#20 Red Devils Lose Heartbreaker to #12 Messiah

(Carlisle, Pa.) The #20-ranked Dickinson College women's lacrosse team suffered a heartbreaker, falling to #12-ranked Messiah, 11-10, on Wednesday afternoon.

It was a classic battle between ranked teams as the Red Devils and Falcons traded goals throughout the entire contest. Messiah struck first as Rachel Dirksen tallied the first of her six goals on the day, finishing an assist from Grabrielle Hamelryck, just over three minutes into the game.

First-year Ali Dawson (Carle Place, N.Y./Carle Place) evened the score before Dirksen fed Lizzy Keeney to put the Falcons back in front. First-year Kelly Haglund (Chevy Chase, Md./Stone Ridge School-Sacred Heart) traded free position goals with Kiersten McGreer to give the guests a 3-2 advantage with 17:45 remaining in the first half.

Senior Taryn Abbassian (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills) and Dawson sandwiched a pair of goals around another Dirksen score to tie the game, 4-4, with 6:44 on the clock. Keeney found the net again and Dirksen put one in at the 1:12 mark to put Messiah back in front, 6-4, at halftime.

Dirksen opened the second half with a free position goal to stretch the lead to 7-4, just 41 seconds after the break. The Devils would answer with three of their own to pull even once again, with 18:38 remaining in the game. Dawson tallied a pair while senior Ella Clough (Chicago, Ill./Ignatius College Prep) added one from the center hash.

Dawson fed Haglund at the 15:06 mark to give Dickinson its first lead of the game, 8-7. The teams went back and forth from there to the final minute of the game. Cecilia Kjellman evened the score, then Dawson and Dirksen traded unassisted markers to even things again, 9-9, with 10:24 on the clock.

The Devils pulled in front once more as sophomore Val Hoffman (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) finished on a great feed from Haglund with just 4:35 left to play.

It would be Dirksen again to bring Messiah back even, driving to the goal and scoring less than a minute later. The Devils won the draw but Dirksen came up big again, causing a turnover and assisting Kjellman for the game-winner with 2:41 remaining in regulation.

The Devils again won the draw but lost possession. Messiah was able to hold the ball and run out the clock as they improve to 3-0 on the season.

Dirksen led the Falcons with a game-high six goals and two assists, adding three draw controls. Taylor Phillips made five saves on goal for Messiah.

Dawson had another big afternoon, scoring five goals and dishing out an assist. She added six draw controls and was 2 for 3 on free positions. Haglund tallied two goals and an assist while sophomore Brett Whelan (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) controlled six draws as well.

Junior Amanda Morse (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) made some big saves in the Red Devil cage. She finished with nine saves and a pair of ground balls.

The Red Devils slip to 2-3 overall. They are home again on Saturday, hosting York College at 12:00 pm.


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