Second Half Struggles Lead to Loss at Home for Women’s Lacrosse

Image taken during the second half of the game.

By Tommy Kulikowski

February 28, 2018

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA– Kate Ziegler scored back-to-back goals, tying the game at 11-11 before the Marymount Saints went on a late six-goal scoring streak, holding women’s lacrosse to an 18-13 non-conference loss at Wolf Field on Wednesday evening. Ziegler scored the first four goals of her career in the loss and Blue Jay senior Carly Thompson recorded the 100th goal of her career.

Abby Wescott scored 1:43 into the game to put Marymount up early, but Carly Thompson took control of the next draw, scoring roughly 13 seconds later to make it 1-1. Marymount responded quickly, taking back the lead and adding two more to go up 4-1 with 22:03 left in the game.

A shot clock violation on Marymount seemed to cause a momentum shift in favor of the Blue Jays shortly after. Emily Garvin, a freshman forward, blew defensive coverage immediately after the violation, sparking a bit of hope for the Blue Jays, who soon went on a two-goal run to make the game 3-4. Under a minute later, Carly Thompson received a pass from Blue Jay senior Madelyn Baker and put it in the back of the net to score her second of the game and 100th of her career.

“It was a great accomplishment, but I knew the work hadn’t been done yet and I had to forget about it in the moment,” Thompson said. Thompson’s goal was followed by two back-to-back goals scored by Baker, putting Elizabethtown up by two, 6-4, with ten minutes to go in the half.

The Saint’s broke their scoreless drought soon after, tying the game 6-6 with two goals in under a minute. Both teams went back and forth for the rest of the half, but not before a lone goal by Katie Thompson and two last-minute goals for Marymount gave the visitors an 8-7 lead going into halftime.

Marymount came into the second half fired up, making an early 3-1 run and putting themselves up 11-8 with 11:48 left to play. Kate Thompson scored another unassisted goal to bring the Blue Jays to within two, and Kate Ziegler added two more goals to tie up the game.

“It was a crazy feeling scoring my first hat trick ever to tie up the game,” Ziegler said.

The momentum shift forced Marymount to take a timeout and allowed them to take control of the game late on. Soon after, the Saints netted six straight goals to take a 17-11 lead with eight minutes left in the game. The Blue Jays fought hard to close the gap, but late goals by Carly Thompson and Kate Ziegler were not enough, leading to an 18-13 loss at home.

“Luckily this wasn’t a conference game,” Garvin said. “Losing is never fun, but a lot of the girls played really well tonight and I think it’s a good sign going forward.”

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