BUCKHANNON – After playing a brutal non-conference schedule to start the season, the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats opened play today in the Mountain East Conference as they hosted the Notre Dame Falcons at Cebe Ross Field.
The Lady 'Cats found MEC action to their liking as they opened up conference play with an impressive 22-10 victory.
"I think it was important to come out with a win in this game," remarked head coach Hannah Lively. "The win was certainly a confidence boost for our team as we move forward."
Eight players managed to get into the scoring act as the 22 goals was the best offensive output of the season for Lively's squad.
"I was really excited to see our team share the opportunity to score," Lively said. "We had so many players looking for the assist as well as the goal. It shows that they want to work together."
Notre Dame scored the next two goals, but Wesleyan responded with three in a row with Duvall, Schaffner and Katie Kennedy each scoring. That treated Wesleyan to a 6-2 lead.
Notre Dame tallied three of the next four goals with Maria Seager scoring the lone Lady Bobcat goal during that period.
Up by a 7-5 score, Wesleyan ran off the next four goals of the half.
Duvall, Quevedo, Kennedy and Pappas each had a goal as Wesleyan took an 11-5 lead into the intermission.
Schaffner scored the first two goals of the second half to increase the lead to 13-5.
Notre Dame scored two of the next three with Kim Lubic scoring the goal for Wesleyan as they led by a 14-7 margin.
Lubic took over the game during a three-minute span as she tallied three consecutive goals.
That upped the Wesleyan lead to 17-7.
Quevedo, Schaffner and Duvall capped off a Wesleyan 6-0 run to increase their lead to 20-7.
The Falcons scored two in a row before Kennedy found the back of the net to make it a 21-9 score.
Following a Notre Dame goal, Wesleyan's Haley McGuffin wrapped up the scoring with 43 seconds left.
The game was also tabbed as "Senior Day" for the lacrosse team.
During halftime of the game, Lively and the team recognized the two seniors on the squad – Quevedo and Morgan Kelley (pictured).
Notre Dame dropped to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the MEC.
Wesleyan improved to 2-7 overall and 1-0 in the MEC.
The Lady 'Cats won't have much time to enjoy the win as they travel to Wheeling Jesuit on Sunday for a league game that will start at noon.
"We will be watching more film on Wheeling Jesuit tomorrow," concluded Lively. "We have to find a way for the team to match the same intensity that they had today."