Old Westbury Loses to Bard on Raptors' 2nd-Half Surge

PATCHOGUE, NY - SUNY College at Old Westbury got off to a great start on Saturday evening but couldn't keep up the pace in the second half, as the Panthers lost to the Bard Raptors, 12-8, at Danzi Stadium. The loss moved the Panthers to 1-4 on the season while Bard opened at 1-0.

Courtney Gallagher, Sara Bey and Jessica Walker scored two goals apiece for Old Westbury, while Maria Dischley recorded career-highs of six draw controls and six ground balls to go along with four caused turnovers and her fourth goal of the season. Gallagher also added five ground balls while Bey scooped up four and had three draw controls. Goalkeeper Jackie Cartagena finished with seven saves.

Old Westbury netted game tying goals by Gabriella DiPierno (27:14), Gallagher (23:42) and Dischley (18:23) in the early going before Stephanie LaMont scored a goal with 15:34 left to put Bard ahead for good. Down, 5-3, Walker rattled the back of the cage for her first goal of the season to make it a one goal game with 9:06 remaining. Bard tallied two more goals and the Panthers answered with scores by Bey (2:28) and Gallagher (0:30) to make it a tight 7-6 game at the half.

However, Bard scored the first three goals to open the second half with a 10-6 lead. Walker scored her second goal of the game to slice the deficit to three goals with 11:03 showing on the clock. Following Joanna Regan's fifth goal of the game for Bard, Bey registered her second goal of the game at 7:32 before LaMont tallied her third goal with three minutes remaining to seal the victory.

Bard finished with a 13-10 edge in draw controls and a 24-22 advantage in shots. Bard's Winta Mehari allowed six goals and made three saves in the first half and Clara Sekowski took over for the final 30 minutes, surrendering two goals while making one save.

Old Westbury returns to the field for a non-conference battle on Wednesday (Mar. 19) against the Vassar Brewers in Poughkeepsie, New York. Start time is slated for 4:00 p.m. from Weinberg Field.


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