NEWBERRY — A record setting performance by freshman Carly Marksberry helped the Newberry women’s lacrosse team to a 14-4 home victory over the visiting Urbana Blue Knights at Setzler Field on Wednesday night.
Newberry (3-3) opened the scoring with 23-37 remaining in the first period as Marksberry drew an Urbana (0-1) foul to set up a free position opportunity. Marksberry’s try from the hash secured the Wolves’ their first tally of the night.
Over five minutes expired between the Wolves’ first goal and their second when with 15:35 remaining Marksberry found junior Kerri Ann Barlage with a pass, which was quickly converted to a goal by Barlage.
Marksberry found the scoring column once again with 13:22 on the clock on an unassisted strike. The second goal of the evening for the freshman was soon answered by Urbana’s Emily Boerger as she scored the Blue Knights’ first goal of the season.
With 4:26 remaining in the half, Marksberry struck once again for her third goal of the day, which was soon followed by an unassisted goal for fellow freshman Noelle Allen.
The Wolves’ final goal of the first half came with 1:21 on the clock as sophomore Megan Kenny scored her first goal of the season off an assist from Marksberry. Kenny’s goal gave Newberry a 6-1 halftime advantage.
Newberry started the second half strong right off the opening draw, as a controlled draw by sophomore Elise Sanchez resulted in another Marksberry goal off an assist from sophomore Tessa Davis.
An 8-1 advantage was made possible off the very next draw control as Davis scored a goal of her own with 29:12 on the clock. Less than a minute later Marksberry scored her fifth and final goal of the night on an assist from junior Kayla Hopper of Newberry.
Neither team was able to get much done over the next few minutes, until Allen found the back of the net with 21:54 on the clock with an assist from Davis.
Marksberry recorded an assist with 17 minutes remaining in the game as she set-up fellow freshman Alexis Cathcart’s first collegiate goal, which gave the Wolves a 10-goal advantage. The goal differential grew at 15:34 as Barlage scored her second goal of the day, but the Blue Knights soon answered as Chanelle Bondurant scored her first goal of the season with 14:17 remaining.
Sanchez joined the scoring party with 11:06 remaining as Marksberry collected her fourth assist. Newberry’s final goal was of the unassisted variety, as Cathcart scored her second goal of the night to put the Wolves ahead 14-2.
Two late goals by the Blue Knights wrapped things up with a 14-4 Newberry victory.
Marksberry’s nine points are tied for most in a single-game in Newberry lacrosse history, while her five goals are good for third best and her four assists are tied for second best behind her five assist performance earlier in the season against Emmanuel.
Sophomore Victoria Thoma led the Wolves with five controlled draws and three ground balls, while junior Olivia Lawnick and freshman Jessica Baxtrom each caused three turnovers.
Newberry continues its string of home games on Sunday as the Wolves host the Tiffin Dragons at 11 a.m.