KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 2, 2016) – Despite a strong first half, the USMMA women's lacrosse team lost a heartbreaker to Landmark Conference rival Elizabethtown on Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium, 17-16, in an exciting affair. The Mariners' record drops to 2-2 (0-2 Landmark), while the Blue Jays improve to 4-5 (1-1 Landmark).
Freshman Meredith Willard (Portland, Maine) led the way for the Mariners by scoring eight goals and adding one assist. With her performance, she broken two school records – most points in a game with nine and most goals scored in a game with eight.
Freshmen Jessica Reilly (Sayville, N.Y.) and Maura Malone (Yorktown, Va.) also had big days for the Mariners. Reilly finished the game with four goals and an assist, adding a team-high five draw controls and Malone recorded three goals and four draw controls. Freshman goalie Hannah Gizzi (Finksburg, Md.) had an excellent day in net, facing 37 shots on goal and stopping a career-best 20 saves for the Mariners.
Elizabethtown was led by senior Dana Robidoux, who registered a game-high 10 points on 10 goals, while also contributing two groundballs and two draw controls. Juniors Addie Stang and Allison McLamb each finished with three goals apiece, with McLamb also adding a game-high eight draw controls and tying for the game-high with three groundballs. Freshman goalie Abby Kopitko earned the victory between the pipes, facing 21 shots on goal and coming up with five saves.
Play was very even through the first 15 minutes of action. At the 15-minute mark, the Mariners took a 4-2 lead. On the ensuing draw control, Elizabethtown came up with the ball, but just moments later the Mariners forced a turnover and scored at 13:54 to go up, 5-2. Over the next several minutes, the teams kept trading goals in the very fast-paced game. But with 5:01 left in the half, the Mariners took their largest lead of the half, scoring on a free position shot to go ahead, 8-4.
The Blue Jays would quickly respond and score two back-to-back goals – the first coming at 2:11 and followed by another at 1:54. The Mariners answered right back, however, scoring back-to-back goals of their own with 56 seconds left and again at 21 seconds. The Mariners went into halftime with a 10-6 lead.
Merchant Marine picked up right where it left off, coming out of the half and taking their biggest lead of the game at 23:31 with a score of 12-7. The Blue Jays started their comeback shortly after, as they scored five consecutive goals to tie the game up at 12-12 with 16 minutes of action still left. Then it was the Mariners' turn to go on a scoring run, netting three consecutive goals to go up 15-12 with 9:51 to play.
Elizabethtown would not give up. The Blue Jays went on and scored four straight goals to take their first lead of the half at 2:38 – their first lead since 1-0 back early in the first half. The Mariners would come back and tie it up with just 1:11 remaining in the game on Willard's eighth goal of the afternoon. However, E-Town would win the draw control and, after a minute of passing and looking for open space, they found the back of the net with just 11 seconds left on the clock. The Blue Jays would go on to win the final draw control of the game and run out the clock.
Up next, the Mariners will host non-conference opponent The Sage Colleges this Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. Live stats and a live video feed of the game are available by following those links.
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