Women’s Lacrosse Drops Conference Matches to Colgate, Lehigh

Katherine Harris, Senior Writer

Despite four goals from Christina Manis ’17, the women’s lacrosse team had a tough 12-15 loss against Colgate on March 21. The team then had trouble bouncing back against Lehigh on March 24, leading to a 4-17 loss against their opponent.

“I had one of my best games but if it weren’t for my teammates helping me make that possible, I would have not been able to make a difference,” Manis said of the Colgate match-up.

The Bison faced off against the Raiders at home, with both Manis and Emily Becker ’16 contributing scores to bring the team within one as the half drew to a close. Unfortunately, a lapse in the final minutes of the half put the Orange and Blue at a 4-8 deficit at halftime.

“First half, we dug ourselves a hole through unforced, errors but I think everyone did put a ton of effort into the game so I’m proud of them for that,” Gretchen Richter ’18 said.

The Bison came out with a vengeance in the second half, with Becker and Manis once again leading the offensive charge to bring the score to 11-8. Elizabeth Duswalt ’17 kept the fire alive on the defensive side of the ball, coming up with two key saves during the comeback that contributed to her 11 total in goal for the squad.

As the time in the half dwindled, the squad found themselves facing a 15-11 deficit. Despite a late goal by Caroline Collins ’15, the team ran out of time and finished with a 15-12 loss.

“A comeback like that is very difficult to execute so I cannot express how happy I am with our team’s performance during that comeback. Overall, we need to boost our confidence to get to the next level,” Sam Rickels ’16 said.

Along with the four goals and one assist by Manis and two goals apiece by Becker and Eve Lukowski ’18, Maddy Molinari ’17 also contributed two goals for the Bison on the day. Helping out Duswalt on defense was Erika Stube ’18, causing three caused turnovers and three ground balls throughout the match.

On March 24, the Orange and Blue faced off against talented conference opponent Lehigh at home. The squad struggled offensively in the first half, recording 11 turnovers. Despite Duswalt’s six saves on the day, Lehigh’s offense put up an 11-0 lead in the first 30 minutes.

In the second half, Richter led an offensive charge for the Bison with two goals. She was helped by scores by Molinari and Ally Furbay ’16, but the Orange and Blue were unable to put up a significant run, and ended the game with a 4-17 loss.

“Looking forward we need to work on playing the full sixty minutes of the game as well as coming out stronger in the first half,” Molinari said.

The Bison will continue Patriot League play on Saturday, March 28 at American. The team record currently stands at 2-9, with a 0-4 conference record.

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