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Saints celebrate Senior Day but drop first conference game

Saints celebrate Senior Day but drop first conference game

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Marymount University women's lacrosse team celebrated its six seniors on Saturday at Long Bridge Park, as it faced off against the Marywood University Pacers in Atlantic East Conference action. Despite Senior Day, the Pacers got the best of the Saints, 11-5. 

The opening half was close, with neither team able to pull away from the other at any point. One minute after the Pacers' first goal, senior Jessica Crew tied the game up at 1-1. Assisting on the play was senior Kelly Campbell who beat her defender to find Crew open inside for the goal. 

Marywood went on a two-goal run from there, advancing their lead to 3-1. But with six seconds remaining in the half, yet another senior for the Saints found the back of the net. This time Bridgette Stacom used her speed to get goal side of her defender, and from there she finished.

To start the second half, Marywood went on an eight-goal run to boost their lead to 11-2. The Pacers' offense did not find the back of the net again after the 8:50 mark. 

With eight minutes remaining, the Saints fought back. Two goals from junior Eliana Cassel and another from Stacom cut the deficit. 

The Pacers' defense stopped Marymount on 13 different clear attempts and forced a total of 21 turnovers, which was a deciding factor in today's game.

Senior netminder Holly Reik was between the pipes for all 60 minutes of play. Reik was faced with a total of 26 shots while making 15 saves. 

The Saints continue their Atlantic East play next Wednesday, April 10 as they host Immaculata University, the opening faceoff is set for 4 p.m.