The women’s lacrosse team’s season came to an end on April 19 after an 11-9 loss at Boston University. The Bison needed a win over the Terriers to stay in tournament contention. Katelyn Miller ’14 led the team with five goals in her final collegiate game.
“Despite the outcome not being the outcome we wanted, we were all able to walk away from the game knowing we played our hardest,” goalie Elizabeth Duswalt ’17 said. “The score being so close the entire game was the reason we fought as hard as we did. We were playing competitively against a team that was ranked much higher than us and doing as well as we did was an accomplishment in itself.”
Neither team had more than a two-goal advantage during the match, as both squads battled hard to gain a slight edge. The score was 6-5 in favor of Boston at halftime. Miller posted three of her goals in the first half and Emily Kookogey ’15 added two goals, including one that gave the Orange and Blue their first lead at the 8:12 mark.
“The Boston game was one of the most competitive of the season. It was filled with back and forth goals between our team and Boston’s,” Lindsey Ferro ’14 said. “In the end, I think Boston caught a couple of good bounces, whether it be loose ground balls or rebound goals, which resulted in a win.”
Ferro dished a nice assist to Sophie Kleinert ’14, who evened the score to begin the second half. The Terriers answered with two goals of their own, and the teams traded goals the rest of the way. Miller added her final two goals, and Sam Rickels ’16 registered a goal during that stretch. Unfortunately, Boston maintained a two-goal lead for the final 9:08 of the match.
“Our attitude in our last game was no different than our attitude in our first game. We played for our seniors, our teammates, and ourselves. BUWL never gives up,” Duswalt said.
Caroline Collins ’15 finished with a team-high of four draw controls. Elizabeth Gauf ’14, Lucia Smircich ’17, and Kookogey recovered three ground balls each, and Duswalt made five saves to complete her first-year campaign.
“Overall I think this season defines the future of our program. We turned it around at the end of the season and never gave up. No matter what the score was, we fought until the last second of every game,” Ferro said.
The Bison posted a 4-12 overall record (2-6 Patriot League), which included wins over Howard, American, Holy Cross, and St. Francis (Pa.).
Miller garnered several accolades in her senior season. She finished second on the Bison’s career points list (177), second in caused turnovers (101), and third in draw controls (139). In addition, Miller and Smircich earned All-Patriot League Second Team honors.
Smircich is the first Orange and Blue rookie in eight years to make an all-league squad. Her defensive prowess was on full display all year, as she caused 15 turnovers and recovered 28 ground balls.
“As a senior, I know I speak for my fellow classmates in saying that we will miss our time as members of this team but know that our legacy will continue on with success in the future,” Ferro said.
Ferro, Kleinert, Miller, Gauf, Kerri Althouse ’14, Char Damico ’14, Emily Fask ’14, and Andrea Feldman ’14 make up this year’s graduating class.