Lacrosse Team Falls to UVa.-Wise, 14-8

Lacrosse Team Falls to UVa.-Wise, 14-8

BUCKHANNON – The UVa.-Wise Cavaliers held the West Virginia Wesleyan lacrosse team to their lowest offensive output in over a month as they took a 14-8 decision from the Lady Bobcats here today at Cebe Ross Field in a Mountain East Conference outing.

Since a 15-6 road loss to Shippensburg on March 12, Wesleyan had averaged 15 goals a game in their last seven contests.

Wesleyan did strike first when Madison Duvall scored an unassisted goal 3:24 into the game.

UVa.-Wise scored the next four goals over the following seven minutes to take a 4-1 lead.

Wesleyan though scored the next two goals as Natalie Schaffner and Kim Lubic found the back of the net to make it a 4-3 game with 15:22 remaining.

The Lady 'Cats went scoreless the rest of the half as UVa.-Wise closed the half on a 5-0 run to take a 9-3 lead at the break.

UVa.-Wise scored the first two goals of the second half to increase their lead to 11-3.

Wesleyan fought back as Duvall and Lubic scored within a 40-second span to trim the lead to 11-5 with 20:32 remaining.

For the next seven minutes neither team could score until Uva.-Wise tallied a goal at the 13:04 mark to take a 12-5 advantage.

Wesleyan mounted a comeback as they scored the next three goals.

Katie Kennedy, Schaffner and Samantha Pappas each scored to bring Wesleyan to within four, at 12-8, with 4:08 remaining in the game.

Wesleyan couldn't get any closer though as UVa.-Wise scored twice in the final minute for the final score of 14-8.

UVa.-Wise owned a 30-22 margin in shots and a 25-16 lead in shots-on-goal.

Wesleyan keeper Lauren Granville turned away 11 shots.

Wesleyan won 13 of the 24 draw controls.

The Lady 'Cats are now 5-8 overall and 2-3 in the MEC.

They will wrap up the regular season this Saturday on the road against Urbana at 2 p.m.

If the Lady 'Cats can defeat the one-win Urbana team, they will lock up the fourth and final play-off spot in the MEC Tournament which gets underway on April 29.