In a battle of preseason NAIA Top 10 programs, the No. 8-ranked Raven Women’s Lacrosse team used 12 first-half goals to jump in front of No. 3 University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) on Saturday afternoon at the BC Athletic Complex and then held on late en route to a 16-12 win.

Benedictine (2-0) held a 12-4 lead over Cumberlands (3-1) at the half and then was able to battle through a number of late short-handed goals by the Patriots to earn the upset.

The quick-strike scoring for the Ravens set the tone early for Benedictine on the offensive end. Kacey Moore scored the first two goals of the game inside the first three minutes of play. Clare Ryan and Molly Muehlebach added two more goals and it was 4-0 Benedictine inside the first five minutes of the game.

After giving up their first goal to the Patriots, the Ravens scored five more unanswered before Cumberlands was able to get their offensive going. Clare Ryan scored the Ravens 12th goal of the game to push the Ravens in front and kick in the running clock for the first time with 8:24 left in the first half as Benedictined led 12-2.

After leading 12-4 at the half, Natalie Wechter and More scored the first two goals of the second half to kick in the running clock for the second time. From that point, the Patriots outscored the Ravens 8-4 but couldn’t never close within more than four as Benedictine held off the late push for the win.

Wechter led the Ravens with four goals while Moore added three. Mary McEnerney, Muehlebach, Aidan McEnerney and Ryan scored two goals each while Anne Marie Mannella added a goal. Emily Ruhland and Ryan led the Ravens with two assists each, Mary McEnerney, Wechter, Aidan McEnerney and Moore added one assist each.

Tayrn St. Louis earned the win in goal for the Ravens. She finished with seven saves over the game to earn the win.

Benedictine is off until the hit the road for the first time this season on March 1 when they take on No. 2 Indiana Institute of Technology in a neutral-site game hosted by Lindenwood University-Belleville in Belleville, Illinois.

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