No. 20 Crusaders Hold off McDaniel

SELINSGROVE, Pa. Susquehanna held off a 10-goal second-half performance from vesting McDaniel to win 16-12 and capture its 13th victory of the season. The Crusaders used 13 goals in the opening half to help prevent the Green Terror from completing the comeback.

Emma Ehler (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), Ally Bauer (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and Michelle McGinniss (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) all picked up hat tricks with Bauer and Ehler also adding one assist apiece.

McDaniel (6-11) actually out-shot SU (13-1) 38-31 and while Susquehanna had 16 draw controls to the Green Terror's 15, McDaniel had 10 draw controls in the second half.

Starting goalie Emily Stankaitis (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) played the first 57-plus minutes of the game and racked up 16 saves in the process.

The game started out all SU as the team jumped out to an 8-0 lead after less than 20 minutes of play in the half. McDaniel netted back-to-back goals but the Crusaders rattled off five more unanswered goals over the final 6:37 to go into the break up 13-2.

The second half was a different story as McDaniel out-scored Susquehanna 10-3. The Green Terror put together three-goal and five-goal stretches and scored two goals in the final 1:40 for the 16-12 game. Fortunately for SU, time ran out on McDaniel and the Crusaders grabbed the win.

Susquehanna closes out the regular season with a 1:00 p.m. Landmark Conference game at Drew on Saturday afternoon.

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SELINSGROVE, Pa. No. 20 Susquehanna built a 13-2 halftime lead and staved off a furious McDaniel second-half rally to notch a 16-12 non-conference women's lacrosse victory on Wednesday.

Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) and Danielle Entrot (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) paced the Green Terror (6-11) with a pair of hat tricks in the team's final game of the season.

Emma Ehler led three three-goal performances for the Crusaders (13-1), adding an assist.

Keyed by three goals from Michelle McGinniss, Susquehanna jumped out to an 8-0 lead over the game's first 19:42. After a Brynn Reid-to-Erin Dyer connection with 27:12 to play, McGinniss scored twice in a 48-second span to make it a 3-0 game with 25:09 remaining in the first half.

Ally Bauer started her hat trick 41 seconds later before Ehler hit her first goal on a free-position attempt with 21:50 showing.

Messersmith and Entrot each finished solo runs 46 seconds apart to cut the deficit to 8-2 with 7:00 to play in the opening half before Bauer completed her hat trick to start another 5-0 run to the break.

Emma Jones stretched the lead to 14-2 with 25:14 to play in the second half before Chelsea Watkins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) found Entrot 1:17 later to start the rally.

Watkins added an unassisted goal with 22:37 to play before Mary Tokolish (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) finished a solo run with 20:52 on the clock to close the gap to 14-5.

Ehler stretched the advantage back to double digits on a free-position goal 42 seconds later before the Green Terror tallied seven of the game's final eight goals.

Watkins netted her second with 15:52 on the clock before Messersmith hit a free-position shot 1:05 later.

Steph Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) found Kerry Campbell (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) to make it a 15-8 game with 11:10 to play.

Nichols tallied her first goal of the season with 7:31 remaining before Messersmith closed the deficit to 15-10 at the 3:19 mark.

Ehler stretched the lead back to six 31 seconds later before Anna Beaudry (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) and Entrot set the final margin in the final 1:40.

McDaniel finished with a 38-31 advantage in shots, including 29-7 in the second half.

Messersmith added eight draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover. Nichols grabbed six ground balls and four draw control while Watkins had five ground balls.

2012-04-25



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