WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Franciscan women's lacrosse team suffered a 10-4 loss to Washington & Jefferson, Saturday afternoon.
Junior goalie Brittany Bain entered the game with 159 career saves and with her 15 against the Presidents, she became the all-time save leader at Franciscan, now with 174. The Lexington Park, MD native reached the milestone in just 18 games as a Lady Baron, averaging 9.67 saves per game, two games faster than her predecessor Savannah Ruhe (2014-16) who held the record previously.
In a low scoring first half, Presidents' struck first as Caroline Kallos gave W&J a 1-0 lead 8:05 into action with an unassisted goal. The lead didn't last long, however, as junior Carly McDonald tied the game 1:55 later as freshman Blair Wonderly assisted on the goal. The Presidents' won the ensuing draw and got four shots off but the Lady Baron defense kept the Presidents' off of the board. After Galaburri caused a turnover with 17:11 to play in the half, she picked up a ground ball and completed a clear for Franciscan. Junior Elizabeth McEntee got the ball to senior Mary Krolicki for her first goal of the game and the Lady Baron lead, 2-1, with 15:56 to play.
After W&J scored two straight goals to take a 3-2 lead with 9:19 to play in the half, the Lady Barons found their equalizer with 2:34 to play as freshman Maria Hilkert scored off a pass from senior Bridget Clune for her third goal of the season. Franciscan won the following draw but was unable to get a clean shot off and the teams headed into halftime tied, 3-3.
Coming out of the break, the Presidents' used a 7-0 run over 22 minutes of game time to take the lead, 10-3, with 3:38 to play in regulation. After W&J's final goal, the Presidents won the next draw. Kallos got a shot off with 2:14 to play but Bain made her 15th stop of the contest. W&J's final shot hit the crossbar and Krolicki scooped up the ground ball and kick off a successful clear. The Lady Baron offense got the ball back to Krolicki who took it to the cage herself and scored the game's final goal to score to its final, 10-4 in favor of Washington & Jefferson.
Krolicki led the Lady Barons with a pair of goals while McDonald and Hilkert each had one. McEntee, Clune, and Wonderly each finished the day with an assist.
"Three of our four goals were assisted today," remarked Head Coach Maura Conant. "When we were able to slow down the ball on offense, we moved the ball really well."
Junior Elizabeth Jordan was tenacious for the Lady Barons as she picked up five ground balls, won three draw controls and caused a pair of turnovers. Freshman Madeline Smith caused a team-best three turnovers and picked up three ground balls.
Bain finished the day with 15 saves on 25 shots faced and picked up a pair of ground balls.
The Lady Barons will return to action on Friday, March 23 as they host Hilbert for their first home game of the season. The opening draw is set for 4:00 pm.