Belleville, Ill. – Midland University lacrosse split a pair of games over the weekend to conclude its spring break road trip. The Warriors lost to Robert Morris University, 19-4, on Friday and defeated Lindenwood University-Belleville, 22-6, on Saturday afternoon.
"I'm happy with how we played over the course of the road trip and really proud of how we performed today to wrap up the break," said Head Coach Nate Hoeckelman. "Against Lindenwood I felt we really showcased our ability and what this team is capable of doing when they communicate on the field and work together. It brings me great joy to see some of the new players progressing well and watching our entire team improve their skills."
Midland kicked off action this weekend against No. 4 Robert Morris University. The Warriors found themselves battling from behind the whole game after Robert Morris scored the first nine points of the match. Rylee Moore-Ryberg stopped the run at the 10:31 mark with a point for Midland to make it 9-1.
However, the Eagles quickly matched the Warriors with another goal and took a 10-1 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Midland added two quick goals from Sarah Hill and Ari Traynor in the first minute and a half to bring the score to 10-3.
Robert Morris continued to pour it on however, scoring seven straight points to grow its sizeable lead to 17-3.
Hill added her second goal of the match at the 8:35 mark, but the Eagles closed out the game with two more goals to account for the final of 19-4.
Midland had a tough time batting the pressure of Robert Morris, allowing 26 shots on goal in the game. The Warriors only attempted 13 shots with 11 of those being on goal Friday.
On Saturday, Midland jumped on top of Lindenwood, 3-0, in the first 10 minutes of the game highlighted by a pair of scores by Moore-Ryberg.
The Lynx tried to battle back, putting one past Lauren Burkey of Midland to cut the Warrior lead to 3-1. Midland stretched its lead to 4-1 after Warkentin netted her second goal of the game with 17:23 remaining in the first half.
Jade Lawson cut the lead to two before Midland added three straight points from Moore-Ryberg, Audrey Lutkin, and Hill to give the Warriors a 7-2 advantage.
The two teams continued to trade goals before the Midland offense scored five straight points before the half to stretch the lead to 13-4.
To start the second half Moore-Ryberg slid one by the goal keeper to add to the Warrior lead, 16-5.
Iman Hassan added the only point for the Lynx in the second half before Midland closed the game by scoring six straight goals to seal the win at 22-6.
Lutkin lead the Warriors in the game with six goals, while teammates Moore-Ryberg added five and Quandt netted four. Burkey recorded 11 saves in goal for Midland to record the victory.
The Warriors return home to Fremont and open a four-game home stand at Christensen Field. Midland will host Oklahoma Baptist University on Friday, April 4 at 11:00 a.m.
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