Women’s lacrosse still winless in conference play

Katherine Harris, Senior Writer

The women’s lacrosse team battled hard in their two matches on April 4 and April 8, but ultimately recorded 12-10 and 14-11 losses against Holy Cross and Lafayette respectively.

 

“Our offense was connecting well, and our defense was making great stops, we just needed to clean a few things up,” Emily Kookogey ’15 said.

 

On April 4, the Bison faced off against conference opponent Holy Cross in a game that went down to the wire in overtime. Throughout most of the game, offense was the focus for the Orange and Blue, led by Kookogey with two goals and four assists. She was backed by teammates Maddy Molinari ’17, Christina Manis ’17, and Ally Furbay ’16, who all recorded two goals each to make up the majority of the scoring for the Bison.

 

As regulation was winding down, the Bison were up 10-9 with less than two minutes to go. However, turnovers soon proved to be deadly for the team, and a quick transition allowed the Crusaders to tie the game. In overtime, Holy Cross scored after just one minute, and another turnover put the game out of reach, ending in a 12-10 loss for the Orange and Blue.

 

“The one thing that really hurt us in our game against Holy Cross was our amount of turnovers,” Kookogey said.

 

On April 8, the Orange and Blue returned home to take on Lafayette. The team at first seemed stunned by the Leopard’s offense, and allowed three goals within the first three minutes. However, they then got their feet under them, and went into halftime down 7-4.

 

In the second half, Molinari led the Bison offense, recording four goals and two assists on the day. Gretchen Richter ’18 also had two goals and two assists, and defender Erika Stube ’18 recorded her first career goal. However, all of these offensive efforts were not enough, especially against a Lafayette squad who excelled at running down the clock late in the game. The Orange and Blue eventually lost 14-11.

After their initial 3-0 deficit, the Orange and Blue matched their opponents score for the rest of the game. They were outshot 23-20, but performed very well in draw controls. Richter was especially impactful in this aspect of the game, recording six to go along with the rest of her offensive performance.

“As we continue to progress through our season, I think a team goal we have is to connect on all ends of the field, once that happens we will really come together as a team and be able to come up with some wins!” Kookogey said.

The Bison will face off against nonconference opponent Johns Hopkins on April 11 at 1 p.m. at home.

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