Emmitsburg, Md. (March 4, 2017) – Mount St. Mary's University fell to Niagara, 15-11, in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday at Waldron Family Stadium. Taylor Carhart, Sammie Knapp and Kate Kinsella led the way for the Mount with three goals apiece.
Rachel MacCheyne tallied a game-high five goals while Grace Hunt added seven points on a pair of scores and five assists for Niagara. Four other Purple Eagles registered two goals each to help pace the offensive attack.
Andrea Francisco collected her second win of the season in goal with a seven-save performance, while Jillian Petito also made seven saves in net for the Mount.
Niagara followed with four straight tallies, including a pair from MacCheyne, in a span of just over four minutes to open a 7-2 lead midway through the opening half.
Kinsella and Samantha Brill of Niagara traded goals in the next minute before Taylor Carhart netted the final two goals of the period to trim the Mount deficit to 8-5 heading into the locker room.
The Purple Eagles pushed their advantage to five goals midway through the second half, but the Mount answered with tallies from Knapp and Kinsella to bring the Mountaineers within three, 12-9, with 7:33 left.
Jillian Ford and Alexis Morales made it 14-9 Niagara with consecutive goals in the ensuing two minutes, but the Mount battled back once again, tallying the next two goals as Kinsella and Carly Miller found the back of the net to once again make it a three-score game with 4:11 showing on the clock.
The Mount was held off the board in the final four-plus minutes, and Niagara added an insurance goal with just over a minute left to close out the 15-11 win.
The Mountaineers held a slight advantage in both shots (27-26) and ground balls (16-15), and the two teams were even in draw controls (14-14).
With the victory, Niagara improved to 2-1 on the year while the Mount dropped to 0-3.
The Mount is back in action for a battle with Furman on March 11 at noon.