Lacrosse (W)

Women's Lacrosse Drops Season Opener Against Belmont Abbey

SALISBURY, N.C. -- The Catawba College women's lacrosse team opened the 2022 season against the Belmont Abbey Crusaders on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Indians fell by a final score of 10-5 despite 19 saves from goalkeeper Aryn Dorr.

The Crusaders struck first less than a minute into the game with a goal at the 14:23 mark. Twenty-three seconds later, Belmont Abbey went ahead two goalsto none with another score with 14:00 on the clock.

Caroline Falcone scored the first goal of the season for Catawba when she beat the defense for a score with 10:52 left in the first period. Two minutes later, the Crusaders extended the lead back to two goals and made the score 3-1. That score stood going into the second quarter.

Goals became few and far between in the second and third quarters. Each team scored once in the second quarter as Belmont Abbey scored in the first minute of the quarter, then Colleen Green scored a man-up goal on an assist from freshman Gracie Hubbard. At the half, CatU trailed 4-2.

After the intermission, neither team could find the back of the net for almost the entire third period. Charlize Skepple had a shot saved in the early moments, and Green had her shot hit off the post all within the first minute and a half of the third.

Goalkeeper Aryn Dorr made eight saves in the third quarter, but the Crusaders got on past her with 1:17 left before the fourth. Catawba trailed 5-2 headed to the final quarter.

Belmont Abbey pulled away with five goals in the fourth while the Lady Indians netted three. Caroline Falcone scored her second of the game, Mercedez Boucicaut got her first of the season, and Ella McCusker scored her first on a free-position shot.

Catawba fell in the opener by a final score of 10-5. The women's lacrosse team will be back in action next Saturday at Shuford Stadium against Southern Wesleyan at noon.

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