April 11, 2018
Women's Lacrosse Falls Short in First-Place Showdown With Lenoir-Rhyne
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba dropped a 14-9 decision in women’s lacrosse action to visiting Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday afternoon at Shuford Stadium in a battle of the only two remaining undefeated teams in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears improve to 7-7 overall and 7-0 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 9-6 and 5-1.
Catawba had rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the first half to tie the game on Erin Green’s goal with 1:42 left. A turnover denied the Lady Indians a chance to lead at the break and LR capitalized and went on top 6-5 with just 31 seconds to go on a tally by Rachel Elmore.
Lenoir-Rhyne put home two goals in the first four minutes of the second half to grab an 8-5 edge. Catawba cut the lead to two goals several times, but could never get closer. Down 11-9, Catawba had two free-position shots to get within goal, but Ines Flueck saved both to keep the Bears up by two. Back-to-back goals by Cathleen Gaffney within 30 seconds gave LR a 13-9 edge and helped salt the game away.
Green, Nicole Hunt and Katie Barth each had two goals for Catawba. Green and Hunt added assists, while Gianna Pezzulo handed out two helpers. Hunt would cause four turnovers and had three ground balls with Madison Anselmo recording 16 saves. The Lady Indians went just 1-for-10 on free-position shots.
Gaffney led the Bears with four goals and had an assist. Elmore also scored four goals, while Gabby Sousa scored three. Flueck produced a dozen saves.
Catawba travels to Queens on Saturday for a 3 pm game with the Royals.
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