Recap written by John Kelly Jr.
KINGS POINT, N.Y. (March 12, 2019) – The USMMA women's lacrosse team outmuscled visiting Connecticut College, 8-7, on a cold Tuesday evening at Brooks Stadium in the Mariners' 2019 home-opener. With the victory, Merchant Marine improved to 3-0, while the Camels fell to 1-3 with the loss.
Seniors Jessica Reilly (Sayville, N.Y.) and Meredith Willard (Portland, Maine) both had a game-high three points apiece to lead the Mariners in the win. Reilly recorded a hat-trick and won a team-high four draw-controls, while also leading Merchant Marine with two caused turnovers. Reilly also tied for a team-best with five groundballs. Willard scored twice and pitched in with an assist.
Senior Maura Malone (Yorktown, Va.) netted two goals in the contest and grabbed five groundballs, tying a team-high. Sophomore Kelly Midas (Clarksville, Md.) found the back of net and Freshman Maddie Schmidt (Mechanicsville, Va.) snatched four groundballs to go along with two draw-control wins in the contest.
The Mariner defense forced 23 Connecticut College turnovers for the game. Senior goalie Hannah Gizzi (Finksburg, Md.) got the victory after stopping eight shots and gobbling up four groundballs.
The Mariners opened the scoring on a free position attempt less than two minutes into the game, but the Camels responded five minutes after to tie it at one. After both teams were held scoreless for more than 16 minutes, USMMA scored two of the last three goals to lead 3-2 at halftime.
After Midas's goal extended Merchant Marine's lead to 5-3 at 23:51, Connecticut College answered with three straight - taking a 6-5 lead at the 14:47 mark. Over the next 12 minutes, the Mariners went on to score three of the next four goals and take a 8-7 lead with 2:25 left in regulation. Reilly strung together two tallies, including the game-winner while Willard added one.
The Camels had an opportunity for the equalizer at the 1:12 mark, but their Free Position attempt hit the post and the Mariners were able to hold on.
Senior Jamie Navonia and juniors Julia Loesch and Clara Bisson led Connecticut College with three points apiece. Navonia led all goal scorers with two tallies on the night. Loesh and Bisson chipped in with a goal and a assist respectively. Senior Jackie Cooney forced a team-best three turnovers to go along with a team-high four groundballs. Sophomore goalie Nina Fazio made eight saves in the losing effort.
The Mariners play this Saturday at Mass. Maritime beginning at 10 a.m.