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Olivia Carey scoring one of her seven goals on the day
Olivia Carey scoring one of her seven goals on the day

CMS Women's Lacrosse Rolls Past George Fox 22-6 and Into NCAA Second Round

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's lacrosse team fell behind 2-1 early and then rattled off 15 unanswered goals on its way to a 22-6 win over George Fox on Saturday afternoon at Pomona-Pitzer's South Athletics Complex.

Olivia Carey scored seven goals to lead the way for CMS, which improves to 14-5 on the season and advances through to meet Pomona-Pitzer in tomorrow's second round game for the right to advance to the NCAA Regionals next weekend. George Fox suffered its first defeat of the season and ends its year with a 17-1 record. 

George Fox scored first before Carey answered to tie it 1-1, and then the Bruins went ahead 2-1 at the 8:03 mark of the first quarter. Carey then knotted it up a second time at 2-2 just over a minute later on a free position shot, and the Athenas would lead 16-2 in the third quarter before George Fox could find the net again. 

Catherine Murphy gave CMS the lead for good 19 seconds after Carey tied it, and then the Athenas buried the Bruins under an avalanche with five goals in a span of 1:22. Rachel Leonardi started that run with a free position goal at the 3:56 mark, Futterman scored off the draw control 15 later, and then fed Taylor Daetz for a goal off the next draw control 16 seconds after that with 3:25 on the first quarter clock.

Carey finished off her hat trick 33 seconds later at the 2:52 mark, and Emme McMullen scored off a Maggie Griffis feed 18 seconds after to make it 8-2 at the 2:34 mark of the first quarter. 

Carey scored her fourth goal in the closing seconds of the first quarter, and CMS outscored George Fox 5-0 in the second, with Emma Merk beginning and ending the second frame with goals, and Macie Gruver, Futterman and Bella Lynch scoring in between to make it a 14-2 lead at the break 

The third quarter saw Carey score three more goals as CMS outscored George Fox 7-1. Merk, Futterman, McMullen and Murphy also scored in the third as CMS took a 21-3 lead. Carleigh DeLapp scored three goals in a row for George Fox in the fourth, before Abby Parrish finished off the scoring with 3:53 left off a feed from Alicia Lamkin

Futterman finished with three goals and two assists for the Athenas, while Merk had three goals, and Lynch had a goal and three assists. Merk and Alex Wilson led CMS with three ground balls apiece. Chloe Klein and Wilson each had two caused turnovers. 

CMS will face an undefeated team for the second day in a row, as Pomona-Pitzer comes in with a 17-0 record after edging the Athenas 15-11 in the SCIAC Championship. The closest that the Sagehens have come to tasting defeat came at Zinda Field on April 9, when CMS and Pomona-Pitzer went to overtime before the Sagehens prevailed 16-15.