Ford scores 200th career goal in 21-10 win against Eastern

Marcus Leaf

The Lady Colonels dominated Eastern University both offensively and defensively, now look to continue to improve in the post season.

The Wilkes University women’s lacrosse team wraps up regular season play with 21-10 win over Eastern University, also secured the second seed in the Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs, based on tie breaking rules.

Carley Smith led the Lady Colonels past the Eagles with an impressive six goals on nine shots. Smith had help from fellow All-MAC performers Tori Keer with five goals, Madeline Brownsey with four goals and Gabby Ford with four goals as well on the 21-10 victory.

The blue and gold’s defense played one of this season’s best efforts as a unit. The Lady Colonels dominated the shooting stats putting 44 shots up with 39 on goal, as Eastern had only 21 shots with 18 shots on the mark.

The Lady Colonel’s also dominated on draw controls 21-12 and groundballs as well 26-19. Freshmen goalkeeper Morgan Galluzo allowed only 10 goals with six saves for her 12th win this season.

“Our defense played well against Eastern however we can improve by becoming quicker and faster to get back on defense,” Smith said.

The highlight of the 21-10 domination was Gabby Ford scoring her 200th career goal. Ford’s 200th career goal came off a crisp feed from Smith directly down the crease. Ford caught the pass and took a left handed sling to put the blue and gold up 6-1 in the first half.

“I wouldn’t have been able to reach this goal without my team,”  Ford said. “I’m thankful to have them, and it’s a great feeling to accomplish such a task.”

This victory brought Wilkes to a conference record of 4-2 and an overall record of 12-2. As the team approaches the post-season, it has the Cougars of Misericordia in the first round.

The Lady Colonels outscored the Cougars by eight goals in season play. However, Wilkes had a tough time containing freshmen of the year Liz Mulvey, who scored five times for Misericordia.

“Our defense has improved but we continue to work on things as we get ready for Misericordia,” Brownsey said.

The Lady Colonels are set to play Misericordia for the MAC semifinal at 5 p.m. May 1, at Schmidt Stadium.