Gordon Takes One-Goal Victory Over Salve Regina

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. Senior Katie Knaus (Kensington, Conn.) scored seven goals to lead Gordon College past Salve Regina University, 14-13, in The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Gaudet Field.

Senior Molly Lawry (Iowa City, Iowa) and sophomore Jordan Alexander (Portland, Maine) each added two goals for the Fighting Scots (1-2, 1-1 TCCC), who earned their first win of the season. Senior Sarah Baker (Summit, N.J.) scored five times and added an assist for the Seahawks (1-4, 0-2 TCCC), who dropped their second-consecutive one-goal TCCC contest.

Alexander and K. Kraus staked Gordon to an early 2-0 lead, but goals from Baker and senior Angelina Campbell (Falmouth, Maine) knotted the game at two nine minutes in. The two schools traded the next four goals (4-4) before SRU received goals by sophomore Sarah Livingston (Westford, Mass.), junior Nicole Viola (Scarborough, Maine), and senior Carin Heaney (Spofford, N.H.) to grab a 7-4 lead with 11:06 to play in the first.

The Fighting Scots closed the half on a 7-0 run to take an 11-8 lead into halftime. Knaus found the back of the net three times for Gordon while Alexander, Lawry, senior Maggie Roth (Saco, Maine), and sophomore Jocie Knaus (Kensington, Conn.) also tallied markers. The Seahawks outshot Gordon 16-14 in the first half.

The scoring dropped off drastically in the second half as each team tightened up defensively. Livingston and Baker scored in the opening five minutes to bring SRU to within a goal at 11-10 before Gordon answered with goals by Lawry at 25:33, K. Knaus at 24:57, and sophomore Hala Coker (East Falmouth, Mass.) to push the lead to 14-10. The Seahawks rallied late, getting goals by Baker at 16:16, Viola at 15:29, and Baker again at 1:22 to make it 14-13, but they could not get the equalizer despite receiving a late free position attempt.

"Overall, we played pretty well," said Seahawks head coach Jen Eldridge. "We need to tighten up on defense, and we did. We played much better in our own end in the second half. It's still early in the season, and these are learning experiences that we're going to keep building on. Still, these losses are never easy to take."

The Seahawks outshot the Fighting Scots 33-26 on the afternoon and held a 21-17 edge in ground balls. Viola and Livingston each finished the afternoon with two goals and an assist for the Seahawks while freshman Danielle Marconian (Belmont, Mass.) scooped up a team-high five ground balls. Lawry nabbed a team-high four ground balls for Gordon. Freshman Amelia Viestra (Concord, Mass.) recorded 12 saves to earn the win for Gordon while sophomore Natalie Balletta (Leominster, Mass.) stopped seven Fighting Scots shots.

Salve Regina returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Regis (Mass.) for a 4:00 p.m. contest. Gordon hosts Colby-Sawyer Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.


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