Late Rally Falls Short for Warriors Against King's

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Junior Grace Gargiulo (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) and sophomore Brooke Strausser (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser Area) combined for nine goals, but a late rally to pull within a goal with 2:30 left fell short, as King's (Pa.) posted a 14-12 win in MAC action on a cool, overcast day at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

Down by five goals halfway through the second half, Strausser ignited a Warriors' rally with an unassisted tally with 14:20 remaining. Two minutes later, Gargiulo connected on a free-position shot and freshman Ashley Landis (Watsontown, Pa./Warrior Run) found the back of the net on a free-position opportunity with 8:33 left to come within two goals.

Gargiulo made it a one-goal game with 2:30 left, connecting on another free-position attempt and the Warriors (1-7 overall, 1-3 MAC) took possession after the draw control, the Monarchs (2-4 overall, 1-3 MAC) were able to get the insurance goal as Krystina Villarreal scored on an assist from Sarah O'Doherty with 1:02 left. Gargiulo put the Warriors in position for another late-goal, drawing a free-position attempt with 22 seconds left, but the shot was blocked.

The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first half, as Strausser and Landis each scored before the Monarchs answered with two goals and the teams again traded two goals apiece as Gargiulo and senior Kate Isennock (Sparks, Md./Hereford) scored.

As the half wound down, the Warriors took the lead, as Strausser found Gargiulo for a tying goal before finding the net herself on a free-position shot with 2:32 left.

In the second half, the Monarchs took control with an opening 7-1 run in the first 15 minutes before the Warriors closed the gap late.

Gargiulo led the Warriors with five goals, an assist, 11 groundballs and six caused turnovers. Strausser posted four goals, an assist, seven groundballs and four draw controls and Landis notched two goals and four groundballs. Isennock posted a goal, an assist, two groundballs and two draw controls. Sophomore Lindsay Schilling (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) added seven groundballs, as the Warriors picked up 44 to King's 35 in the game.

Villarreal posted five goals and an assist to go with eight draw controls and five groundballs to lead the Monarchs and Chelsea Manes added three goals and two assists. She also notched five draw controls. Amanda Harney posted three goals and six groundballs and Sarah O'Doherty posted two goals and an assist.

In net, Megan Withrow earned the win with seven saves for the Monarchs. Junior Kristina Maurer (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Marian Catholic) posted 10 saves in 30 minutes before yielding to senior Libby Stoesz (Akron, Pa./Conestoga Valley) added three saves in the second half.

The Warriors get back on the field on Wednesday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. when they travel to Lebanon Valley for a MAC match.


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