Women’s lacrosse rebounds from overtime loss

Nick Sperduto, Contributing Writer

The Bison women’s lacrosse team earned their first win of the season on Saturday, knocking off Lafayette, 15-7. The Bison attack was strong once again; Julia Bradbury ’21 scored a career-high five goals and Ellie Mayer ’24 tallied three, the first of her collegiate career. Both received Patriot League honors for their performance. Bradbury was named midfielder of the week while Mayer received rookie of the week.

“After our (overtime) loss against Saint Bonaventure (who was ranked lower than us), instead of sulking, we came back to the next week of practice with our heads high, which allowed us to dominate Lafayette,” Mayer said. “When we scouted Lafayette, the attack really took time to understand the tendencies of their defense. We played a new offense and incorporated many new plays…” Bradbury said. 

The preparation showed, as the Bison led the Leopards in shots (38-22), ground balls (24-17), and draw controls (15-9). Katie Wendell ’22 (2g-4a), Laurel McHale ’22 (2g-1a), Kali Peeples ’21 (2g-1a), and Caroline Walsh ’21 (1g-1a) were all major contributors to the dominant performance.

The defense for the Orange and Blue was especially stout in the second half. After leading by only two at halftime, it took Lafayette nearly 27 minutes to score their next goal. Caitlin Tucker ’22 made six saves in net for the Bison. 

“I learned that our team is resilient. I’m looking forward to more competitive Patriot league games and wins alongside my teammates,” Tucker said.

The Bison will return to action this Saturday when they host the Greyhounds of Loyola.

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