Poor weather conditions and an empty bench weren’t going to stop the Allegheny College lacrosse team from playing one of its finest games all season on Wednesday.
Gators points leader Kiah Voyer-Colbath and teammate Kelly Dickson each scored five times, and the Gators improved upon their free-position scoring percentage with a 16-5 non-conference victory over St. Vincent at Frank B. Fuhrer Field.
“It was a good effort,” Allegheny head coach Stephanie Janice said. “I’ve really been looking for a solid 60 minutes and I think this is one of our best outings yet. ... We just have really been looking to string together an effort that’s concise and solid and I think it was our day (Wednesday).”
Allegheny (7-3) won without being able to make any substitutions due to the recent injury to Monique Villanueva (concussion). The Gators have also been playing all season without senior Rebecca Crissman, who tore an ACL in the first game of the season.
Dickson, for one, didn’t notice the lack of Blue and Gold players on the bench.
“We have a lot of energy out there,” Dickson said. “It’s really nice. There isn’t really a time limit or anything, so you can keep it down on the offensive end. We’re not really too tired at all.”
A big improvement on the Gators’ end was their free-position shooting. Allegheny entered the contest 22-for-58 (38 percent) on free-position shots, which are basically lacrosse’s form of a penalty shot.
On Wednesday, the Gators went 4-for-4, including 3-for-3 in the first half. Two of those first-half free-position goals came from Dickson, who said she took inspiration from Penguins star hockey player Sidney Crosby.
“Whenever he’s kind of bad at something, he just works at it, works at it,” Dickson said. “The past few days, I’ve just been working on my free positions all the time.”
Allegheny never trailed. The Bearcats never came closer than 1-1, as the Gators scored 11 of the next 12 goals to leap ahead 12-2 with 12:49 left in the game. St. Vincent scored twice to make it 12-4, but Allegheny finished the match on a 4-1 run.
Voyer-Colbath was limited to just one goal on one shot during the first half. She came back in the second 30 minutes to score four times on six shots to up her team-high goal total on the season to 43.
Voyer-Colbath added two assists and now has a squad-best 55 points in 2012. She was excited about how her team got into a groove and didn’t let up.
“I think it was just the fact that we connected on every area of the field, which to me is just what makes a great lacrosse game,” Voyer-Colbath said, “when defense, midfield and attack all work together to reach the same goal. We just talked and everyone had the same goal in mind. It showed on the scoreboard.”
Four players scored for Allegheny. In addition to Voyer-Colbath and Dickson’s five apiece, Brennan Maine had four scores and an assist, while Kelsey Rodgers added two goals and two assists.
Nora Posival notched a team-best four points for St. Vincent. She contributed the first two assists to Megan Fisher and tallied the Bearcats’ third and fourth goals.
With a 1-1 North Coast Athletic Conference record, the Gators now enter the meat of their league schedule. Four of their remaining five games are against NCAC foes, starting at Oberlin on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Oberlin carries an 8-2 record into today’s game against the College of Mount St. Joseph, though the Oberlin women have lost two consecutive games.
Janice and her crew hope to build off Wednesday’s win and continue to get better.
“It’s exciting to see that we’re improving. We’re on the way up,” Janice said. “We’re getting into conference play and at this point we’re right where we want to be.”
Dan Walk can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.