six points on the afternoon, moving her career points total to 201. The Wallingford, Pa. native is just the eighth player in program history to record 200 points for her career.
"Kirsten is one of the most dynamic attackers that I've ever coached at any institution," head coach Alison Fisher said. "She's come a long way in four years. Her offensive abilities are textbook beautiful, but I think what others don't see is her work off-ball and setting other people up, and what she does on the ride is no small feat either."
The Leopards needed a strong performance from their senior co-captain on Saturday as the game was played within a one-goal margin for all but just over nine minutes with Army holding the lead as late as 13:43 left in the second half. However, the Leopards closed strong as six of the final seven goals went their way to pull away with the 15-11 final.
Most of the statistical categories went Lafayette's way, holding advantages in shot (35-22), ground balls (25-17) and draw controls (15-13). The ride forced nine turnovers with the Leopards causing 14 in total, impressive considering the physical nature of the Black Knights, who committed 45 fouls on the day compared to just 14 for Lafayette.
Sophomore Jane Kirby was stellar on the offensive end, putting up a five-point performance with three goals and two assists. Sophomores Emma Novick and Mairead Janzer each chipped in with two goals and one assist, respectively, while junior Dana Smith was a standout on the defensive end, causing two turnovers to go along with a game-high seven ground balls.
Army opened strong, answering Wilhelmsen's first goal with three of its own to take a 3-1 lead after the first 10 minutes. The Leopards responded with a pair of scores from Novick and sophomore Hannah Davey, but Army added two more to move its advantage to 5-3 with 10:45 left in the half. The Leopards closed with a purpose, scoring two of the final three goals to send the game into the break with a tie score at 5-5.
The teams traded goals throughout the early stages of the second half and through the midpoint with the game knotted at 10-10 with 10:10 to go. From there, though, it was all Lafayette as two each from Wilhelmsen and Kirby, and one apiece from senior Charlotte Rath and freshman Emily Wingate finished it off.
The win improves the Leopards to 6-2 overall on the season and 1-0 in conference play, while Army falls to 4-5 on the year and 0-1 in Patriot League play.
Lafayette is back in action at Fisher Stadium on Wednesday, going out of conference for a tilt with Villanova. Opening draw from Easton is set for 7 p.m.