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Scots take on conference opponents

March 24, 2017

The women’s lacrosse team played in two away games this past week, the first being against Aurora University in a conference matchup on Sunday.

Monmouth took control of the opening draw but the Spartans took advantage of a turnover and scored just a little over a minute into the game. The Scots could not get anything going after giving up that early goal, only attempting two shots in the first half. Monmouth did however get seven saves from goalkeeper Elizabeth Reasoner in the first half and the Scots forced ten turnovers. Aurora would hold a 10-0 lead over Monmouth at the break.

The Scots came out looking like a different team in the second half. Not even a minute went by before Kara-Jade Gordon scored her sixteenth goal of the season. Gordon then drew control on the face off and thirteen seconds later netted another goal to cut into the Spartans lead even more. Aurora would stretch their lead back to ten before Monmouth senior Ashley Castellanos scored her third goal of the season. With twenty minutes left in the game Gordon scored her third goal of the game and eighteenth of the season. The Scots would not score again and Aurora would come away with the win 18-4.

On Monday the Scots would travel to Benedictine College for another conference matchup. Monmouth would get off to a slow start, falling behind 4-0 fifteen minutes into the game. Rachael Leifheit netted Monmouth’s first goal off an assist from Ashley Castellanos to pull the Scots within three. After Benedictine scored with ten minutes left in the half Castellanos scored to pull the Scots back within three goals. Benedictine went into the half leading 6-2.

Monmouth got off to another slow start in the second half and Benedictine took a 9-2 lead. The Scots looked to mount a comeback as Kara-Jade Gordon scored twice in less than thirty seconds for the second game in a row. Benedictine responded with four straight goals of their own. Monmouth would score five more goals, three from Gordon, but it wasn’t enough as they lost to Benedictine 18-9.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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