by Benny Benton
MARS HILL, N.C. – The Barton College women's lacrosse team added more items to its list of program "firsts" on Friday with a 12-8 victory at Mars Hill University.
The win for the second-year program was Barton's first ever on the road, its first earned on the field against an NCAA Division II opponent (BC received a forfeit win last season), and its second victory in a row, creating its first winning streak.
Freshman goalkeeper Katherine Mattena posted a season-high 12 saves, and joined with Barton's defenders to allow Mars Hill (1-1) just three goals outside of those scored on free position shots. BC also defended the free position shot well, giving up just three on 12 attempts.
Mars Hill, a first-year program playing in its second game, got on scoreboard first with a goal five and a half minutes into the contest.
The two sides went scoreless over the next 11 minutes before Barton tied the match at 1-all on a goal by Brunclik off an assist from Scarpa with 13 minutes left in the first half.
The Lady Bulldogs took the lead for good on a goal by Ashenfelter with 8:32 remaining in the half, and the Stewartstown, Pa., resident added another goal a minute and a half later off an assist from Scarpa.
Brunclik, a Chesapeake Beach, Md., resident, recorded a free position goal roughly 30 seconds later to give Barton some more breathing room at 4-1. With 3:38 left before the break, Scarpa got into the scoring column, increasing BC's advantage to 5-1.
The Lions tallied the last goal of the period to cut the halftime deficit to 5-2, but the Scarpa-to-Brunclik connection worked for two more goals in the first four minutes of the second period, and a goal by Ashenfelter off an assist from Lauren Fletcher at the 25-minute mark extended BC's lead to 8-2.
The Lady Bulldogs eventually built their advantage to seven on two occasions, the last one at 11-4, before Mars Hill began to close the gap. BC held a 12-6 cushion with 10 minutes to play following Brunclik's final goal of the afternoon, but the Lions scored twice in the final four minutes to cut the final deficit down to four at 12-8.
Through three matches, Brunclik has 14 goals and Scarpa, a resident of Hicksville, N.Y., has nine assists, which is already a single-season record for the program.
Barton will attempt to extend its winning streak to three on Saturday when it visits Erskine College for a 3 p.m. Conference Carolinas match.