Women’s lacrosse holds off Colonials in double overtime

Ross Lazarus, Senior Writer

In Remington Steele’s first game as head coach, the Bison women’s lacrosse team came up with a dramatic victory against Robert Morris on Feb. 10. It took two overtimes for the Bison to gain the 5-4 advantage on the road against the Colonials.

The low-scoring game was fueled by two powerhouse defenses. The Bison defense got off to a slow start, allowing two goals in the first four minutes of the game. However, they soon tightened up their play and only allowed two more opposing goals for the rest of the game. The Bison defense also forced 22 turnovers in the contest. The Colonial’s strong defense made scoring hard to come by for the Bison and forced the Orange and Blue to 26 turnovers.

None of the Bison’s five goals were assisted and great individual plays gave the Bison their edge. With her team trailing 3-2 in the second half, Eve Lukowski ’18 provided the spark the Bison needed by wrapping around the net and finishing her shot to knot the score at three goals apiece.

With 2:07 left to play, Morgan Steinhacker ’20 dodged a defender and buried the ball into the back of the net to give the Bison their first lead of the day. With a little under a minute left, the Colonials responded with a goal of their own, sending the game into overtime.

In overtime, goalie Jamie DeWitt ’19 played lights-out for the Orange and Blue. She faced five free-position shots in both overtimes and saved four of them, the fifth shot sailing wide. DeWitt had a total of 11 saves throughout the game.

The Bison relied on senior leadership to get them through the high-pressure game. Mary Margaret Kenney ’18 saved the day for the Bison, scoring a free-position attempt to end the game in the second overtime. Steinhacker had only good things to say about the seniors on the team.

“The seniors are great and we look up to them. They always motivate the team and lead by example,” Steinhacker said. The nail-biting finish at Robert Morris was a prime example of the leadership and poise the seniors bring to the field for the Orange and Blue.

The Bison continue their play on the road against Hofstra on Feb. 17 at noon. Last year, the Orange and Blue lost 15-5 at home against Hofstra, so they will be looking for revenge. Steinhacker noted the keys to success against their tough opponent.

“Hofstra will be a challenging game. We will need to stick to our game and eliminate turnovers,” Steinhacker said.

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