Comeback Halted for Belles Against Scots
- Kate Kelly led Saint Mary's with four goals and an assist while earning six draw controls.
- Mary Singler, Clare Theisen, Emilie Vanneste, and Hanna Makowski each scored two goals.
- Cara Givens made 12 saves.
ENGLEWOOD, Fla. - The Saint Mary's lacrosse team pulled within a goal late in the first half of play, but the Belles were unable to overtake Wooster in an 18-13 final in Florida.
Both sides got on the scoreboard early in the contest. The Scots struck first with a free position goal 37 seconds into play, but the lead was short-lived as Clare Theisen added a free position goal of her own 20 seconds later. Wooster rattled off three consecutive goals to gain a 4-1 advantage. The Belles were resilient and chipped away at the deficit. Hanna Makowski found the back of the net twice in the span of less than 1:30 as Kendra Osinski and Kate Kelly each picked up an assist as Saint Mary's made it a 4-3 game with 15:27 still remaining in the first half.
Wooster came back with a pair of goals to regain a 6-3 cushion, but Mary Singler sent home a free position goal a minute later to make it a 6-4 game. Three minutes later, it was Kate Kelly's turn to come up with a response goal as the score moved to 7-5. With fewer than nine minutes remaining in the period, Emilie Vanneste tallied an unassisted goal to push the difference to 8-6 as the Scots called a timeout to try to halt the Belles. As the clock moved below the five-minute mark, Kelly struck again to edge Saint Mary's within one of Wooster at 8-7. Mary Singler won the next draw control and saw a shot travel wide of the goal. Thirty seconds later, Clare Theisen had a free position attempt pushed aside. Cara Givens came up with a pair of big saves at the other end of the field, and Kendra Osinski had a free position shot stopped in the final minute of the period as the Belles continued to push for the equalizer. The Scots, however, quickly turned defense into offense off of Osinski's saved shot and netted a goal on the other end of the field with 29 seconds remaining for a 9-7 lead. Wooster won the next draw and pushed the ball up the field quickly again and took a 10-7 lead into the halftime break.
Clare Theisen gave the Belles early momentum in the second half by scoring a free position goal in the opening two minutes of play. Wooster responded by putting the next five goals on the scoreboard while eating up more than ten minutes of game time in the process to balloon their lead to 15-8. Kate Kelly took the next draw control and scored to break up the Scots' scoring run. The sophomore had another response goal three minutes later to make it a 16-10 game with 14:45 left on the clock. Emilie Vanneste added a free position goal less than a minute later to re-energize the Saint Mary's side.
The Scots had a long stretch of maintained possession over the next five minutes of play. That possession led to a goal, which gave Wooster the 17-11 lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. With an increased level of urgency, Vanneste won the ensuing draw, and Mary Singler found Kendra Osinski for a goal to quickly put the Belles on the scoreboard. The Scots capitalized on a turnover on the next possession by Saint Mary's and regained a six-goal lead at 18-12 with under six minutes remaining. Givens came up with a pair of saves on the next stretch of play, and Mary Singler netted her second goal of the game with 2:34 left on the clock. Time ran out on the Belles as Wooster held on for the 18-13 final decision.
Kate Kelly led Saint Mary's with four goals and an assist while earning six draw controls. Mary Singler had two goals, an assist, and three draw controls. Clare Theisen tallied two goals and three draw controls, and Emilie Vanneste added two goals and a team-high four ground balls. Hanna Makowski recorded two goals while Kendra Osinski netted a goal and two assists. Cara Givens made 12 saves in goal for the Belles.
Saint Mary's (0-2) concludes their spring break trip to Florida with an 8:00 a.m. contest against Western Connecticut State on Thursday morning.