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Late four-goal stretch by Hornets sinks Saints on road

Late four-goal stretch by Hornets sinks Saints on road

WINCHESTER, Va. – A late four-goal run for Shenandoah University played out to be enough for the Hornets to take the home decision over Marymount women's lacrosse on Thursday night in a non-conference matchup, 12-9. 

With a knotted up game at the half, 5-5, the Saints (6-3) opened up the scoring in the first three minutes of the restart when junior Bridgette Stacom capitalized on the free-position shot to give MU the lead for the fourth time. However, just 20 seconds later, the Hornets (6-3) came through a goal 20 seconds later to ignite a three-goal stretch to pull ahead by two. 

By the 17:09 mark in the second half, senior Kellen Cannon regained the momentum for Marymount with a free-position goal of her own to spur a three-goal stretch for the Saints. The other two finishes were by senior Abby Wescott, who finished with a tied game-high four points. 

Retaking the lead by one, 9-8, with 13 minutes left in the game, Marymount found itself with a lot of time left, but couldn't find the back of the net anymore. On the other side of the field, Shenandoah worked the defense. 

Drawing three fouls inside the eight-meter fan, the Hornets capitalized for three-straight free-position goals and solidified the game with another finish in the final two minutes to take the 12-9 decision. 

Turnovers played a big role against the Saints, totaling 21 for the game compared to the 12 by the Hornets. Of the 21, 15 were caused by SU. 

Marymount was strong on the draw, winning 15 of the 23, including 10 of the 11 in the first half. Stacom sealed up a game-high six, while Cannon and senior Liah Agouras combined for seven. 

Beyond the four points by Wescott, Cannon, junior Jessica Crew and sophomore Eliana Cassel each put away two goals while Stacom added one. 

Junior Holly Reik tended the cage for the full 60 minutes, finishing with 11 saves, the fifth game this season she's totaled double-figure saves. 

The women return home for their next two games, hosting Stockton University for the final non-conference game of the regular season on Tuesday, March 27. Start time is set for 4 p.m., at Long Bridge Park.