By: Abby Knowles
On Saturday, March 19, the women’s lacrosse team hosted a competitive game against the Scranton University Royals but ultimately lost 10-11, leaving the Eagles with a 3-4 record so far this season.
The Eagles started out strong with three goals in the first quarter. The first two goals were around the 11-minute mark by junior attacker and biomedical science major Kayla Sarazin and sophomore attacker psychology major Katie Blair. With eight minutes left in the quarter, Blair scored again to put the Eagles up 3-1. The Royals answered with two goals, but the Eagles stayed up 3-2 at the end of the first quarter.
The Eagles opened up the second quarter strong with three goals. Once again, the Royals answered with two goals, making the score 6-4 at intermission.
The Eagles held onto the lead through the third quarter, but the Royals made significant gains. Going into the fourth quarter, the score was 9-8 in favor of the Eagles. The Royals came out strong in the fourth, scoring three goals to put them up 9-11. With one minute left in the game, Erin Steinberg scored a goal, but it wasn’t enough—Scranton took home the win against the Eagles with a score of 11-10.
“I think our defense is very solid this year and I see a lot of individual talent from everyone, which has been coming together nicely on the offensive end,” said freshman midfielder Micaela Burneo.
Scranton also led 31-23 in shots taken.
“I think that if we just cleaned up some little pieces like transitioning the ball in the midfield and some of the offensive plays, we definitely could have won,” said Burneo.
Although the Eagles didn’t come out on top, the team’s spirit and energy is still high.
“Obviously it’s always hard to lose such a close game, but I’m happy with how our team worked together, overall,” said sophomore chemistry major Maria Schneider. “We’re all very close on and off the field and are always picking each other up, no matter the outcome of a game.”
Throughout the game, players and coaches on the sidelines were encouraging and supporting those on the field.
“Our sideline is the loudest part of the game,” said freshman goalie Allison Carolan. “We’re constantly cheering, creating crazy sideline celebrations and encouraging our teammates who are on the field. … We were able to keep up and stay competitive the whole game because of how conditioned and determined we are.”
Women’s lacrosse will play their next home game on March 26 against Messiah College at 1 p.m.
“I think that Scranton really pushed us to play our best lacrosse yet this season and that we played at a high level which was awesome,” said Burneo.