ROME -- Lindsey Knapp scored four goals, Kimmie Leuthold and Michelle Scannell added three goals apiece and third-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan advanced to Friday's semifinal round at the 2nd Annual National Women's Lacrosse League Tournament with an 18-13 win over sixth-seeded Reinhardt in Thursday's first quarterfinal.
Tennessee Wesleyan, now 10-6 on the year, will play No. 2 SCAD-Savannah at 2 pm tomorrow afternoon. Reinhardt falls to 7-8 and will conclude its stay at the NWLL Tournament in the consolation bracket.
The Bulldogs used a pair of second half runs to pull away from a pesky Reinhardt squad that got six goals and four assists from Emily Collins and four goals and four assists from Ashley Gongas to stay on Tennessee Wesleyan's heels for much of the game.
Up 8-7 at the half, Tennessee Wesleyan got goals from Tess Sasse, Kelsey Crow and Rebecca Dow over the first 8:33 of the second half to take an 11-7 lead. Reinhardt then turned to Collins, who netted three goals during the Eagles' ensuing 6-3 run. Collins' final goal of the spurt came with 9:38 remaining in the game and brought Reinhardt to within one at 14-13.
Reinhardt was never able to pull even, however, and went scoreless over the final nine minutes. Tennessee Wesleyan used the opportunity to embark on a 4-0 run and close out the Eagles. Knapp sandwiched a pair of goals in between strikes from Leuthold and Chelsea Walsh as Tennessee Wesleyan sealed the victory.
The Bulldogs unleashed a balanced attack in their quarterfinal victory. Sasse and Crow scored twice for Tennessee Wesleyan, which had nine players score at least one goal. Emily Clevenger and Sasse each had two assists.
Tennessee Wesleyan's win did not overshadow a pair of brilliant performances from Collins and Gongas. The duo combined to account for all seven of Reinhardt's first half goals. Collins' unassisted goal at the 10:07 mark of the first half was the only occasion in which either Collins or Gongas did not assist on the other's goal.
Both goalies played exceptional between the pipes for their respective teams. Jaybriel Guyton made 15 saves for Reinhardt while Nicolette Dungee made 13 stops for the win.
Tennessee Wesleyan held a 40-32 edge in shots and won the groundball battle 34-22. The Bulldogs also converted on 5 of 13 free position attempts.