BETHLEHEM, Pa. --- The Moravian College women's lacrosse team posted a 16-8 victory over visiting King's College in non-conference action under the lights of John Makuvek Field to begin the 2019 season Wednesday evening.
"It's great to start the season with a win," noted fourth-year Head Coach Kristen Nicholson. "It was a balanced effort top to bottom and I'm excited to see how much we improve moving forward."
Sophomore attack Danielle Sullivan paced the Greyhounds with a career-high five goals while senior attack Jillian Picciuto contributed four goals, four assists, six draw controls, two ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers. Junior attack Liz Bill also netted four goals to go with seven ground balls while senior attack Dalia Aguilar scored two goals and added two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Freshman midfielder Lindsey Strohl had one goal, one assists, five draw controls and two ground balls in her first collegiate match while sophomore midfielder Meaghan McMullan had an assist, six draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore defender Olivia Clearie scooped up five ground balls while freshman defender Samantha Cherenson added four ground balls. Seniors Jacqueline LaCava and Kristen Baxter each contributed two ground balls.
Moravian finished the contest with a 44-21 edge on shots, a 34-18 advantage in ground balls and a 19-6 edge in draw controls. The Blue and Grey were also 15-for-17 on clearing attempts while forcing the Monarchs to go just 18-for-32 on clears.
King's scored the opening goal of the match before Bill netted the Hounds' first goal of the season 1:27 into action. Picciuto and Sullivan scored as Moravian took a 3-1 lead 5:15 into the opening half. After the Monarchs scored, Bill and Picciuto pushed it to a 5-2 edge for the Greyhounds only to see King's cut it to 5-4 with 9:46 still to go in the first half. Picciuto and Strohl would score before the half ended as Moravian led 7-4 after 30 minutes of action.
Sullivan opened the second half with a goal at the 22:35 mark before the Monarchs closed within 8-6 with two goals. Picciuto started an 8-0 run from the Blue and Grey with a tally at 18:42 that eventually pushed the lead to 16-6. In the middle of the 13 minute stretch, Sullivan scored three times in just under two minutes of action.
Moravian is slated to return to action on Saturday, March 2 when the squad hosts FDU-Florham in a non-conference contest beginning at 11:30 a.m. on John Makuvek Field.