Smithfield, R.I. (May 1, 2015) – The Mount St. Mary's University women's lacrosse team's 2015 season came to a close with a 15-6 defeat at the hands of second-seeded Wagner in the Northeast Conference Semifinals on Friday night at the Bryant Turf Complex. Senior Erin Seipp (Towson, Md.) paced the Mount's attack with a goal and an assist.
The third-seeded Mountaineers (6-11), which doubled their win total from a year ago, had six different players score on the night. On the defensive end, First Team All-NEC Goalkeeper Steph Rurkowski (Manlius, N.Y.) made nine saves in the game.
After a back-and-forth first 10 minutes, Wagner (9-9) tallied the next seven goals to seize control of the contest to advance to Sunday's NEC Championship Game to face top-seeded Bryant.
"We're really proud about the growth of our team over the season," Mount St. Mary's Head Coach Lauren Schwarzmann said. "This certainly isn't the way we wanted to end things, and a lot of credit to Wagner. They played a really good game."
"I think we had a lot of turnovers and got a little frazzled in the first half and couldn't dig ourselves out of the hole," Schwarzmann added. "Our seniors did a great job this entire season of leading us, and we're looking forward to a really bright future for our program."
Olivia Streilein, one of three Wagner players with a hat trick on the night, began the scoring with a shot past Rurkowski 4:44 into the game off an assist from Shea Gegan.
The Mountaineers leveled the scoring when senior Megan Gluck (South Riding, Va.) netted a free position to the bottom left-hand corner with 22:21 left in the half.
Lauren Ednie put the Bulldogs back on top at 2-1 less than a minute later, but the Mount answered right back when Molly Morris (Silver Spring, Md.) caught a Seipp pass in traffic in front of the cage and scored to even things up at 2-2.
From there, Wagner upped the offensive pressure with six more goals before halftime for an 8-2 lead. The Seahawks' final goal of the half came on Jessica Mills' strike with 4.8 seconds showing on the clock.
Out of the half, Wagner scored first in the opening two minutes, but Seipp's free position goal from straight away cut the deficit to 9-3 just over four minutes into the half.
Back-to-back goals from Gretchen Fay put Wagner's lead up to 11-3. NEC All-Rookie Team member Marley Heller (Baltimore, Md.) broke up the Seahawks' run when she drove to the cage from the right side and beat Wagner goalkeeper Katie Ferraro with 20 minutes remaining.
Wagner went on to tack on four more goals over the next 10 minutes before NEC Rookie of the Year Nicole Lantuh (Bethesda, Md.) and sophomore Sammie Knapp (Cub Hill, Md.) scored in the final seven minutes.
Mount St. Mary's outshot Wagner, 15-13, in the second half after being outshot by a 22-5 margin in the first 30 minutes. Heller scooped up a team-best three ground balls for the Mountaineers, which finished with 13 ground balls to Wagner's 16.
The Mount graduates four seniors in Seipp, Gluck, Hayley Tomilson (West Chester, Pa.) and NEC Defensive Player of the Year Melissa Cox (Bel Air, Md.), but will return 16 letterwinners for next year's team.
Heller and Cox were named to the NEC All-Tournament Team for their play versus Wagner.
GAME NOTES: Mount St. Mary's was competing in the Northeast Conference Tournament for the 16th time in 18 years in the league… The Mount falls to 8-14 all-time in the NEC Tournament… The Mountaineers are now 15-6 in the series versus Wagner, including a 1-1 mark in NEC Tournament games.
-- Mount St. Mary's University Athletics--