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March 27, 2013

Vikings pull away for 23-4 win over Concordia

Allie Roehrenbeck (32) and Emily Handrahan (14) accounted for seven Augustana goals Wednesday night as the Vikings defeated Concordia 23-4 in Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference action at Thorson-Lucken Field.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Augustana broke open a game that was close early on, outscoring Concordia 20-1 over the final 48:18 Wednesday for a 23-4 Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference win at Thorson-Lucken Field. Freshman Emily Handrahan (Lake Zurich HS, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) scored three of her four goals in the first 13:30 of the game. Sophomore Christina Letmanksi (Glenbard West HS, Wheaton, Ill.) led the Vikings (6-3 overall and 2-0 in the MWLC) with six goals. The Falcons fall to 2-2 on the year and 2-1 in the league.

The teams traded goals for the first 10-plus minutes of the contest, with Handrahan scoring twice and Letmanksi once for Augustana and Concordia's Aly Pinkos answering each of those goals with one of her own. With 18:16 left in the opening half, Viking freshman Kendall Maduro (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) scored the first of her four goals on the night to put the hosts up 4-3.  

It was all Augustana from that point on, as the Vikings scored nine more goals in the half. Falcon Sammi Reiter interrupted the run only briefly, with a goal at the 8:17 mark, but her team trailed 13-4 at the half.  

Coach Sara Tisdale's club got 10 goals from eight different players in the second half and cruised to the win.  

In addition to Letmanksi's six and Handrahan and Maduro's four goals, Allie Roehrenbeck (Columbus Academy, Gahanna, Ohio) contributed three. Freshman Rebecca Pollard (Westfield HS, Carmel, Ind.) had two goals and a team-high two assists as well.  

Sophomore Sarah Osier (Naperville Central, Naperville, Ill.) played the first half in goal and picked up the win to improve to 4-3 this year. Freshman Jenna Hofmann (Columbine HS, Littleton, Colo.) relieved her for the final 30 minutes and recorded three saves without allowing a goal.  

Augustana finished with a 54-14 advantage in shots and a 25-19 edge in ground balls.  

On Tuesday, April 2, the Vikings host another MWLC opponent when Carthage comes calling. Game time at Thorson-Lucken Field is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.