GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The Marymount women's lacrosse season came to a close on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the ECAC DIII Championship, falling behind in the second half for a 17-10 decision against host Stockton University.
This is the second time this season these two teams have met this season, with the Saints (10-10) taking the victory on their home turf back in late March, 9-7. Marymount also squared off with the Ospreys last season in the same scenario, taking a one-goal decision over Stockton in the ECAC semifinals to advance and eventually win the program's first title.
This year's semifinal had the Saints putting away the first goal on a Kelly Campbell finish. However, Stockton followed with four-straight for the 4-1 lead less than 10 minutes in.
Marymount cut the deficit to one after junior Bridgette Stacom found junior Jessica Crew for her first of four goals of the game and senior Abby Wescott came up with one of her most prolific goals of her career. Playing tight defense on the Osprey goalkeeper, Wescott forced a turnover on the pass, scooping the loose ball and sending it into an empty net for her 300th career point.
Although SU stopped the Saint run, Marymount added two more to draw the score even for the first time at 5-5. The goals were put away by Crew and Campbell, each their second of the contest.
Trading goals including a finish by junior Gabby Albig, the Ospreys caught momentum that carried into the second half with four-straight goals to take a 10-6 advantage that wouldn't falter the rest of the way.
In the final 30 minutes, Stockton outscored the Saints, 8-4, using another stretch, this time five-goals straight, to separate itself and take the victory. In the closing eight minutes, Crew and Campbell scored a free-position goal each to get within six before Stockton put away the final goal of the game.
Even though the Saints fell, more milestones were reached beyond Wescott's 300th career point. Crew's four goals moved her into the top spot in program history in career goals with 162. She jumps SpringAnne Hatfield who finished her career with 161 in 2009. With another successful year in the ECAC Tournament, Crew was named to the All-Tournament team for the second-straight year. She was also the Tournament MVP in 2017.
Marymount finishes the program's 22nd season with a 10-10 record, a trip to the CAC postseason, and advanced as far as the ECAC semifinals for the third-straight year.