SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist took their chance to rewrite the history books as they romped past short-handed Midland, 28-2, on Saturday afternoon at the OBU Lacrosse Complex. After a slow start in the first half, and a lengthy weather delay during halftime, the Lady Bison offense got rolling in the second half.
Lauren McCormack became the program’s first career 100-point scorer when she tallied her sixth goal of the game with 10:06 remaining in the first half off a feed from Nina Handley. The junior attacker out of Allen, Texas, also claimed the single-game goal scoring record (10), tied the single-game point record (12), and broke her own single-game draw control record (18).
“I’m really proud of Lauren today,” said OBU head coach Jordan Beech. “It was a little bit of a slow start for everyone against an aggressive Midland team, but once she finally got that sixth point it really loosened everyone up and we rolled from there.”
Paced by McCormack’s banner outing, the Lady Bison broke the single-game scoring record previously set on March 7, 2015, when OBU dropped Cornell College, 26-1. The 26-goal margin of victory also stands as a program record, while OBU’s 36 points (28g, 8a) fell one point shy of tying the single-game team mark set last year in a win over Johnson & Wales.
While McCormack did the heavy lifting with 10 goals, Taylor Skomp (5), Shay Morgan (3) and Kiersten Steinbrugge (3) also recorded hat tricks. Madison Gordon and Laurel Rosenthal each found the back of the net twice, and Handley, Emery Kennedy, and Morgan Friend each tallied one goal. Kennedy’s goal with 4:05 on the board broke the team single-game goal record.
“It was a group effort today,” Beech said. “As much as the offense is the story today, the defense did a fantastic job winning fifty-fifty balls and limiting Midland’s offense.”
The Lady Bison defense limited the Warriors to just eight shots. Lauren Scott, earning her second career start, finished with two saves against two goals allowed while picking up her first career win on Bison Hill. As a team, OBU scooped up 44 ground balls, led by McCormack and Handley with eight apiece.
Oklahoma Baptist (4-5, 1-4 RMAC) are assured a winning record against nonconference competition this year as a result of Saturday’s win. The Lady Bison return to conference play on Friday, April 12 when they welcome No. 10-ranked Regis to the Lacrosse Complex for a 4 p.m. contest.