March 9, 2013

#13 Gannon Holds off Regis Women's Lacrosse

Orlando, Fla.: The Regis women's lacrosse team showed they can play with anyone in the country today as they battled 13th-ranked Gannon falling narrowly 19-17.

Regis (3-2) had leads of 2-1 and 4-3 but Gannon (1-1) scored three in a row and five of the next six goals to take a 8-5 lead with 12:26 left in the first half.  Senior Erin Dybus put a goal into the net with just two seconds left in the first stanza to cut the deficit to 10-8.

Gannon scored the first two goals of the second half to build a four-point lead and eventually stretched it to 17-11 with 14:53 left in the game.  Regis scored three in a row to cut the lead in half all done in a matter of two minutes.

The Gannon defense clamped down for the next eight minutes not allowing the Rangers to score a goal, all the while scoring two of their own.   The Rangers finally scored with 4:45 left in the game on a goal by sophomore Emily Behr.  25 seconds later sophomore Hilary Duda cut the lead to 19-16 with her third goal of the game.

The Regis defense was up to the task late in the game as they held Gannon scoreless for over six and a half minutes.  Senior Margaret Nahrup scored on an assist from freshman Abbey Chimenti with just 1:16 left in the game.  Unfortunately, that would be all the scoring from Regis and after the final buzzer the scorebord wasn't in the Rangers favor, falling 19-17.

Nahrup joined Duda with three goals in the game, while Erin Todd, Danica Cutshall, Emily Behr, and Emily Elkins all scored two goals.  Cutshall and Behr led the team with two assists apiece. 

Cutshall led the team with 12 draw controls, while Sierra Perrella led Regis with two caused turnovers.  Lombardi had three saves on the day, while playing all 60 minutes in goal.

The final game of the east coast swing will take place on Saturday afternoon as they play ranked Florida Southern.