LEAVENWORTH — The No. 2-ranked and top-seeded Raven Women’s Lacrosse team ran their KCAC winning streak to 16 games on Thursday as they earned a 22-5 win over Missouri Valley College in the semifinals fo the 2019 KCAC Lacrosse Championship at Charles J. Berkel Memorial Stadium on the University of St. Mary campus.
Benedictine (14-0) led 12-3 at the half en route to their fourth-straight KCAC Championship Game appearance.
Missouri Valley (7-8) scored first inside the first three minutes of the game before the Ravens turned on their offensive output. Five Ravens scored six straight to push the Ravens up by five.
Natalie Wechter, the 2019 KCAC Offensive Player of the Year, got the scoring started for the Ravens before Aiden McEnerney gave Benedictine its first lead of the game.
It was an Aiden McEnerney goal off an assist from Wechter with just over 27 minutes left in the game that kicked in the running clock for the Ravens as they moved on to the championship game with a 17-point win.
Mary McEnerney and Wechter led the Ravens in scoring with four goals each. Aiden McEnerney, Anne Marie Manella and Kacey Moore scored three goals each. Molly Muehlebach and Clare Ryan added two while Megan Rossmann capped off the Ravens offensive efforts with the final goal of the game. Mary McEnerney also led the Ravens with five assists – a new single-game high for the 2019 season — while Wechter, Aiden McEnerney and Moore finished with two assists. Emiily Ruhland added an assist to give the Ravens a total of 12 for the game.
Taryn St. Louis earned the win in goal. She played the first half, giving up three goals before Teressa Petruccelli finished off the game with two goals allowed and four saves.
Defensively, the Ravens held the Vikings to just 13 shots – four on goal — while forcing them into 26 turnovers. Aiden McEnerney led the defensive effort with four caused turnovers while Riley Etter added three as the team finished with 14.
The Ravens will face off with Ottawa University in the Championship Game on Saturday at 1 p.m. Ottawa advanced past second-seeded St. Ambrose in the other semifinal 10-5. The Ravens and the Braves have matched up in all four of the KCAC Championship Games with Benedictine holding a 2-1 advantage headed into play on Saturday. Benedictine earned a 23-4 win over Ottawa on the road back on March 30.