LAKE FOREST, Ill. In the first two games, Melissa Mondo (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) accounted for five of the Saint Mary's University women's hockey team's six goals in the Cardinals' 2-1, 4-3 sweep of Finlandia last weekend.
That was the good news.
The bad news was, Mondo suffered a high ankle sprain during the latter of those two wins, forcing the SMU sophomore out of lineup when the Cardinals traveled to Lake Forest for Friday's nonconference game.
And without Mondo, the SMU offense proved to be stuck in neutral, as Lake Forest scored single goals in each of the three periods en route to a 3-0 victory over the Cardinals.
Kerry Gotowka gave Lake Forest (1-0-2) all the offense it would need, netting her first goal of the season midway through the opening period. Ali Neal added her second of the year at 14:14 of the second period and Laura Wilson closed out the scoring late in the third period with her second of the year.
Lake Forest goalie Sally Bevis did her part on the other end, stopping all 24 Cardinal shots including 11 in the final period, when SMU outshot the Foresters 11-8. Nikki Jung (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) finished with 26 saves for SMU (2-1-0).