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April 6, 2013

Vikings remain unbeaten in MWLC play

Sophomore Kate Zisser scored four goals and handed out a pair of assists Saturday as Augustana defeated Fontbonne 24-4 at Thorson-Lucken Field.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Augustana shook off a bit of a slow start Saturday and went on to a 24-4 win over Fontbonne at Thorson-Lucken Field. The victory kept the Vikings unbeaten in Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference play at 4-0 and Coach Sara Tisdale's club is now 8-3 on the year. Fontbonne falls to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the MWLC.

Sophomore Kate Zisser (Kirkwood HS, St. Louis, Mo.) scored two goals as Augustana jumped out to a 6-0 lead nine and a half minutes in. However, Griffin Carolann Brenzo scored back-to-back goals to get the visitors to within 6-2. The score stayed that way for a while as the Vikings went more than 11 minutes without scoring.  

Freshman Quinn Foley (Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) finally broke the ice with an unassisted goal at the 9:26 mark of the first half. That opened the floodgates, as the hosts found the net five more times in the last 8:45 of the half and took a 12-2 lead to the break.  

The onslaught continued after halftime, with Augustana scoring eight goals, including three by freshman Emily Handrahan (Lake Zurich HS, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), in the first 13 minutes of the second half. Brenzo scored twice more for Fontbonne, but the Vikings scored the game's final three goals, with sophomore Anna Kyllo (St. Croix Lutheran, Bloomington, Minn.) getting her first of the season with 1:01 left to wrap up the scoring. The 24 goals were just one off the school record set in an overtime win at Berry last season and the most Augustana has ever scored in regulation time.  

Zisser scored four goals and added a pair of assists. Sophomore Hilary Kargl (Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, Ky.) scored three times and dished out four assists. Handrahan and sophomore Kelly Stelzer (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.) each had three goals and freshman Rebecca Pollard (Westfield HS, Carmel, Ind.) and Ryen Merhar (Oak Park River Forest HS, Oak Park, Ill.) two apiece.  

In addition to her first goal, Kyllo had seven ground balls and caused seven Griffin turnovers. Freshman Kaylee Nolan (Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) controlled seven draws.  

The Vikings travel to Westerville, Ohio to face Otterbein at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12.