The Millersville University Women’s Lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaker to Slippery Rock University this past Saturday by a score of 13-9. The loss snapped a three game winning streak, and although a PSAC playoff berth is still in reach, there is less room for error.
The visiting Marauders made it a quick start out of the gates with goals by sophomore Sabrina Fusco and junior Jamie Damirgian to take a 2-0 lead in the first ten minutes. The Rock would answer with four straight goals to take the lead that it would ultimately never relinquish. Fusco added another goal to cut the lead to one but the Rock answered with two more goals before senior Bridget Hufnagel answered. The Rock would add one more tally before the break to put the score at 7-4 in favor of the Rock.
The Marauders hoped to gain momentum in the second half by scoring two goals to Slippery Rock’s singular goal, which put the score at 8-6. Slippery Rock then put the game away by scoring five of the next six goals to take a commanding 13-7 lead with under four minutes to go in the contest.
Junior Renee Landis added a pair of goals with under three minutes to go but it was not enough as the Marauders fell 13-9.
Freshman Goalkeeper Bryanna Weston-Wyatt stood tall in the goal, collecting 14 saves, which brought her total to 130 for the season. Freshman Midfielder Nathalie Sukanick picked up four groundballs, caused a turnover and earned a draw control in the loss.
With two games remaining, Fusco and Hufnagel have both notched 48 goals on the season with senior Abby Mack contributing 25 assists. Hufnagel has also collected 54 draw controls. The draw control specialist, Damirgian has been getting the ball to her and has picked up 39 controls of her own with junior Taylor Davis right behind with 35 controls.
The loss drops the Marauders to 9-6 overall and 5-5 in the PSAC conference. Despite the loss, the Marauders are still in the driver’s seat to earn a PSAC playoff berth with two games remaining on their schedule. Because of the loss, a defeat in either of the last two contests against PSAC foes Lock Haven, the defending national runner up, and Gannon, a spot in the conference tournament would be unlikely.
Regardless of the outcome, the Marauders have improved from the previous two seasons and will finish with a winning record for the first time since the 2013 season.