For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · email@example.com
St. Mary's City, Md. – The 2017 campaign for the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team came to a close Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament. In another exciting matchup between the Seahawks and Christopher Newport University, the script was flipped as this time CNU came away with the last second win.
Last week, senior captain Abbey Harrison (Easton, Md./Easton) led St. Mary's to a 16-15 victory over the Captains with her goal with 16.6 seconds left. However, fifth-seeded CNU outlasted the fourth-seeded Seahawks this time around for an 8-7 triumph as the Captains notched the game-winning goal with 27.6 seconds on the clock.
St. Mary's finishes the season with a 9-9 overall record and went 5-3 in the conference play, earning the No. 4 seed in this year's CAC Tournament following wins over Christopher Newport and Frostburg State University last week. Christopher Newport now advances to Saturday's semifinal matchup at top-seeded York College of Pennsylvania.
St. Mary's 7, Christopher Newport 8
How It Happened
- Harrison struck first for the Seahawks at 28:17 as she finished off a feed from senior midfielder Erika Kopf (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis). However, CNU responded with four unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead at 14:36 as junior midfielder Catie Chess (Fairfax, Va./Flint Hill) scored twice in the run.
- Harrison then sparked a 3-0 run to end the first half as she scored an unassisted goal at 7:44 before assisting on senior captain Meg Gesner's (Severna Park, Md./Severn) score at 2:13 to close the gap to 4-3. Junior attacker Lacey Brown (Monkton, Md./Hereford) sent St. Mary's into the break tied at 4-4 with an unassisted tally at 1:09.
- The Captains won the ensuing draw control and fired off two shots but both went wide, including a free position shot with two seconds remaining in the half.
- The Seahawk offense continued to roll at the start of the second stanza, extending their run to 6-0 as Harrison found the back of the net for the third time at 28:56 and Brown scored back-to-back goals in a four-minute span to put St. Mary's up by three goals at 20:57.
- Christopher Newport would close out the game on a 4-0 run in the final 10:48, including notching two goals in the final minute of the game. First-year midfielder Samantha Wettengel (Dameron, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) netted the game-tying goal at 51.7 off a feed from senior attacker Meaghan Galvin (Arlington, Va./Yorktown).
- Junior attacker Carly Wilson (Odenton, Md./Arundel) came out on top as CNU's hero, tallying the game-winning goal with 27.6 seconds on the clock as Wilson converted a free position shot.
- Galvin won the final draw and the Captains effectively ran out the clock.
- St. Mary's had its opportunities during CNU's run, rattling off eight shots but three were saved and one bounced off the post.
For St. Mary's (9-9)
- Harrison wrapped up her Seahawk career with her eighth career hat trick as she tallied a career-best three goals and finished the day with a career-high four points.
- Brown also contributed three goals and 1-for-1 on free position shots.
- Senior captain Mackenzie Rayburn (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) paced St. Mary's with three draw controls and two ground balls.
- Junior defender Maribeth Anderson (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) and first-year midfielder Kate Bartholomew (Galena, Md./Kent County) each grabbed two draw controls while senior midfielder Erika Kopf (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) scooped up two ground balls and added an assist.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Brown (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) made seven saves, including five in the second half.
- St. Mary's outshot the Captains, 27-20, and posted a 9-8 edge in draws.
For Christopher Newport (11-7)
- Scorers (G-A): Galvin (2-2); Chess (2-0); Wilson (2-0); Lindsay Weaver (1-0); Wettengel (1-0)
- Goalie: Kaitlyn Ready (9 saves, 7 GA, 60:00)
- CNU came out with a 15-12 edge in ground balls while converting five of their eight free position shots.
Up Next for the Seahawks
- Season complete.
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