Emmitsburg, Md. (March 22, 2015) – The Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team suffered an 11-5 loss at the hands of visiting Duquesne at Waldron Family Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Mount Goalkeeper Steph Rurkowski (Manlius, N.Y.) recorded a season-high 14 saves with seven stops in both halves.
With the score level at 4-4 at halftime, the Mount (1-6) had trouble slowing down Duquesne (3-5) in the second half as the Dukes outscored the Mount by a 7-1 margin in the final 30 minutes.
"We didn't play a complete 60 minutes today. That's our goal leading into next game," Mount St. Mary's Head Coach Lauren Schwarzmann said. "Give a lot of credit to Steph Rurkowski today, she definitely kept us in the game. She's been working really hard throughout this entire week, and we're very proud of her effort."
Five different players found the back of the net for the Mountaineers on the day beginning with the game's first goal off the stick of Kelly Maloney (Ellicott City, Md.) in the opening two minutes. The Mount took a 2-0 lead when Nicole Lantuh (Bethesda, Md.) scored on a pass from Jannel Daufenbach (South Riding, Va.) with 26:25 left in the first half.
After a Duquesne goal six minutes in, Sammie Knapp (Cub Hill, Md.) pushed the lead back up to two with her 13th goal of the season.
Over the next 10 minutes, the Dukes went on a 3-0 run with Kaitlyn DeHaven scoring two of her game-high four goals during the stretch to give the visitors a 4-3 lead.
Erin Seipp (Towson, Md.) pulled the Mount even at 4-4 heading into halftime with a free position goal with 9:37 showing on the first half clock.
The Dukes opened the second half with four-consecutive runs to gain an 8-4 advantage. Molly Morris (Silver Spring, Md.) stopped the run with a free position tally with 15:18 left to put the Mount down just three.
Duquesne answered with the final three goals of the game to pull away.
The Mountaineers held a 10-8 edge on draw controls led by a career high five for Knapp. The Dukes outshot the Mount, 33-9, and held a 26-17 advantage on ground balls. Marley Heller (Baltimore, Md.) and Alex Carhart (Manchester, Md.) secured three ground balls apiece to lead the way for the Mount.
The Mount returns to action with a home game versus Lehigh on Thursday, March 26. Opening draw from Waldron Family Stadium is set for 4 p.m.
GAME NOTE: The Mount's all-time record versus Duquesne falls to 2-4.