Jordan Beech, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist halted their losing skid emphatically, taking down Adams State, 19-6, at the OBU Lacrosse Complex on Saturday afternoon in conference action. It is OBU’s first conference win since April 1, 2017.
Eight different Lady Bison found the back of the net on Saturday as the offense continued to find progress from earlier in the week. Oklahoma Baptist assisted on 10 of their 19 goals.
Like on Thursday at Westminster, Brooke Harden opened the scoring for OBU at the 27:41 mark in the first half which sparked a four-goal barrage for OBU. Taylor Skomp, Shay Morgan, from an assist by Lauren McCormack, and McCormack all scored before Adams State scored their opening goal.
After ASU’s first goal, Devin Miller scored once, and Skomp completed a hat trick before 10 minutes were gone in the game. The Grizzlies scored again to make it 7-2, but OBU followed that up with a pair of quick goals by Morgan and Emery Kennedy. Oklahoma Baptist gave up one more goal in the half, but finished strong with scores from Miller, Nina Handley, and Kennedy; Handley’s was her first career goal for OBU.
Miller made sure OBU kept the energy high to start the second half, scoring after only 50 seconds had gone off the clock. The Lady Bison scored four more goals after Miller’s opening salvo to make it 17-3 and earn the Lady Bison’s first-ever running-clock lead in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. McCormack and Madison Gordon each scored one more time to put the finishing touches on the decisive win.
“This has been building all week,” said OBU head coach Jordan Beech. “We’ve removed some of the pressure from the team, and they’re starting to play looser as a result. It was a fantastic way to end spring break!”
McCormack finished with a game-high five points on three goals and two assists, while Gordon (2g, 2a), Harden (2g, 2a) and Skomp (4g) each had four points. Miller also finished with a hat trick.
Courtney Barnickle picked up her third win of the season in goal, collecting 11 saves against just six goals allowed.
Oklahoma Baptist (3-5, 1-4 RMAC) takes next week off before returning to action on Saturday, April 6 against Midland in nonconference action. First draw is set for 11 a.m. at the OBU Lacrosse Complex.