UR Women's Lacrosse Concludes Season with Second-Round Loss to Catholic in NCAA Tournament
The University of Redlands women's lacrosse team's historical campaign came to a close on Saturday when the Bulldogs fell to the Catholic University of America (DC) by a score of 10-17 in the Second Round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championships. The Maroon and Gray tallied an early 5-3 lead but the Cardinal offense erupted for nine unanswered goals to pull away, leading to Redlands' second loss of 2012.
The Bulldogs created their only lead of the game by firing off three straight scores midway through the opening period. Down 3-4, senior attack player Blair Callaghan (Tacoma, WA) initiated the spurt and senior midfielder Megan Prickett (Poway, CA) found the back of the net on consecutive occasions in a six-minute span.
Catholic took a moment to talk it over in a timeout and regrouped with an impressive offensive onslaught, uncorking seven straight goals to finish out the half with an 11-5 advantage.
The second half saw an evenly-matched effort for the teams, with the Cardinals earning a narrow 6-5 margin in the final 30 minutes.
Senior attack player Ashley Finke (Austin, TX) cut the lead to five at 8-13 when she posted her second netter of the game, but that was as close as the Bulldogs would get.
Prickett finished with a hat trick to lead Redlands, while sophomore midfielder Jacky Craycraft (Trabuco Canyon, CA) provided two goals and two assists.
Mary Swarthout and Theresa Ciletti combined for 10 of Catholic's goals.
Following the program's first-ever Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championship, Redlands (16-2) finishes out the 2012 season with the best record in the team's history.