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W-Lax: It's Camels... by a Hair, 12-11

 Warriors rally from early deficit, score final four goals in loss

ibsen 72dpi_5745.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team took only two shots over the final seven minutes after Eastern Connecticut State University pulled to within a goal and was able to hold on for a 12-11 non-conference victory Thursday evening at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Kristianna Ibsen

Eastern (8-5) allowed the first four goals of the match and trailed by five 12 minutes into action but battled back in the second half, outscoring Conn (5-7) by three in the second half. Trailing by five, Eastern scored the final four goals of the match over a nine-minute span but was unable to score the equalizer over the final seven minutes.

Trailing by one in the final minutes, Eastern had a goal called back and also hit the post. After pulling to within 12-11 on junior midfielder Daniela Marchitto's (Orange) fifth goal of the match (42nd of the season), Eastern senior goalie Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) made two saves on free-position shots. After the first one, Eastern sophomore attack Kelsea Burkhardt (Old Saybrook) slammed one off the post. After Ibsen stopped another free position shot on Conn's next possession, the Warriors turned the ball over and freshman midfielder Cecily Cushman scooped up the ground ball and the visitors were able to maintain possession the rest of the way.

The one-goal loss was the second in the last five meetings between the programs. The Warriors were beaten, 17-3, a year ago for their eighth traight loss in the series.

Eastern sophomore Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) won 14 of 24 faceoffs against three different opponents and came up with a team-high seven ground balls. Behind Marchitto, senior attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) scored three goals - all in the second half.

Sophomore attack Lowell Abbott led Conn with five goals and senior midfielder Katelyn Driscoll had two goals, two assists and won three draws. Sophomore midfielder Izzy Marx won a team-high four draws.

Ibsen made nine saves - six in the second half - and surrendered only one goal on Conn's six free-position attempts. Conn junior Kelsey Burke stopped three Eastern shots.

Eastern hosts Plymouth State University in a 1 p.m. Little East Conference match Saturday.

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