Women's Lacrosse Edged by No. 20 Elizabethtown, 14-12
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Facing the No. 20 team in the nation, the Swarthmore College women's lacrosse team (1-1) suffered a close defeat at the hands of the Elizabethtown Blue Jays (2-2) by a score of 14-12 on Thursday afternoon in Clearwater.
Sophomore Lucy Whitacre led the Garnet offense with a career-high four goal performance. Junior Annalise Penikis added three goals and sophomore Corinne Sommi contributed two goals. Also scoring for the Garnet were juniors Beth Martin and Nicole Vanchieri and freshman Elyse Tierney.
Leading the Blue Jays with four goals and one assist was junior Kara Solesky. Senior Katie Scheurich also scored four goals.
After shaking off an early goal (28:30) from Elizabethtown junior Becky Porter, the Garnet went on a five goal rampage during the first twenty minutes of play. Goals from Sommi, Penikis, Whitacre, Tierney, and Vanchieri put the Garnet up 5-1 with seven minutes left to play in the half.
The Blue Jays were able to answer three of those goals, with some help from Garnet fouls, and made the score 5-3 with goals from freshman Leigh Flounlacker and Solesky.
Sommi added another goal off of a free position shot to put the Garnet ahead 6-3, but Scheurich snuck in a goal in the last minute of play to end the half 6-4 in the Garnet's favor.
After a few minutes of scoreless play, the Blue Jays struck first in the second half. Porter added a goal to tie the game 6-6, but Swarthmore had a quick answer thanks to Lucy Whitacre, giving Swat the lead 7-6.
This back and forth play would continue throughout the half, with Flounlacker adding a goal with another quick answer from Penikis.
But the Swarthmore women could not hang for the remainder of the second half, despite goals from Martin (16:02), Penikis (9:03), and Whitacre (2:57). The Blue Jays were able to score six goals in the second part of the half and, despite tough play, overpowered the Garnet defense for the 14-12 win.
Garnet goalie Michelle Ammerman finished with seven saves and Blue Jays' goalie junior Casey Fletcher finished with 14 saves.
The women look to bounce back from its hard loss when they take on Eastern on Tuesday, March 13th after the break. Action is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Clothier Field.