The Pitt women’s lacrosse team kept its momentum rolling in the second match in program history Friday with a 12-5 win over Siena at Highmark Stadium on the South Side thanks in part to a five-goal game from Kate Elam.
The Panthers, whose program got started with an overtime win over Duquesne last week, handled the visiting Saints from the beginning, taking a 6-2 lead into the halftime break and pouring four more goals in during the third period to push the advantage to 10-3.
Elam, a sophomore attacker led the way with five goals, including three straight as the Panthers established their advantage early in the match.
The visiting Saints struck first, sneaking one past Panthers’ keeper Paulina Difatta at 14:13. Emily Coughlin tied the game five minutes later, and then Elam took over. She scored once late in the first and twice more early in the second to push the Panthers’ advantage to 4-1.
Senior attacker Paige Petty added two more goals in the second and the rout was on. Petty also had an assist, led the team with nine shots and eight draw controls.
Elam now has six goals in two matches, while Paige has three. Kierin Ratfliff-Kailbourne, who had four goals including the overtime game-winner against the Dukes, was held off the scoresheet by the Saints.
Dylana Williams scored twice in the second half and Chloe Jones and Julia Foster also scored for the Panthers.
Difatta made five saves, turning aside half of the shots she faced for her second victory. She increased her save percentage on the season to .480.
Emily Boissonneault’s crew will look to keep their momentum rolling in their final tuneup before conference play starts. Pitt, now 2-0, will host St. Bonaventure at noon on Sunday at Highmark Stadium. North Carolina will come in to start ACC play on Thursday, Feb. 24.