Women’s Lacrosse falls to Navy, but continues to post-season

Lauren Whelan, Sports Co-Editor

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For the first time since 2009, the women’s lacrosse team will be heading to the Patriot League Tournament. Despite their most recent loss to Navy in a close match on April 23, the program has taken strides this season, evident in the team’s post-season performance.

Though one regular-season game remains, the team holds a 4-4 conference record and has clinched the No. 5 or 6 seed in the tournament after its loss to Navy. The game remained close throughout and ended 10-11 in favor of the Midshipmen. The Bison jumped out with a strong start, going up 2-0 in the first 10 minutes. Multiple lead changes occurred as Navy came back full force, coming out on top in the end.

Many individuals sparked the offensive effort for the Bison. Gretchen Richter ’18, Emily Becker ’16, Maddy Molinari ’17, and Ally Furbay ’16 all scored crucial goals for the Orange and Blue. Sam Rickels ’16 and Christina Manis ’17 also contributed to the Bison’s overall score. Back on the defensive end in the net, Jamie DeWitt ’19 tallied seven saves in a strong showing to keep the Bison in the game.

This season has been particularly notable because of the stark contrast from the team’s performance in recent years. The Bison have seen significantly more successes, and four members of the team are now single-season, 50-point scorers for the first time in program history. Eve Lukowski ’18, Becker, Manis, and Molinari have all achieved this status.

The regular season will come to a close for the Bison on April 29, when they face off against Lehigh. The match-up will determine whether the Bison will be the No. 5 or 6 seed in the Patriot League Tournament.

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