SELINSGROVE, Pa. (April 30, 2016) – The USMMA women's lacrosse team lost its season-finale on the road at Susquehanna on Saturday, 14-9, at the Crusaders' Sassafras Field. The Mariners end their best year in program history with an 8-6 overall record (0-6 Landmark), while Susquehanna improves to 8-8 (4-2 Landmark).
Freshman Meredith Willard (Portland, Maine) scored five times to lead Merchant Marine, while classmate Jessica Reilly (Sayville, N.Y.) found the back of the net three times and fellow freshman Ellen Carpenter (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) scored the Mariners' other goal.
Freshman Maura Malone (Yorktown, Va.) matched the game-high with five draw controls and classmate Hannah Gizzi (Finskburg, Md.) picked up a team-best five groundballs. In goal, Gizzi matched her career-high of 22 saves, which is the program-best as well.
USMMA fought tough in the opening half, as they held the lead on two separate occasions – when Willard scored the squad's first two goals at 21:54 and 20:37 to make the score 2-1 and again later in the half when Willard, Carpenter and Reilly went back-to-back-to-back over the span of nine minutes (14:39 to 5:42) to put the visitors ahead, 6-5. The Crusaders responded with a tally at 5:21 to close out the scoring in the half with the game tied at 6 apiece.
Susquehanna came out hot in the second half, tallying the first four goals in over eight minutes to make the score 10-6. The two teams traded the next six goals until the Crusaders strung two together at 5:36 and then again with just 10 seconds remaining to secure the victory.
Senior Annie McElaney had four goals and one assist for Susquehanna, as she matched the goal output of sophomore Caroline Rabiecki. Both junior Shannon Kinney and freshman Brooke Klair added two goals apiece for the Crusaders. In net, senior Carolyn Figliola earned the victory with six saves in the second half of action. Classmate Alyssa Rothman started the game and made five saves in the first half.
The Mariners saw numerous individual and team records broken this year, in this, their first winning season in the four-year history of the program. They also went a perfect 4-0 this year against future Skyline Conference opponents.
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