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Women’s lacrosse falls 13-10 to Lehigh

Anna Carroll, Senior Writer

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The Bison women’s lacrosse team (4-12) celebrated its seniors on April 20 in their last home game of the season against Lehigh. Seniors Jamie DeWitt, Callie DeWitt, and Audrey Walsh were celebrated before the game. The Bison fell 13-10 in their second to last Patriot League game of the season, moving their conference record to 2-6.

 

In the close loss for the Orange and Blue, there were many bright spots from the team’s performance. Julia Bradbury ’21 matched her career high with three goals and J. DeWitt stopped 11 shots.

 

Lehigh started things off well, scoring on their first six shots in the first 8:16 of the game to jump out to an initial 6-1 lead. However, J. DeWitt made some tough saves to sway the momentum of the game and help tighten up the Bison defense for the rest of the half. The Bison offense also stepped up in the rest of the first half with goals from Bradbury, Walsh, and Kate Fiore ’20, bringing the score to 7-5 at the half.

 

The Bison continued fighting in the second half and came within one goal at two different times in the game. However, Lehigh’s goalie had a great performance for the Mountain Hawks, collecting 12 saves and stopping two of the potential tying shot opportunities for the Bison in the second half of play.

 

Kali Peeples ’21 found the top corner of the goal early in the second to bring the Bison within one at a 7-6 score, and J. DeWitt made a great save in the goal to keep the score close. After a Lehigh goal made it an 8-6 game, Bradbury responded quickly to make it a one-goal game. The teams then traded goals to advance the score to 9-7. However, Lehigh went on a run quickly after and brought the score to a 12-7 margin.

 

The Bison were not done yet, though. Walsh scored a goal off a feed from Lillie Hunt ’20, and Tace Sutherland ’20 added another goal for the Bison just 15 seconds later. Although the Bison were able to tack on one more from Bradbury, Lehigh got the win with a final score of 13-10.

 

Peeples finished the game with a team-high of four draw controls and Sophia Klaber ’20 led the team with three caused turnovers.

 

“The energy during the game was amazing,” J. DeWitt said. “Everyone on the field and on the bench was so involved and we really came together as a team, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. I think that’s the best our team has ever played against Lehigh in my four years here.”

 

The Orange and Blue closed conference play with a game at Army on April 25. With the Patriot League Tournament coming up, the team will now wait to hear their fate regarding obtaining a spot in the playoffs.

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