Women's lax falls twice

Andrew Arnao

Sports Editor

The women’s lacrosse team traveled to Fairfax, Va. and Washington D.C. last weekend to face the George Mason Patriots and the George Washington Colonials. Despite two close  matches, the Bison came away empty handed with a 12-8 loss to George Mason and an 11-9 loss to George Washington.

Plagued by slow starts in previous matches, the opening half against George Mason on March 1 was little different for the Bison as they fell behind 10-3. The Bison did manage to regroup in the second half, outscoring George Mason 5-2 and preventing the Patriots from scoring during the match’s final 23 minutes, but it was too little too late for the Orange and the Blue.

Emily Kookogey ’15 and Katelyn Miller ’14 led the offense with two goals each, while Madison Hurwitz ’13, Sam Rickels ’16, Sophie Kleinert ’14 and Ryan Wenk ’13 also scored one goal apiece. Adrienne Wendling ’13 played a big role on defense, with six draw controls, while goalie Caroline O’Neill ’15 recorded four saves.

The Bison looked to rebound against George Washington on March 3. They took an early 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Miller and Hurwitz and responded to three straight Colonial goals with three of their own (two from Wenk and one from Kookogey). Unfortunately, the Bison were unable to sustain their offensive success in the second half, when the Colonials went on a 6-1 run to take a commanding 11-6 lead. Miller had three more goals in the final minutes to lessen the deficit, but it was not enough for the Orange and the Blue as they fell to 0-5 for the season.

In addition to Miller’s hat trick, Kleinert also put points on the board for the Bison with a single goal in the second half. Wendling caused four turnovers, while Kerri Althouse ’14 led the team with four ground balls. O’Neill finished the match with 11 saves.

The women’s lacrosse team is still looking for its first win as they open Patriot League play tomorrow at Colgate. The Orange and the Blue also play Presbyterian in South Carolina on March 12 and will be hosting Navy on March 16 at 1 p.m.

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