WILA Championship Stays in St. Louis; Rangers Fall to Lindenwood 18-12
St. Charles, Mo.: The battle for the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association regular season took place today but unfortunately it went the way of the defending WILA champions in #15 Lindenwood.
Lindenwood took the second meeting between the two teams by a score of 18-12. Lindenwood (13-1, 8-0 WILA) scored the first two goals of the game before Regis (8-5, 6-2 WILA) notched the next three with two of them from St. Louis area native Margaret Nahrup.
Lindenwood scored the next four goals to take a 6-3 lead with 13:42 left in the first half. Nahrup and Emily Elkins scored back-to-back goals for Regis to cut the lead to 6-5 with just over 10 minutes left.
That would be the closest the Rangers would get the rest of the way but did cut the lead to 9-6 following a goal by Hilary Duda with 1:14 remaining in half number one.
Regis fell behind 17-8 with 11:26 left in the game but made a late push. Regis scored four of the final five goals but it was too little, too late and Regis fell 18-12.
The Rangers, who usually out draw control their opponents, were beaten in draw controls by a 20-12 count. Lindenwood was a perfecdt 6-for-6 in free position shots, while Regis was just 2-for-5. The Rangers did force Lindenwood into 17 turnovers and got 15 groundballs compared to 12 for the Lions.
Nahrup led the Rangers with five goals while Emily Behr connected on three. Emily Elkins chipped in with two, while Behr and Danica Cutshall each collected two assists. Behr led the team with four groundballs and also caused two turnovers.
The Rangers will play at McKendree on Saturday afternoon.