By Blake Moore
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Ohio Northern women's lacrosse program began its 2019 Spring Break trip Tuesday afternoon, falling 15-3 to Old Dominion Athletic Conference foe Guilford (N.C.) at the Armfield Athletic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
With the loss, the Polar Bears move to 1-2 overall in the early season. Meanwhile, the Quakers rise to 3-2 overall.
In net, junior goalkeeper Kelli Hill (Worthington/Thomas Worthington) recorded a career-high 15 saves and paced the Orange and Black with four ground balls.
Additionally, sophomore defender Hannah Cornelius (Worthington/Thomas Worthington) posted a career-high three ground balls while classmate Sabra Woodruff (Beavercreek) registered a team-best three draw controls.
For the home side, Madison Iandoli and Audrey Helfenbein each produced four-goal hat tricks to lead the Quaker offense.
Guilford sprinted out to an early lead Tuesday afternoon, scoring the first five goals over the opening 16 minutes. The Polar Bears broke into the scoring column with 9:52 left in the first half when McArn rifled a free position attempt past Quakers' goalkeeper Kersten Daneau, but the home side closed the frame with five straight goals to lead 10-1 at the break.
Following two Iandoli goals to open the second, Shipman converted the Polar Bears' second free position shot of the nonconference affair to make the game 12-2 with 22:07 remaining in regulation. Moments later, Lohman scored on an assist from Shipman to conclude the ONU scoring.
As a team, Guilford out-shot the Polar Bears 35-13 and held a 13-7 advantage in draw controls during Tuesday's matchup. They also managed a 23-16 edge in ground balls.
Ohio Northern will return to action this Friday, March 8 with a 1 p.m. matchup against Greensboro (N.C.). The nonconference contest will be the final game of a two-game road stretch and will conclude this season's Spring Break trip.