LACROSSE loses on senior day
Edward Rudman – Sports Writer
Women’s lacrosse lost a back-and-forth battle against the University of New Haven 13-10 on Monday, April 26 at Jess Dow Field.
The game was close throughout with the score tied at 10-10 with under six minutes left to play, but the Chargers were able to take control and scored three unanswered goals to end the game.
This was the Owls most competitive game against a ranked program to date this season and it shows the progression the team has made in the last two years, according to Head Coach Kevin Siedlecki.
“I probably say once a week, we are going to beat a ranked appointment eventually. It might be this week and it might be next week or it might be next year, but we are going to beat a ranked opponent,” said Siedlecki. “We have to recognize that it could be any day and today was almost the day.”
The Owls came out in the first half with an aggressive game plan that saw them out shoot and score the Chargers leading into halftime.
They jumped out to 2-0 lead to start the game, which the Chargers were able to respond and equalize by tying it up at 2-2. The Owls then rattled off three unanswered goals to give themselves their largest lead of the game at 5-2.
UNH was able to find the back of the net one more time in the first half and the score going into the intermission was 5-3.
Attacker Karlie Rowe, a junior, scored four goals in the game and two of them came in the first half barrage the Owls put together. Rowe leads the team with 12 goals on the season, according to Southern’s athletic website.
“Offensively, you just have to find a weakness in their defense and you need to expose it as much as you can before they catch on,” said Rowe. “So obviously, we found a weakness early on in the game.”
For the start of the second half, the Chargers made the necessary adjustments to get back into the game and scored three quick goals to take their first lead of the game at 6-5.
The teams traded goals afterwards which tied the game at 7-7 up until midfielder Mia Pulisciano, a junior, scored the lead taking goal for the Owls.
With the game at 8-7, the Chargers scored twice to take back the lead at 9-8. Midfielder Molly Kelly, a junior, came up with the equalizer to even the score up at 9-9.
The two teams then traded goals for the last time in the matchup leaving it at 10-10 with the final minutes in the game remaining.
The Chargers were able to take control and scored three goals to put away the game.
“I thought it was a good team effort and everyone put 100 percent in and even the players off the field were cheering us on and that helped a lot,” said Kelly. “Everyone was there to play today.”
The Owls won 13 draw controls on the day, compared to UNH’s 11. Midfielder Kelly Jagodzinski, a junior, notched nine out of the 13 draws, her second most in a game this season and she leads the team with 38 on the year, according to Southern’s athletic website.
“Winning the draws, it creates more offensive opportunities, so I knew that we needed to step up and win them and communicate always, even if we lost the draws, but I think we did a really good job on controlling it tonight,” said Jagodzinski. “It was a great team effort and I know UNH was shook up in the beginning, so I’m glad we came out that strong.”