Ferrum Takes Bite out of Offense, Defeats Notre Dame

FERRUM, VA - College of Notre Dame held Ferrum to a season-low eight goals, but it was still too much as the Panthers defense was just one step better in the Gators 8-7 non-conference women's lacrosse loss Monday afternoon.

Ferrum (5-1 overall) had outscored its opponents by a 74-31 margin heading into Monday's game with Notre Dame (1-3), as both teams struggled to find consistent offense throughout the game.

The Panthers got on board early with two goals in the opening 2:16. Notre Dame senior Lauren Terry (Towson, MD/Catholic) finally got the visitors on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal 9:51 into the first half to make the score 2-1. Brooke Hewartson scored her second of three goals on the day to push the contest to 3-1 just 47 seconds later. Lauren Terry scored twice more with 10:47 and 2:59 left on the clock in the first half to push the score to three apiece, but Ferrum closed out the final 1:36 with two goals of their own, making the score 5-3 at the half.

Freshman Allison Terry (Towson, MD/Catholic) evened the score at five with two goals within a 41 second span early in the second half. However, Ferrum once again responded with two unanswered goals, and with 9:43 on the clock the Gators found themselves down 7-5.

Senior Ashley Demski (Parkville, MD/Loch Raven) earned her first goal of the afternoon with 3:57 to go, but Jen Phan scored what would be the game-winning goal just 33 seconds later to make the score 8-6. Demski would add her second goal with 2:20 to go, but the Gators couldn't find the back of the net at the end of the game, coming out on the short side of a close matchup.

Gator goalie Emily Langton (Mays Landing, NJ/Holy Spirit) made eight saves while allowing a career-low eight goals. Langton also picked up a team-high six ground balls in the loss.

In addition to her two goals, Allison Terry tallied an assist, five ground balls, three draw controls and had three caused turnovers. Lauren Terry also had three draw controls with three ground balls while sophomore Ashley Cumberland (Baltimore, MD/Kenwood) earned two draw controls and two ground balls.

Velena Taylor made six stops in goal for the Panthers to earn the victory. Phylicia Gerdner added a goal and six ground balls with two caused turnovers to help the Ferrum effort, while Cara Jacobs and Phan each had two goals in the game.

The last time Notre Dame allowed eight goals or less came in a 15-5 Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) win against Cedar Crest on April 22, 2007.

The Gators have been outscored by a combined 11-1 margin in the opening five minutes in their four games so far this season.

Three of the Gators four games have also been decided by two goals or less, as Notre Dame opened the season with a 19-18 win against Mount Saint Vincent, followed by a 14-12 loss against Westfield State on Sunday and Monday's 8-7 defeat to Ferrum.

Notre Dame will next play nine days from today, opening its CSAC schedule at Cabrini next Wednesday. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.

2010-03-16



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