WHEELING -- Shepherd broke a tie game in the second half with a 5-1 run over a 10 minute span to claim the 2016 Mountain East Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament title, 17-10, over Wheeling Jesuit on Sunday afternoon.
MEC Tournament MVP Erin Phelan scored four goals to lead the Rams to victory. SU also got five points from three goals and two assists from Hunter Morris, and Haley Price, Brooke Hunley and Courtney Matthews each netted two goals apiece. Kelsey Phelan forced two turnovers in the game, while Savannah Shores was called upon to stop six shots and also had a caused turnover and three ground balls.
Paige Plesich had five points on three goals and two assists to lead WJU. Jessie Tufnell and Mary Burns each had two goals and an assist, while Olivia Krock netted two. Kori Hickman had two assists and five ground balls in the game, and Holly Deckert forced two turnovers and had three ground balls.
Shepherd finished a tight first half ahead of WJU, 6-5. The Cardinals scored the first two goals of the second half to take the lead, but it would be short-lived as Alex Green and Erin Phelan each scored unassisted goals to pull SU back ahead, 8-7. Burns tied it up with a goal at the 21:05 mark, but the Rams scored the next three goals to take its largest lead of the game, and a lead it would not relinquish again.
The Cardinals got to within three at 13-10 after a Krock goal, but the Rams put the game away with the final four goals of the game in the final four minutes of play to claim the 17-10 victory.
Following the title game, West Virginia Wesleyan freshman Madison Duvall was named to the All-MEC Tournament Team.
She scored two goals and had one assist in their semi-final contest with Wheeling Jesuit on Friday.
Duvall was recently named the MEC Freshman of the Year.
All-MEC Tournament Team
Annie Hanson, UVa-Wise
Madison Duvall, West Virginia Wesleyan
Mary Burns, Wheeling Jesuit
Paige Plesich, Wheeling Jesuit
Jessie Tufnell, Wheeling Jesuit
Kelsey Phelan, Shepherd
Savannah Shores, Shepherd
Haley Price, Shepherd
MVP-Erin Phelan, Shepherd