Belles Sunk by Comets

Box Score

OLIVET, Mich. - The host Comets closed out the first half with four goals in-a-row, and the Saint Mary's lacrosse team was unable to come back from the deficit as the Belles lost a 12-9 conference contest at Olivet on Wednesday night.

Emilie Vanneste led the Belles with four goals and two assists.
Emilie Vanneste led the Belles with
four goals and two assists.
The first half was closely played through the first 20 minutes. Olivet claimed a 2-0 lead, but the Belles evened the score at 2-2 with a pair of Emilie Vanneste goals within a minute and a half of each other in the seventh and eight minutes of play.

The Comets regained the lead with a pair of free position shots book-ending an unassisted effort to take a 5-2 advantage with 17:30 remaining in the opening period. Jackie Loesch and Sarah Neeser got the Belles back in business with unassisted goals to make it a 5-4 game with more than 10 minutes left on the clock.

Olivet, however, closed out the half on a 4-0 run, including a pair of free position goals, to take a 9-4 advantage at the break.

The score remained 9-4 in favor of the Comets until Olivet netted their sixth free position goal of the contest a little over 11 minutes into the second half.

The Belles continued to fight their way back into the game. Vanneste fed a pass to Loesch for a goal at 16:57 to make it 10-5. Six minutes later, Vanneste notched back-to-back goals again for the Belles to cut the lead to 11-7 with 10:23 to go. Sarah Neeser added her second goal of the game off of a pass from Vanneste to make it an 11-8 affair with just over seven minutes remaining, forcing the Comets to take a timeout.

Saint Mary's won the ensuing draw control and got a shot off that went wide. After forcing an Olivet turnover and getting the ball back, the Belles had another look at making it an 11-9 game only to see a shot get blocked and a second shot get saved.

The Comets converted their seventh free position opportunity of the day to push their lead to 12-8 with 3:27 remaining. Lauren Telford won the next draw control, and Sarah Neeser scored 45 seconds later to make it 12-9. But the clock ran out on the Belles' comeback effort as the Comets claimed the 12-9 final.

Emilie Vanneste led the Belles with four goals on just four shots while adding two assists. Jackie Loesch and Sarah Neeser each scored a pair of goals. Cathy Baxter chipped in a goal of her own. Aubrey Golembieski had five draw controls, and Stephanie Szymas tallied 15 saves in goal.

The Belles (1-10, 0-4 MIAA) return home to host Trine on Friday, April 18 for a noon conference contest against the Thunder.