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AACC Pioneers Score Big Wins in LAX

The men and women's lacrosse teams scored wins across the region over the past week.

The following article was submitted to the Broadneck Patch by Duane Herr, Physical Education and Athletic Assistant at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC).

Men's Lacrosse

Anne Arundel Community College’s men’s lacrosse team is currently 4-3 and ranked 10th in the nation after winning three of their last five games.

The three victories were over Northern Virginia CC (18-3 final), Brookdale CC (17-10 final) and Delaware Technical and CC Terry (18-10 final). The two losses were close contests to a strong Naval Academy Prep team (6-9 final) and Stevenson University’s JV team (10-11 final).

In the 18-10 victory over Del Tech the Pioneers were led offensively by Sean Johnston, Alex Hutchison and Carson Bekken. Johnston finished with six goals and one assist. Hutchison and Bekken each scored three goals with two assists. Steven Anderson and Eric Crosby also added two goals each.

Kevin Pastrana finished with eight saves through 60 minutes. Pastrana is fifth in the conference in saves and save percentage, fourth in goals against average and second in goals against.

The Pioneers next game is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 against No. 2 CCBC Essex at 7pm on AACC’s Arnold campus. It will be the Pioneers' first conference game of the season. 

Women's Lacrosse

Anne Arundel Community College’s women’s lacrosse team sits atop the MD JUCO leaderboard and is ranked third in the nation with a handful of games left to play in the regular season. The Pioneers currently hold a 6-2 overall record and 4-0 conference mark with leaders in goals scored, assists and save percentage.

In their previous two games AACC defeated CCBC Essex 22-8 and Harford CC 16-5 to build a two-game win streak after losing to the first and second ranked squads in Monroe CC and Onondaga CC.

Kayla Hertz and Shannon O’Neal were the leading scorers for the Pioneers in their victory over Harford. Hertz finished with five goals and three assists while O’Neal added four goals with three assists of her own. Meghenn Jackson and Sara Boothe also tallied three goals each. Jackson accounted for two assists. Ashlynn Parks also scored and added an assist for AACC.

Goalkeeper Brittani Biddinger saved 14 shots in the game and currently leads the conference with a 52 percent save percentage.

Jackson and O’Neal are one and two in the conference for scoring with 31 and 23 goals respectively. Jackson also leads in assists, 18, and total points, 49, through eight games.

The Pioneers play their next contest on Wednesday, April 10 at CCBC Catonsville. That game is scheduled for 5 p.m. AACC topped Catonsville 18-1 on March 18.

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