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Lady Marauders struggle to hold back Mercyhurst

Breanna Crognale
Staff Writer

The women’s lacrosse team put up a valiant effort in the loss, and looks to carry that force over to their next matchup.
The women’s lacrosse team put up a valiant effort in the loss, and looks to carry that force over to their next matchup.

Goals were hard to come by for the Marauders on Saturday against Mercyhurst as the girls lost 11-7. It was a rare low scoring affair for the team as the Lakers effectively shut down the high powered Millersville offense. Mercyhurst opened the scoring less than a minute in when Regan Kaestner put one by Millersville goalie Lauren Mateja for her 10th goal of the season. Then not even a minute later Kaestner scored again for her 11th goal of the season with Rebecca Hines earning the assist. The Marauders got on the board at 23:55 when Caitlin Shannon scored off a free position shot for her 34th goal of the season and cut the deficit in half. Mercyhurst made it a two goal game at 10:33 when Shannen Drennon blew one by Mateja for her third goal of the season. The Lakers added to their lead making it 4-1, then 5-1 off goals by Kayla Minner and Hannah Corton. With a little over six minutes left in the half Millersville made it 5-2 when Brooke Fisher blew one by Lakers goalie Rebecca Muscella for her 42nd goal of the season. The two teams traded goals for the remainder of the half with Mercyhurst’s Rebecca Himes notching her 36th goal of the season with a little over three minutes left in the half making it 6-2. Shannon scored her second goal of the game and 35th of the season for the Marauders with 1:41 remaining, cutting the deficit to three. Alisha Catalino responded for the Lakers by scoring her 31st goal of the season with a man down, giving them the 7-3 lead in the final minute of play. Millersville’s Becky Donkin notched her 11th of the season with the girls a man-up making the deficit 7-4 heading into halftime.
The second half was scoreless until the 14:06 mark when Minner gave the Lakers the 8-4 lead for her 41st of the season. Her goal jump started the offense for both teams in the second half, as Himes scored her second of the game making it 9-4. Millersville went on to make 9-7, with goals by Fisher who leads the team in goals scored this season with 43 and two by Shannon. That’s as close as the Marauders would get as Minner would score two more giving the Lakers the 11-7 victory. Mateja was tagged with the loss making her record 11-9, and Muscella improved her record to 7-6. With the loss Millersville is 8-6 on the season and are back in action April 23 with a home game against Shippensburg.