Women's Lacrosse Secures First Shutout in School History

Mar 23, 2016

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Behind freshmen goalkeepers Kaley Weir and Ambryn Dittmer and Kelly Wetherald's five goals, the University of Dubuque women's lacrosse team locked down Concordia-Chicago, 17-0, for their best five-game start (4-1) and first shutout in school history on a rainy Wednesday night.

The Spartans (4-1) won their fourth straight game with a dominant performance that included a combined four saves from goalkeeper Weir, who started the game and played a shade over 19 minutes, and her backup Dittmer (1-0). Dittmer registered 41 minutes in goal and earned the first win of her career in record-setting fashion.

Wetherald led the charge offensively, scoring five goals for the third-straight game, and was one of six Spartans with at least two goals. The senior has been on point after putting 20 of her 23 shots on goal (87.0%) during her three-game tear.

UD outshot the Cougars (0-9), 40-7, and got two goals each from Bridget Schirmers, Breann Tjaarda, and Robyn Wittkopf, as the Spartans jumped out to a 7-0 lead less than 10 minutes in. Wetherald netted four of UD's second-half goals as the Spartans turned a 12-0 halftime edge into their third-largest margin of victory in their four-year team history.

Schirmers finished with a game-high two assists and three caused turnovers while Tjaarda scooped up a game-high five ground balls.

The Spartans have outscored their opponents, 65-23, in their four-game winning streak after losing their season-opener, 12-11.

UD will head to Cornell College next Wednesday, March 30 at 5:00 p.m. The Spartans defeated Cornell, 19-12, in the teams' first-ever meeting last season.