NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt lacrosse will travel to Cincinnati to face the Bearcats in AAC opening weekend on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT at Nippert Stadium. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN+.
Bri Gross became Vanderbilt’s all-time draw control leader (264) during last Monday’s 12-10 loss to ranked Rutgers. With back-to-back scoring from both the Commodores and Scarlet Knights throughout the first half, Sammy Nuchow tallied her first collegiate goal, putting the Dores up 6-5 heading into the break.
Out of the break, Rutgers tied the game 6-6, but Paige Finneran found Kemper Robinson to put the Dores back up, 7-6. Robinson found the back of the cage a second time, to give Vanderbilt an 8-7 advantage. Vanderbilt’s Nancy Halleron scored at the end of the third to tie up the game 9-9 entering the fourth.
Gross tallied her second consecutive game with a hat trick, opening the fourth quarter with an unassisted goal putting Vandy up 10-9. Rutgers rallied to score three straight and held on to win 12-10.
The Bearcat Report
Cincinnati is coming off a weekend split, first defeating Central Michigan 9-4 on Friday before a 16-3 defeat at No. 19 Michigan on Sunday. The 36 shots and plus-18 advantage in that category against the Chippewas both marked the team’s second-best of the season.
Cincinnati is third in the AAC with 13.6 goals per game (first in shots and shots on goal at 31.9 and 24.3, respectively) after ranking last the previous season at 11.7. Freshman Camryn Callaghan is fifth nationally with 34 goals on the season and has tallied tricks in the first eight matches. Lauren Ottensmeyer is second on the team with 20 goals, including three each in the two overtime battles against Ohio State and Davidson.
Vanderbilt and Cincinnati last met in 2022, on a 23-7 difference in favor of the Dores.
All-time, the Dores lead 9-2 in the series that started with a 20-4 win in 2008. Vandy went on to secure five consecutive wins over the Bearcats, with the first loss coming in 2017 at Cincinnati.
- Paige Gunning has 453 career saves, just 35 saves shy of tying the career record of 488 saves set by Ashley Bastinelli (2002–05).
The Commodores return to the Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex on Tuesday hosting Towson at 1 p.m.