The Raven Women's Lacrosse team opened their second season of intercollegiate play on Saturday with a convincing win over Truett-McConnell University.
Benedictine (1-0) used a 13-goal first half to earn a 20-2 win over Truett-McConnell (0-2).
Lizzie Darrow netted the Ravens first goal of the season with 22:31 left to play in the first half and then would score Benedictine's 11 goal of the game – which kicked in the running clock with 2:13 left in the first half.
In all, the Ravens had six players in the scoring column. Darrow led the way with five goals and two assists. Caitlyn Chickey also added a five-goal game with one assist while Kacey Moore and Mary McEnerney scored three goals each. Antonia Nelson and Emily Ruhland scored a goal each to round out the Ravens top scorers.
McEnerney and Moore each finished with two assists each while Clare Hanson added an assist to give the Ravens nine on the day.
In her first collegiate start in goal, keeper Taryn St. Louis earned the win as she played all 60 minutes. She gave up two goals while recording three saves as the Raven defense limited Truett-McConnell to a total of eight shots over 60 minutes of play.
The Ravens held a 40-8 advantage in ground balls anchored by nine each from Darrow and McEnerney. Defensively, the Ravens forced the Bears into 24 turnovers while tallying nine caused turnovers. Claudia O'Connell led the defense with three caused turnovers.
Benedictine hits to the road on Wednesday to open up conference play as they travel to Ottawa University for a 7 p.m. game. The Ravens won both meetings last season over the Braves as they earned a 6-5 win in Atchison during the regular season and then picked up a 12-8 win over the Braves to secure the KCAC Postseason Tournament Championship.