CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy women's lacrosse fell 10-8, to Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action at Ritchie Field.
The Chargers scored three-unanswered goals to the open up the first half before the Mariners answered with back-to-back goals to close the gap to 3-2 at 12:34. Colby-Sawyer went on a two-goal run to close out the first half with a 5-2 lead.
Facing a three-goal deficit, senior Ashlee Knight (Anson, Maine) shook off her defender and found the back of the net, to bring the Mariners within two (5-3), to start the second half.
The Chargers went on a three-goal run to take an 8-3 lead, but the Mariners continued to battle, exchanging goals twice with Colby-Sawyer to make it 10-5 with 8:39 remaining. Knight found Madison Barry (Stoneham, Mass.) in front of the net at 7:41, for her second goal of the day, sparking a three-goal run in the closing minutes of play. Senior Briana Obshatkin (Dedham, Mass.) caused a turnover and the Mariners took three last-minute shots at net, but the comeback fell short as the Chargers took the 10-8 victory.
Senior Tori Cooper (Saco, Maine) led the Mariners with a hat trick and an assist, while also scooping up three ground balls and tallying three draw controls. Barry ended the afternoon with two goals, one assist and a draw control. Knight, Shelby O'Neil (Bar Harbor, Maine) and Haley Eckert (Harrington, Maine) added the other goals for the Mariners, while all dishing out assists. Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) and O'Neil led the Mariners defensively with two caused turnovers each and Christina Wilson (East Granby, Conn.) scooped up a game-high seven ground balls.
Nicole Lavinge led the Chargers with a hat trick and two assists, while also tallying a game-high six draw controls, scooping up two ground balls and causing a turnover. Sierra Schuster and Cali Chiodo added two goals each, while Schuster also led the team with four ground balls and four caused turnovers.
In net for the Mariners, Sierra James (Campton, N.H.) tallied 10 saves, while Colby-Sawyer's Meghan Castellano earned the victory in net for her first-half performance, tallying eight saves and Kailyn Lapham added seven saves in the second half.
The Mariners fall to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference, while the Chargers improve to 9-3 overall and 6-1 in NAC play. The Mariners return to action on Wednesday, April 19 when they host Thomas College for a 4:30 pm conference matchup.