Mount St. Mary’s Women’s Lacrosse Edged by Niagara, 12-11

Mount St. Mary’s Women’s Lacrosse Edged by Niagara, 12-11

Niagara Univ., N.Y. (March 18, 2016) – Nicole Lantuh and Molly Morris tallied three goals apiece to lead the Mount attack, but Niagara was able to hold off the Mountaineers for a 12-11 victory in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Friday.

Lantuh tallied a team-high four points (3g, 1a), and Morris registered all three of her scores in the second half to pace the Mountaineers on offense, while Kelly Maloney and Nicole Snyder chipped in with two goals each. Goalie Steph Rurkowski took the loss despite making 12 saves and posting a .500 save percentage.

Caroline Crump netted a game-high five goals and Alexis Morales added three to lead Niagara. Andrea Francisco stopped 13 shots to collect the victory in goal.

After falling behind 4-2 in the first half, the Mountaineers tallied three of the final four goals in a span of three-plus minutes before the break to send the game into halftime tied at 5-5. Lantuh brought the Mount within one on her second tally of the contest, and Maloney followed with a pair of scores to give the team its first lead of the contest, 5-4. Morales found the back of the net with 25 seconds left for Niagara to even the contest at 5-all.

The Mountaineers grabbed an 8-7 advantage at the 21:25 mark of the second half after Morris and Snyder netted back-to-back goals. Niagara responded with three straight tallies, including a pair of free-position goals, to jump back ahead, 10-8.

Mount St. Mary's scored two of the games' next three goals as Lantuh and Morris found the back of the net to cut the deficit to one, 11-10, but Morales answered with her third goal of the game with 1:35 remaining to push the Niagara lead back to two.

Snyder converted a free-position attempt with just 12 seconds left, but the Mount comeback ran out of time as the Purple Eagles escaped with a 12-11 win.

The Mountaineers wrap up their trip to western New York with a tilt at St. Bonaventure on Sunday, March 20 at 12 p.m.