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BU lacrosse team claims 3rd place

Jan. 23, 2001

By JOHN ALLEN

Contributor

The Baylor women's lacrosse team claimed third place in the Second Annual Ladies Lax Out tournament this weekend.

Texas A&M University took the championship for the second straight year, defeating the University of Texas by a score of 10-6 in the final. Baylor knocked off the University of Rice in overtime in the third-place game, 6-5.

'This tournament should set a good foundation for the rest of the season,' center Lori Mainwaring said.

Following a loss to Texas in the early rounds, Baylor coach Lauren Shultz said the team needed to be more effective on offense in the consolation game by setting picks to create more shot opportunities.

Baylor answered her request by dominating the first half on the offensive end and building a 4-1 lead over Rice at the half.

The second half, however, saw the Baylor offense sputter, allowing the Owls to mount an offensive charge of their own. That charge resulted in Rice taking the lead, 5-4, late in the second half.

Shultz called a timeout, telling the team 'This is it, you've got to give it all you have left.' The Bears responded by scoring the tying goal with just more than a minute to play, then saw goalie Kali Rubenthaler save a point-blank shot at the end.

In overtime, Mainwaring scored the game-winning goal off a perfect pass from attack wing Kelly Warner.

'I was just looking for a good feed and a chance to shoot,' Mainwaring said.

Shultz said the tournament will help the Bears when they begin play in the Texas Women's Lacrosse League.

'This tournament lets us know where we're at and gives us a look at the teams in our league,' she said. 'It lets us know what to work on in practice, and when we play these teams we'll know what girls to look for and how to defend them better.'

The next match is Feb. 18