Willard Reaches 300 Career Points As Mariners’ Magical Season Ends With 13-11 Loss In Exciting NCAA First Round Game

Willard Reaches 300 Career Points As Mariners’ Magical Season Ends With 13-11 Loss In Exciting NCAA First Round Game

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SALISBURY, Md. (May 11, 2017)  – The USMMA women's lacrosse narrowly lost its exciting NCAA First Round matchup against Lebanon Valley on Saturday afternoon by the final score of 13-11 down at Salisbury University in Maryland. The defeat ends the Mariners' season at 17-1, while the Dutchmen improve to 12-7 and move on to play the host Sea Gulls on Sunday in the Second Round. 

With a team-high four points, senior Meredith Willard (Portland, Maine) became the first lacrosse player in Academy history to reach 300 career points. She scored twice and dished out two assists. Freshman Jessie Wohner (Norfolk, Va.) finished off her stellar freshman season with yet another hat trick with three goals. 

Seniors Jessica Reilly (Sayville, N.Y.) and Maura Malone (Yorktown, N.Y.) both tallied two goals apiece, while junior Angela Parker (Bowie, Md.) and freshman Maddie Schmidt (Mechanicsville, Va.) also found the back of the net for the Mariners. Malone won a team-best five draw controls, while three players – Wohner, Schmidt and senior goalie Hannah Gizzi (Finksburg, Md.) – all had three groundballs apiece to match the game-high. Schmidt also led all players in the game with two caused turnovers. In goal, Gizzi made seven saves in her final collegiate game. 

Lebanon Valley jumped out ahead, 2-0, in the first six minutes of play, but Merchant Marine answered back with two more over the next six minutes and the game was tied 2-2 through the midway point of the opening half. The Dutchmen finished the half strong, however, with four of the next six goals and took a 6-4 lead into the halftime break. 

In the second half, LVC grabbed its first three-goal lead of the day with the first tally. The Mariners responded by stringing together three-straight to tie it all up at 7-7 at 23:10, but Leb. Valley halted the momentum with three quick and four out of five to go ahead 11-8 at 15:02. 

USMMA fought back with thee of the next four to come within just one goal, 12-11, in the final five minutes, but the Dutchmen scored at 2:36 to make it a two-goal game. The Mariners won the ensuing draw, but were only able to fire off one shot, as Lebanon Valley got the groundball, had a successful clear and played the shot clock out to get the game clock all the way down to just nine seconds before holding on for the win. 

The Dutchmen were led by sophomore Veronica Venezia, who had a game-high eight points on two goals and six assists. Seniors Makenzie Kelley and Emily Federowicz both had four goals each, while sophomore Jaclyn Little scored twice and freshman Brittany Hathaway had one tally and one helper. Senior Jen Eck led all players with eight draw controls, sophomore Morgan Ernst tied for the game-high with three groundballs and three different LVC players caused one turnover apiece. Junior goalie Leah Franklin made an impressive 15 saves over the 60 minutes to earn the victory.

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