Redlands' Rally Falls Short of the Upset against No. 20 Susquehanna
After trailing early against No. 20 Susquehanna University (PA), the University of Redlands women's lacrosse team rallied back to tie it up with 10 minutes to go in Wednesday's game. But the Crusaders ultimately gained the upper hand with a late score to propel them to an 11-10 victory over the Bulldogs on Farquhar Field.
Susquehanna came out firing and earned a 4-0 lead by the 19-minute mark of the first half. Junior midfielder Emma Ehler (Chatham, NJ) uncorked three of the Crusaders' goals during this spurt.
Junior midfielder Jacky Craycraft (Trabuco Canyon, CA) found the back of the net for the Bulldogs' first score of the game less than a minute later, but the momentum was short-lived as Susquehanna's junior midfielder Michelle McGinniss (Randolph, NJ) connected on a pass from senior midfielder Lindsey Derstine (Coopersburg, PA) to make it 5-1
After the teams traded scores, the Bulldogs rattled off three consecutive netters to cut the deficit to one at 5-6 with 3:50 left in the opening frame. Freshman midfielder Stephanie Garrett (San Diego, CA) opened this team hat trick by taking the draw control all the way to the Crusaders' net in 17 seconds. In addition, Craycraft recorded an unassisted goal after a good clear by the Bulldogs, which started with a save by graduate student Ana Martinez (Pleasanton, CA) on the other end of the field. After a barrage of fouls and three yellow cards between the teams, Redlands' senior midfielder Crystal Painter (Lake George, NY) distributed the ball to senior attack player Aimee Dewan (Alamo, CA) for the man-up score.
Two minutes later, the Crusaders capitalized on a free-position shot, pushing their lead back up to two scores by halftime.
During the opening 11 minutes of the second stanza, the teams continued to trade offensive and defensive punches, with each tallying two scores.
However, Redlands' second netter initiated a four-goal outburst that resulted in its first lead of the game at 10-9 with 5:09 remaining. Craycraft bookended this effort while taking passes from sophomore attack player Elizabeth Keilty (Yorba Linda, CA) and junior midfielder KK McCaslin (Portland, OR).
But the Crusaders responded with another score just 24 seconds later, as Ehler nabbed the draw control and went straight to goal for her fifth netter of the game.
With less than five minutes remaining, Martinez stepped up with a pair of big saves for Redlands, one of which led to a good clear and another offensive opportunity for the Bulldogs. The Maroon and Gray worked the ball around Susquehanna's cage, with hopes of a game-winning shot. But the Crusader defense forced a less-than-ideal attempt, which was stopped by senior goalkeeper Emily Stankaitis (Honeoye Falls, NY) for her 13th save of the game.
Susquehanna came up with the ball and McGinnis found a way to score with 19 seconds left on the clock, resulting in the one-goal victory for the Crusaders.
Craycraft led the Bulldogs with four goals, while Painter and Dewan added two apiece. Garrett and junior attack player Allie Hoffler (Draper, UT) also contributed one each.
With Garrett nabbing half of them, Redlands dominated the draw controls with 14, compared to the Crusaders' nine.
Martinez finished with 10 saves while patrolling the Maroon and Gray cage for more than 59 minutes.
Beyond Ehler's five scores, Susquehanna looked to sophomore midfielder Brynn Reid (West Grove, PA) and McGinniss to provide two netters apiece, while freshman midfielder Annie McElaney (Natick, MA) and Derstine chipped in one each.
Redlands (7-2) continues its non-conference stint when it takes on 15th-ranked St. John Fisher College (NY) on Friday at 7 p.m. on Farquhar Field.