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Juliet Munroe scored three goals with an assist on Sunday afternoon against the Titans.
Juliet Munroe scored three goals with an assist on Sunday afternoon against the Titans.
LAX | Gaels Earn First Win, Edge Detroit Mercy 11-10
Release: Wednesday 03/04/2012 
by SMC Athletics
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Saint Mary's lacrosse team notched its first win of the season with an 11-10 victory over Detroit Mercy on a warm, 85 degree afternoon on the San Diego State campus. The Gaels were led by Julie Munroe and Jaclyn Biggers with three goals apiece.

With the win, Saint Mary's improves to 1-3, while Detroit drops to 0-2.

"Katie Worsdale played a huge role in goal in our win this afternoon," said head coach Lauren Uhr.  "Our defense stepped up, while our team-attack worked more as a unit.  We are looking for this big win to bring momentum for our trip to Denver later this week."

Rachel Minarovich scored with 57 seconds left which looked like it should ice the game as it put the Gaels up 11-8 with 57 seconds remaining. The Titans made it a game quickly, scoring with 48 seconds left, and then just 10 seconds later to come within 11-10. The Gaels were able to hold off the Titans for the final 38 seconds in the win.

In the first half, the Gaels got out to an early 4-1 lead on goals by Munroe, Allie DeBruhl and Biggers. The Titans would score three of the final four goals in the first half to trail 5-4 at the break.

In the second half, Detroit scored first to tie the game. The Titans would also later tie the game at 7-7 with 15:21 remaining. The Gaels got two big goals from Munroe and Mariah Walk to go up 9-7 with 12:32 remaining. After Detroit cut the deficit down to 9-8, Amanda Cross scored her 10th goal of the year to give SMC the 10-8 lead with 3:57 left. This set up Minarovich's goal with 57 seconds left before Detroit made the furious rally but came up one goal short.

In addition to Munroe and Biggers totaling six goals, Walk added two scores while Cross, DeBruhl and Minarovich scored. Krista Morgan had two assists while Jillian Chong and Munroe also had assists.

Each team took 30 total shots and SMC's Kathleen Worsdale had 12 saves. Detroit led in groundballs 18-12 and held a 22-21 edge in shots on goal.

Saint Mary's is back in action on Friday, March 9 when it travels to Denver to face the Pioneers in Colorado.