- 4-25-09 -
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. --- The Lycoming College women’s lacrosse team concluded its regular season in an 18-12 loss to Eastern University on Saturday, April 25. Sammi Jo Bell led the Warrior scoring effort with three goals.
The loss drops Lycoming to 9-8 overall and 7-4 in the Middle Atlantic Conference while Eastern improves to 10-6 overall and 8-3 in the MAC. These two teams will meet again in the playoffs, this time at Eastern University on Tuesday, April 28, with the time yet to be determined.
Lycoming struck first, just 17 seconds into the contest. The Warriors won the draw and Bri Robertson finished a pass from Grace Gargiulo. The Eagle evened the score 22 seconds later, before Bell scored her first at 27:05 in what was shaping up to be a track meet of a game. But a three goal run by Eastern halted the Warrior momentum, putting them down 4-2. Bell cut the deficit to one, with 19:02 left in the first half, with assist going to Christi Karr. Back to back goals by the Eagles added to the 6-3 Eastern lead. Justine Titko was able to break up another run, getting the Warriors to within two, 6-4.
The Lady Warriors went down two players after two yellow cards, and the Eagles took advantage, scoring twice in the three minutes the Warriors were down. Kelli Morsey and Karr connected on a play, cutting the lead 9-5. But Eastern wrapped up the first half with another two goals and took a 10-5 lead into halftime.
Opening the second half, the momentum was still in the Eagles court, opening with a goal to spread the gap to 11-5. Grace Gargiulo found the net with 26:43 remaining in the contest, assisted by Megan McIntyre. But another four goal run all but sealed the game. McIntyre and Titko both scored late in the half, and the Warriors compiled a four goal streak with three minutes left in the game, but came up short. Bell, Robertson, Morsey and Laura Carpenter all scored in the run.
Lycoming finishes the season as the fifth seed in the MAC tournament, and will have to travel to Eastern on Tuesday for a rematch. Game time has not yet been set.