SPARKS, Md. — After playing with goalkeeper Kady Glynn as teammates for the first two weeks of the 2023 Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse season, attacker Sam Apuzzo had to face Glynn as an opponent for the first time this season in the opening game of Thursday’s doubleheader at USA Lacrosse Headquarters.
The knowledge Apuzzo gained from watching Glynn stop the opposition in the first six games was very helpful as her four goals and one assist piloted Team Apuzzo to a convincing 13-6 victory.
Apuzzo, who earned Game MVP honors for the fifth time in seven games this season, collected MVP 1 recognition and 186 leaderboard points after securing her fifth consecutive victory. The former Boston College attacker netted three of her four goals in the opening 20 minutes as Team Apuzzo surged to a six-point lead at the intermission.
Attacker Cortney Fortunato added three goals of her own to claim MVP 2 honors, ending the night with 165 leaderboard points. Defender Lizzie Colson completed the MVP trio after notching six ground balls with three draw controls and a caused turnover en route to 146 points.
Three others – attacker Sam Geiersbach and midfielders Ally Mastroianni and Dempsey Arsenault – each added two goals for Team Apuzzo, while goalkeeper Caylee Waters stopped eight shots in the victory.
Team Glynn was led by a pair of two-goal performances from attackers Kylie Ohlmiller and Livy Rosenzweig while Glynn made 10 saves in the loss.
After falling behind by a 3-2 margin on back-to-back goals from Ohlmiller, Team Apuzzo rattled off seven consecutive goals to take a 9-3 lead with 2:09 remaining in the third quarter. Apuzzo and Fortunato each scored twice during the outburst.
Apuzzo’s 186 leaderboard points allowed her to take over the top spot in the league standings with 1,077 points, a 30-point advantage over goalkeeper Taylor Moreno. Arsenault, meanwhile, vaulted into the No. 4 spot with 770 points, while Colson follows in fifth place with 735 points.
Team Glynn and Team Apuzzo combined to dish out 10 assists in Thursday’s Week Three opener, upping the league’s season total to 86 through 13 games … Aspiration is committed to planting 10 trees for every assist this season as part of its ‘Aspiration Assists’ initiative.
Team Glynn challenged a yellow card issued to Fortunato on a shot that hit a defender with 25.5 seconds remaining in the first quarter, which was unsuccessful.
The Blue jersey has yet to win a game this season in seven attempts.
Team Apuzzo outshot Team Glynn by a 34-22 margin, including a commanding 11-2 edge in the second quarter … In addition, Team Apuzzo held a 12-11 advantage in draw controls.
Apuzzo earned the 21st Game MVP award of her Athletes Unlimited career, which are the most by any player in the league’s three-year history.
Colson’s six ground balls matched the Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse single-game record, which has been accomplished on five other occasions.
Apuzzo authored the 15th hat trick of her Athletes Unlimited career in addition to the 26th multi-goal effort in three seasons, which are both league records … Apuzzo also scored four goals for the fourth time in her career, breaking a tie with Ohlmiller and attacker Kenzie Kent for the most in Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse history.
Ohlmiller tallied her 10th career Athletes Unlimited multi-goal performance in the loss.
With her three-goal performance on Thursday, Fortunato moved into fourth place in league history with 15 career multi-goal games, including her fifth career hat trick.
Arsenault now owns 12th career multi-goal games, while Geiersbach added her 11th career multi-goal showing.
Rosenzweig fashioned a multi-goal game for the first time in her brief Athletes Unlimited career after scoring twice on Thursday night.
- #1 – Sam Apuzzo (Team Apuzzo, +45)
- #2 – Cortney Fortunato (Team Apuzzo, +30)
- #3 – Lizzie Colson (Team Apuzzo, +15)
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