The Genesee Community College women's lacrosse team took to the road to open their season and returned with a 1-1 split with a season-opening loss to the Community College of Baltimore County Essex 19-7 March 10 and followed that with a 19-13 win over Frederick Community College March 11.
"After a tough first year of trying to build a program and teaching a complete new sport, we are finally turning the corner in our second year. We have all learned a lot and have all come a long way and are so happy to come out of this weekend with a 1-1 split," head coach Jeff Reyngoudt said.
Leading the way in the latter win was Molly Barden with seven goals and Bri Heers with five. Kali Wright added three goals, while Rachel Ladd added a pair with a single tally coming from Olivia Steedman.
The season-opening loss to the Knights didn't start well with the Cougars falling behind 7-0, but in a span of just over four minutes late in the first half the Cougars cut the deficit to 7-4 with Barden starting a scoring spree that was followed by a single tally from Wright and a pair from Heers.
The Cougars scored another three goals in the second half with all of them coming off the stick of Barden, who also led the team with nine shots.
Sara Zakes recorded 22 saves over the weekend with double-digit saves in each contest.
Twenty-two of the team's 26 goals over the weekend came from three players with Barden leading the way with 11. Heers and Wright have another 11 combined with seven coming from Heers and four from Wright.
The Cougars next travel to powerhouse Monroe for a 5 p.m. start March 21.