Barton women’s lacrosse wins home opener over North Carolina Wesleyan, 20-3

Freshman Kayli Ashenfelter battles North Carolina Wesleyan College defender Deja Hartman as goalie Sydney Smith looks on during Tuesday night's match in Wilson, N.C. | Photo by Matt Proseus
Freshman Kayli Ashenfelter battles North Carolina Wesleyan College defender Deja Hartman as goalie Sydney Smith looks on during Tuesday night's match in Wilson, N.C. | Photo by Matt Proseus

by Benny Benton

 

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's lacrosse program, just entering its second season of competition, posted a school record for the largest margin of victory Tuesday night with a 20-3 non-conference win over visiting North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Facing a short-handed North Carolina Wesleyan team that only had 11 available starters, the Lady Bulldogs (1-1) scored 11 times over the first 15 minutes of the match on the way to the 17-goal victory.

Playing in cold conditions through a soaking rain, the two sides mutually agreed to stop the match with 11:56 to go after it became an official contest.

Freshman Jenna Brunclik matched the school record for goals in a game with seven, and freshman Lauren Fletcher set a new Barton single-game high in assists with five. The Lady Bulldogs also received four goals and two assists each from freshmen Kayli Ashenfelter and Angelina Scarpa.

The Battling Bishops (0-1), playing their first match since 2014 after the program was reinstated last fall, tallied all three of their goals on free position shots by freshman Alexandra Cucinotta.

North Carolina Wesleyan, an NCAA Division III program, took a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the contest on Cucinotta's first goal. However, Scarpa tied the match a short time later off an assist from Fletcher, and Brunclik added a pair of unassisted goals to move the Lady Bulldogs in front, 3-1, roughly five minutes into the match.

Scarpa struck for her second goal at the 23:47 mark, and Ashenfelter followed with the first goal of her collegiate career off a free position shot three minutes later to give BC a 5-1 lead. Fletcher assisted three of the next four goals as the Lady Bulldogs pulled away to a comfortable 9-1 cushion with 17:54 left before intermission.

Two other freshmen got into the scoring column for the first time as a Lady Bulldog during the evening, Brooke Lonergan and Natalie Brooks.

Lonergan also contributed four draw controls and four groundballs. Sophomore Rebecca Fraser led Barton with seven groundballs. Ashenfelter joined Lonergan in earning four draw controls.

Barton enjoyed a 36-5 edge in total shots. Sydney Smith recorded 10 saves for North Carolina Wesleyan, and freshman Katherine Mattena collected three saves for BC along with her first collegiate win in goal.

The Lady Bulldogs will play at Mars Hill University on February 23, the first of five straight road matches over the next month.