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GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Westminster College women’s lacrosse team won, 16-8, over Notre Dame University of Maryland in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon. Junior Margo Mason (Pittsburgh, PA / Chartiers Valley) tied a NCAA Division III Tournament record with a game-high 10 goals.
 
Mason had a hat trick within the first 15 minutes of the contest. Mason is only one of three players in NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament history to score 10 goals in a game and the first since 2012 (Buffalo St.’s Karen Shaddock); Courtney Crangi from Goucher in 1996 is the third player.
 
Mason also gathered in a school-record 16 ground balls, 10 more than any other player in the game. Mason’s ground ball total is the second most in a single Division III game this year and tied for seventh in Division III history.
 
Notre Dame (11-6) struck first when Kirstin McGee scored unassisted with less than two minutes into the game. Westminster (15-2) tied the game when Mason registered her first goal at the 27:42 mark. Junior Michaela Hays (Blairsville, PA / Blairsville) found first-year Magen Polczynski (Irwin, PA / Norwin) to put Westminster up for the first time on the day, 2-1. The Gators scored two-straight to take their first lead of the contest, 3-2, with 17:21 on the clock. Westminster answered as Mason found the back of the net twice, the first goal assisted by senior Emily D’Amico (Moon Township, PA / Moon Area), to put the Titans back in front, 4-3, with 15 minutes left. Following a Gator goal, Westminster took its largest lead of the half (7-4), courtesy of a goal each by D’Amico, Hays, and Mason, with 6:47 remaining. Notre Dame would score two more times, while Mason added another goal, and Westminster led 8-6 at halftime.
 
Mason started the second half with two goals, which were both answered by Notre Dame, and the Titans led 10-8 with 21:28 remaining in the game. The Titans, however, finished the contest outscoring the Gators 6-0; both Mason and D’Amico each scored three goals during the run. D’Amico finished with seven points (four goals, three assists). Hays and Polczynski finished with two points apiece, each having a goal and an assist.
 
The Titan defense held Notre Dame’s Megan Morales, who was second in Division III averaging over six goals a game, to three goals on Saturday. Junior Bria Braddock (Beaver Falls, PA / Blackhawk) led the Westminster defense with seven caused turnovers, followed by Mason with six. Junior Brooke Lyczek (Cranberry Twp, PA / Seneca Valley) and sophomore Marisa Keller (Canonsburg, PA / Canon-McMillan) added four and three caused turnovers, respectively. Braddock added six ground balls and tied with Mason for a game-high seven draw controls. Titan first-year goal keeper Emma Bradley (South Fayette, PA / South Fayette) collected eight saves in the win.
 
The Titans will play No. 1-nationally ranked and back-to-back NCAA Champion Gettysburg College on Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m.
 

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