Kaleigh Murray scored eight goals on Wednesday afternoon to help the Genesee Community College women's lacrosse team to an 11-8 season-opening win against Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) opponent Niagara County Community College.
Murray put Genesee in front 1-0 with a goal just three-minutes into the first half, but Niagara tied the game at one just five-minutes later.
Jennifer Manley gave GCC a 2-1 lead with her first goal of the season at the nine-minute mark of the first, but the Thunderwolves again responded with a goal less than two-minutes later to tie the game at two.
Ahead 4-3 late in the opening half, GCC's Rachel Ball set up Murray for her third goal of the game at the 25-minute mark and the Cougars went into halftime with a 5-3 lead.
Niagara got to within one early in the second half before Ashley Makowski scored to extend the Genesee lead back to two. Murray gave GCC a three-goal lead a minute and a half later and then scored the next four goals for the Cougars to hold off Niagara, which never got closer than two the rest of the way.
The win is the second victory in the program's history and the first career win for interim head coach Katie McCabe.
Hannah Dominesey collected seven ground balls and forced four turnovers for Genesee. Mariah Niemec had six ground balls and caused five turnovers.
The Genesee goalkeepers combined to make 11 saves in net.
Genesee (1-0, 1-0) will return to action at home on Saturday against Erie Community College. Face-off is scheduled for 1pm.