BY JUSTUS STURTEVANT, SPORTS EDITOR
The Susquehanna women’s lacrosse team fell on April 12 to the visitors from Catholic (8-5, 4-0 Landmark) by a final score of 22-11.
The loss, which was the first in conference play for the Crusaders (9-4, 4-1 Landmark), snapped a six game win streak. Senior midfielder Michelle
McGinniss led the Crusader attack with five goals, while junior attacker Meredith Crane and senior midfielder Emma Ehler both added a pair of goals.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Rothman turned away seven Cardinal shots in the loss. The two teams traded goals early on, with McGinniss scoring the first three goals for Susquehanna. Ehler and Crane found the back of the net as well and at the 9:55 mark in the first half, the Crusaders held a 5-4 lead.
Things started to go south for Susquehanna at that point. Over the next five minutes, four different Cardinals tallied and suddenly the Crusaders
trailed by three. A goal made by Kelcie Ehler with a minute left in the half stopped the bleeding temporarily. However, before Susquehanna
could escape the half, Catholic struck twice more to push the lead to four head in into the break. Crane got the Crusaders back
on track at the start of the second half with two quick goals, but the Catholic attack kept coming. The two-goal deficit was as close as Susquehanna would get
it in the second half. Three shots sailed past sophomore keeper Abby Cohn, in for Rothman, before a McGinniss strike cut the lead to four. The Cardinals then rattled off four more goals pushing the lead to eight goals at 17-9. McGinniss and Ehler scored the final two goals for the Crusaders, but the Cardinals did not let up, tallying five more times themselves. Junior attacker Lindsay Brophy capped the win, scoring the final three goals for Catholic to
finish with a game high seven. Senior net-minder Yasmeen Ajdari stopped 11 Crusader shots. Susquehanna was out-shot 41-26 in the game. Susquehanna 20 USMMA 5. The Crusaders were able to bounce back from the loss to Catholic, beating Merchant Marine (1-9, 0-5 Landmark) in dominating fashion 20-5. The game marked the final home game for the team’s six seniors. Emma Ehler recorded one goal and a game high six assists, while McGinniss added two goals and an assist. All three Susquehanna goalies spent time in the net, but senior keeper Katelyn Brower spent the majority of the game in net. Susquehanna opened the game with 12 unanswered goals, before USMMA finally managed to find the back of the net almost 13 minutes into the game. The offense slowed down
after that for the Crusaders, but they still managed to easily outpace the Mariners en route to a 15-point victory. The Crusaders stifled any offense the Mariners attempted, allowing just eight shots in the game. The Crusaders finish out the season on April 26 with a trip to conference foe Goucher. They are currently tied for second place in the conference with Drew, a team they beat 16- 15 earlier in the season.