Saturday, April 26, 2014
Visiting North Central College staved off a Mount second half comeback attempt on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day, at Schueler Field, and went on to a 17-13 Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference victory. The Lions complete the 2014 season with a 9-7 overall mark, setting a team record for most wins in a season, and a 5-5 record in conference play. Six senior were honored before the game for the Lions - Kaitlynn Maus (Hamilton, OH/Hamilton Badin), Kaitlyn Brannon (Cincinnati, OH/Seton), Chrissy O'Hara (Cincinnati, OH/Mercy), Samantha Hughes (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain), Sarah Moderbacher (Ross, OH/Ross), and Holly Hubble (Cincinnati, OH/Loveland). A seventh senior, Maggie Frommling (Lebanon, OH/Immaculate Conception Academy), was not able to attend the game.
The Mount grabbed a 2-1 lead early in the game, but saw their opponent score a string of goals to go ahead 5-2. With the score 7-5 at the half, the two teams traded goals back-and-forth over the early part of the second half, with NCC grabbing a 9-7 advantage. A goal by Hughes with 21:09 on the second half clock knotted the score at nine-all, but the Cardinals quickly regrouped and scored the next two goals, going up by an 11-9 margin. Madie Long (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Darby) tallied a goal at 17:34 to pull the Mount to within one, 11-10, but the Lions would get no closer the rest of the way. North Central built their lead to 13-10 with just under 12 minutes to play. O'Hara talled a goal with 11:46 on the clock, to make the score 13-11, but NCC added the next two goals to go up, 15-11. The two teams traded goals in the final 7:17 of the game, with each scoring twice during that span. North Central College improved to 8-5 overall, 7-2 in the MWLC.
Hughes led the Lions with five goals in the game, and finished the season with team-high totals in goals (69) and points (80). O'Hara added two goals and an assist in the game, and finished the campaign with 39 goals, a team-leading 27 assists, and 66 points scored. Long chipped in two goals in the season finale. Bristyl Webb (Oxford, OH/Talawanda) had nine saves in goal, playing the entire 60 minutes.
The Mount out-shot North Central College, 29-27, but the Cardinals held a 26-23 edge in shots on goal.