Women's Lacrosse: Mount Union Wins Fifth Straight OAC Tournament Title; Raiders Head to NCAA Tourney

Mount Union Purple Raiders -- 2018 OAC Women's Lacrosse Champions
Mount Union Purple Raiders -- 2018 OAC Women's Lacrosse Champions

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mount Union's women's lacrosse team won its fifth straight Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament title with an 11-8 win over Capital Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.

The Purple Raiders, now 17-0 overall, claim the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship. The bracket will be announced Sunday, May 6 at 10 p.m. at NCAA.com.

Mount Union got a game-high four goals from Ashley Bernardi (Medina) – three of them free position goals in the first half that helped the Raiders build up a 5-0 lead along with a strong game in goal from Mimi Curtis (Lititz, Pa. / Manheim Township) who had 16 saves.

Marjie McNamara (Champlin, Minn. / Champlin Park) staked Mount Union to a 1-0 lead with a score 3:06 into the contest. Katie Elder (Champlin, Minn. / Champlin Park) then made it 2-0 for the Raiders scoring off a nifty pass from Kenzie Pensyl (Kent / Roosevelt). Bernardi then scored three-straight free position goals goals, the second of those a man-up goal, to extend the lead to 5-0 with 13:57 left in the first half.

Capital got on the board with a man-up goal from Kathryn Walton to make it 5-1 with 10:10 left in the period and then a score from Makenna Ozenghar at the 2:25 mark made it 5-2 Mount Union at halftime.

Bernardi notched her fourth of the game just 13 seconds into the second half to extend the Raider lead to 6-2. Kailee King responded for Capital four minutes later to make it 6-3.

Both teams traded goals as Danielle Rohrman (Olney, Md. / Sherwood) scored a man-down goal for the Raiders then Capital came back with a man-up goal from Taylor Thomas and it was 7-4 with just over 20 minutes left.

The Crusaders then scored three more goals in a row -- one from King, then she assisted on one from Walton, then King scored again to tie it up at 7-7 with 16:24 remaining.

Elder then put Mount Union back out in front a minute later on an assist from Rohrman to put the Raiders back up 8-7. Walton tied it up at 8-8 for Capital with a goal at 14:39 but again Mount Union answered quickly on a Sydney Bumbarger (Newbury Park, Calif.) score that gave the Raiders a 9-8 lead. Mount Union got a little breathing room when McNamara scored to make it 10-8 with 8:35 left and Rohrman put in her second of the game for the 11-8 final.