BY SAM REESE – STAFF WRITER
The Susquehanna women’s lacrosse team fell to visiting Catholic 22-9 during their game on April 16.
The game started off with a quick goal for the Crusaders from senior attacker Annie McElaney just over one minute into the game.
Catholic was quick to answer, scoring a goal with a free position shot to tie the game.
The game remained neck-and-neck for the next couple of points until Catholic took the lead with a 3-0 run.
McElaney and Susquehanna junior attacker Kelcie Ehler scored the next two goals leaving the Crusaders down by one with a little over 10 minutes left in the first half.
Catholic went on a 4-0 run to regain control of the game.
For the rest of the half, any goals that the Crusaders were able to score were met by responses from the Cardinals, causing Susquehanna to fall behind 13-6 at the end of the first half.
In the final ten minutes of the first half, Catholic outscored Susquehanna 7-1, giving the Cardinals the separation they needed to keep the Crusaders out of reach in the second half.
Susquehanna sophomore attacker Caroline Rabiecki scored the first goal of the second half, assisted by senior midfielder Becky McHugh.
Catholic scored the next six goals giving the Cardinals an 11-point lead over the Crusaders with just 15 minutes left in the game.
McHugh and Ehler both were able to score goals for Susquehanna, but that’s where the offense stopped for the Crusaders.
Catholic scored the last three goals of the game, leaving the final score at 22-9, with Catholic taking home the win.
The highlight of the game for the Crusaders was when Ehler scored her 100th career goal as part of a three-goal day for Ehler against Catholic.
Freshman defender Caroline Corrigan said: “Even though we left the game with a loss, we still had a lot to be happy about. The whole team was so proud of [Ehler] for scoring her 100th goal. She is a great player and has worked hard to get here.”
Senior goalie Alyssa Rothman, who played during the first half, made six saves and senior Carolyn Figola saved four shots in the second half.
The two goalies have split time for the Crusaders this season, neither one beating out the other for the top goalie position.
Catholic outshot Susquehanna 44-20, but committed 21 turnovers compared to Susquehanna’s 18.
With the loss, Susquehanna drops to 6-7, just one game below .500.
Of the final three games that women’s lacrosse will play, two will be conference matchups. The Crusaders will play at Goucher and before taking on Merchant Marine in the regular season finale.
The Crusaders have been a force in the Lankmark Conference this year and were a perfect 3-0 in conference play until running into Catholic’s high-powered offense.
The team will be back on the field, looking to make a late-season playoff push, on Saturday, April 23 at Goucher starting at noon.
Goucher sits at 7-7 and has struggled in the Lankmark Conference, going 1-3 so far this season.