In its first game since losing eight days ago, the Elon University women’s lacrosse team defeated the College of the Holy Cross 14-3 Saturday morning at Rudd Field.

Sophomore attacker Stephanie Asher scored five goals, including three in a two-and-a-half minute span early in the second half. She now has 20 goals on the season, jumping into the top 20 goalscorers nationally.

“We were moving really well as an offense,” Asher said. “A couple of things clicked for us that really opened up a lot of opportunities for myself and other players.”

Sophomore midfielder Maeve Cowley added four goals and two assists, leading the team with six points.

While the victory is always a positive, head coach Josh Hexter was not fully satisfied with his team’s performance.

“We had way too many mental lapses in this game,” Hexter said. “For us to be where we really want to be every game, and playing to our potential, we can’t have mental lapses like we did here.”

Hexter said Elon’s seven second-half turnovers were “way too many,” as the Phoenix finished with 11 on the day. He also thinks that, despite the 25 shots on goal, Elon needs to “shoot better.”

After the 12-4 loss against the State University of New York at Albany March 4, Asher said Elon had great practices all week leading up to Saturday. The game was the first of four games in 11 days for Elon, with no more than three days off in between games.

Elon ends its three-game homestand at 6 p.m. Tuesday against the No. 5 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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