Women’s lacrosse struggles over Spring Break

By Mike Woolf

The Benedictine Women’s Lacrosse team played three contests this past week, losing all three. All three games were played on the road, as the Eagles made a Spring Break trip to Georgia.

Against Berry College on Monday, Benedictine struggled offensively, scratching across just one goal. That goal came from McKall Pugliese, her seventh of the season. Berry dominated the rest of the way, led by Kim Fischer, who notched four goals. Kristan Dziurzynski and Elizabeth Flatt each chipped in three goals of their own, helping Berry to a 16-1 victory.

On Wednesday, the Eagles played against Sewanee University and offense was once again a problem for them, as they were held to one goal. Sewanee scored the first two goals of the game, one from Molly Arnold and another from Olivia Vietor. Benedictine answered quickly with a goal from Hannah Payne less than two minutes later. However, that was all Benedictine would get, falling 20-1.

Saturday’s contest against Fontbonne marked the first ever conference game for the program, and it turned out to be an extremely competitive contest. The Eagles found themselves playing from behind early on, with Fontbonne recording the first two goals of the afternoon. Benedictine quickly tied it up with two straight goals of their own from Payne and Annette Dzielski. With the game tied 3-3 in the final minute of the first half, Caitlin Strubin scored to give the Eagles a 4-3 lead into the break. The Benedictine lead extended to 5-3 early in the half on a goal from Payne, then later reached 7-5 on a goal from Pugliese. However, Tierney O’Brien scored back-to-back goals for Fontbonne, tying the game at 7-7 in the final minute and sending it to overtime. O’Brien struck again in overtime, winning the game for Fontbonne, 8-7.

Benedictine is off until April 4th when they travel to Kenosha to take on Carthage College in a conference match up.