March 16, 2014

Lady Barons Lose to Lourdes College 12-9

LATROBE, Pa. – Playing three games in four days caught up with Lady Baron lacrosse as Franciscan struggled out of the gate in a 12-9 loss to Lourdes College. The game was played on a neutral site at St. Vincent College making it the third day of travel in four days for the team.

The exhaustion set in early, with the Gray Wolves scoring just 18 seconds into the game. Lourdes then score two more in the next five minutes, putting FUS in a hole they could never quite climb out of.

"That's never how you want to start a game. That just right away puts you into a defeatist mentality," head coach Maura Conant said. "Whenever someone scores right off the draw like that, you have to be able to rebound from that quickly and we were just sloppy."

Sophomore attack Tracy McClelland scored next, bring the Lady Barons within two but despite 11 first half saves from freshman goalie Savannah Ruhe, the snowball kept building. The first half ended with Lourdes up 8-3.

Everything changed in the second half with FUS improving in almost every statistical category. The Lady Barons won 7 of 11 second half draw controls, outshot Lourdes by one and outscored the Gray Wolves by two and pulled within two goals with over eight minutes left.

"The second half was better than the first for sure," Conant said. "The seven draw control definitely helped lead to the better second half."

McClelland, a co-captain, led Franciscan in scoring three goals but the FUS offense was even and balanced through the final 30 minutes. Junior midfielder Jess Bestgen and sophomore attack Cara Egan each finished with two goals and Conant said Egan's play was one of the major positives of the game.

"Cara's movement was really great," Conant said. "We've seen it from her in practice but this was her best game so far."

Also with one of her better games of the season was goalkeeper Savannah Ruhe who kept FUS in the game in the first half and finished with 15 saves and 12 allowed goals.

"Whenever a goalie has more saves than goals allowed you know they're really keeping you in the game," Conant said. "She had a tough game against Wilmington but today she really came out strong."

The Lady Barons will get a few days to rest but not many as they're set to play Mount Union College on Wednesday, March 19 at Bethany College at 4 pm.

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