April 27, 2012
Women's lacrosse hangs on for 16-12 win over McDaniel
The Crusaders (13-1 overall, 2-1 Landmark) opened up the game with a 7-0 run led by sophomore midfielder Michelle McGinniss and senior attack and captain Ally Bauer. After sophomore midfielder Emma Ehler started the scoring onslaught with just over one minute played in the first half, Bauer and McGinniss both picked up two goals and an assist in the first half.
At the 8:40 mark, the Gophers (5-10, 0-4) were able to sneak one past junior goaltender Emily Stankaitis. Stankaitis allowed five goals on the day.
The Crusaders answered with four consecutive goals including a tally by junior defender Ainsley Rossitto. Susquehanna brought an 11-1 lead into halftime as eight different Crusaders found the back of the net in the half.
Senior defender and captain Marra Landino started the scoring action in the second half off of an assist from freshman midfielder Brynn Reid.
Landino said: "The women's lacrosse team has gone through a lot over the past four years - we've basically rebuilt a program since my first year here at SU. I cannot express how appreciative I am of my team and supporters to be ending my lacrosse career in the way I am."
The Goucher offense found its groove on the following possession, scoring the next four goals to cut the Crusaders lead to seven.
McGinnis scored less than a minute later to extend the lead to eight. Bauer iced the game with her third goal of the day, handing Susquehanna a 15-7 win.
Bauer said: "It's upsetting our fourth and final year is coming to a close, but I am so grateful for all we accomplished. Being a part of this lacrosse team has taught me many lessons a classroom lecture could not. I have learned about discipline, leadership, commitment and what it takes to be successful on and off the field."
Fellow senior midfielder Erin Dyer finished the day with two goals and an assist to add to her career at Susquehanna.
The Crusaders played their last home game on Wednesday taking on non-conference opponent McDaniel. The Crusaders scored the first eight goals of the game as McGinniss netted a first-half hat trick. The Green Terror (6-11) responded with two goals in a 46-second span to trim the lead to 8-2.
The Crusaders put their feet back on the gas, ending the half on a 5-0 run. Bauer added her third goal in the first half for another first-half hat trick.
Freshman attack Emma Jones started the scoring for the Crusaders to increase the lead to 14-2. McDaniel answered with a offensive surge, scoring eight of the next nine goals to trim the lead to 15-10 with 3:19 remaining.
After Ehler completed the third Crusaders hat trick of the game, McDaniel scored the final two goals of the game to make the final score, 16-12.
The Crusaders travel to Drew to face the Rangers on Saturday at 1 p.m. for their final regular season game.
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