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Dowd's 4G, 1A Leads Fight to First Ever Victory over Brave

By Jon Bird, 06/15/19, 10:00AM EDT

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2-0 Start to the Season Has the Fight Doubling Their Wins from 2018 Season

(MIDLOTHIAN, VIRGINIA) -- The rivalry lives on! With yesterday’s 15-12 victory the Fight has defeated the Brave for the first time after two other close battles during the 2018 season. Attacker Katrina Dowd led the Fight with 4 goals/1 assist and was named Player of the Game. Fight midfielder Taylor Cummings filled out the stat sheet with 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 ground balls, 5 draw controls, and 3 caused turnovers. In the loss Brave keeper Kelsea Donnelly came up big in cage, stopping a game high 9 shots. See the full game here.

In front of a packed crowd at IWLCA's Champions Cup , fans from across the world were in for a treat. As Champions Cup games went on, youth players were able to catch some incredible lacrosse. 2019 Princeton graduate Elizabeth George opened up the first quarter with a quick goal, the first of her professional career. 2018 WPLL MVP Marie McCool countered, scoring of a nifty feed from #2 overall pick of the 2019 WPLL Draft Dempsey Arsenault. Arsenault wasted no time getting in the scorers column herself, scoring her first goal of her professional career at the 4:36 mark and giving the Brave a 2-1 lead. The Brave charged on and made the game 3-1 at the 6:01 mark when midfielder Amanda Johansen set up attacker Brooke Griffin for a rocket of a goal. But then Katrina Dowd took charge, kicking off one of the most impressive offensive performances in league history. Dowd buried an unassisted goal at 8:06, then tied the game up off a feed from Zoe Stukenberg. The Fight ended the first up 4-3 after a clearing Caroline Fitzgerald found a cutting Taylor Cummings who finished an impressive shot.

The back-and-forth battle continued in the second, with Virginia native and JMU graduate Kristen Gaudian scoring an unassisted goal in her home state. Brave attacker Dana Dobbie followed up with the assist going to McCool. USC fans rejoiced moments later when former Trojans coach Alyssa Leonard scored, with the assist going to former USC star Johansen. Up 6-4 with 10 minutes remaining in the half, the Brave would never lead again as the Fight started a goal scoring marathon. The Fight finished the second quarter on a three goal run, with Dowd contributing on each tally (an unassisted goal at the 9:45 mark, an assist on a Lindsey Ronbeck goal at 13:27, and a buzzer beater assisted by Kayla Treanor). This offensive flurry put the FIght up 7-6, and they never looked back.

#1 Overall Pick of the 2019 College Draft Sam Apuzzo started second half scoring converting on a free possession shot, putting the Fight up 8-6. Then came a back-and-forth of unassisted goals, with McCool (Brave) Treanor (Fight) and Johansen (Brave) each finding the back of the net, making the score 9-8 Fight. Brave attackers Alyssa Leonard and Brooke Griffin connected on a goal at the 10:30 mark, proving why they were both WPLL All-Stars in 2018. Not to be outdone, Kayla Treanor and Sam Apuzzo connected for a goal at the 11:57 mark. This was the first goal that the BC player-coach duo put together, likely the first of many this summer.

Starting off the fourth quarter up 10-9, the Fight started to pull away from the Brave early behind goals from 2019 grads Apuzzo and Ronbeck before the 5-minute mark. Now up 12-9, the pressure was on for the Brave to stage a comeback. Brave attacker Dana Dobbie took to the challenge, scoring an unassisted goal at the 6 minute mark (12-10 Fight). Newcomer Dempsey Arsenault continued to prove her stock at the #2 overall pick of the 2019 draft, scoring an unassisted goal at the 9:05 mark (12-1 Fight). In addition to scoring two goals and dishing out an assist Arsenault also won a game high 6 draw controls. The Brave comeback was cut short due to impressive Fight defense. Led by gutsy individual plays from Alice Mercer, Lindsey Ehrhardt, and Fitzgerald, the Brave were held scoreless for the next four minutes while the Fight scored three game-clinching goals (Kylie Ohlmiller, Treanor, Ohlmiller). Now up 15-11 with 1 minute to go, the Fight had sealed the victory. Gaudian finished the day's scoring, tallying the last goal of the game with seconds remaining, making the final score 15-12 Fight. The victory is the first win the Fight has earned over the Brave, and the loss is the Brave’s first loss in regular season history.

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