WALESKA -- No. 6 Reinhardt kept its historic season rolling Monday with a dominant 24-1 home win over Brenau.
The win was the eighth straight by the Lady Eagles (10-1, 6-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) and put them just three short of the program record with four regular-season games remaining.
“It’s all about teamwork,” Reinhardt coach Roy Reynolds said. “Even though we’re young, you can tell they’ve rededicated themselves to the game. They’ve gelled wonderfully. They love each other, take care of each other and they hold each other accountable. You can tell they’re not afraid to trust each other.”
That trust on offense was on full display Monday, as Reinhardt took and 18-0 lead to the half and scored the game’s first 22 points.
River Ridge product Katie Yarish, who leads the NAIA in assists and points per game, led the charge with six goals and four assists. Sarah Inman had five goals and three assists.
Morgan McGhee finished with a goal and five assists, while Caroline Copenhaver had five goals and an assist to lead a charge of 10 different Reinhardt players with at least one point.
“They’ve bought into the teamwork,” Reynolds said. “We’ve worked ourselves into that situation. I’m proud of the girls. They keep their heads about them. No one tries to take over. They stick to the game plan. It just makes me proud to see that many girls scoring and contributing on offense.”
While the offense has scored 22.5 goals per game during the win streak, Reinhardt’s defense has been just as impressive.
The Lady Eagles allowed just one shot against Brenau. They have surrendered just three goals per game during the win streak, and while they do not often get much work, Reynolds said he is pleased with how they rise to the occasion when they do.
“That speaks to their maturity and the way they focus in on the game,” he said. “They now what’s going to happen, but they’re still ready to assist when we need them. They get up close and help the offense when we need them. They’ve just matured so much over this year, and that’s why we’re having the success that we’re having.”
With no more ranked teams on its schedule Reinhardt is poised to enter the AAC tournament as the team to beat. A win would be the culminating point of the program’s growth since moving to the NAIA Division I level just four seasons ago.
For the first two years, the Lady Eagles had just 15 players on their roster. That number jumped to 24 last year, when Reinhardt reached the conference semifinals, and Reynolds said he expects nothing but continued growth with the program as it aims to become a perennial power in the NAIA.
“The lacrosse IQ has just grown so much,” he said. “We’re going to keep getting our roster to a normal college level in the next couple years. These girls and the ones who came before them have done a great job building a legacy that brings girls in who want to be a part of this program.”