DETROIT – Despite a hat trick from Mary Kate O’Sullivan, the Stetson University lacrosse team came up just short in its first trip to the Motor City as it fell to Detroit, 11-6, Saturday afternoon. O’Sullivan combined with Ana Baranowski for five of the six Hatter goals as Baranowski scored a pair in the loss.
Detroit began the contest, defending its home turf as it got off to a 5-0 lead in the game’s first 11 minutes. Then O’Sullivan, assisted by Jill Chiachetti, Baranowski and Danielle Horgan, reeled off three scores in succession to bring the Hatters within a pair. The hat trick was completed in just an eight minute stretch and gave O’Sullivan a dozen on the season.
Stetson’s rally would be quickly brought to a halt as the Titans netted two more goals in the next two and a half minutes to increase their lead to 7-3.
A Baranowski score to close out the first half and then begin the second one, made it 7-5 with 26.5 minutes remaining in the contest, but Detroit put home four more goals during the course of the next 25 to put the contest out of reach.
The final Stetson goal came at the 12:18 mark of the final 30 minutes, when Horgan scored her 15th of the season, the second most on the team.
Goal keeper Caili Guilday added to her nation leading saves total with 16 in the defeat, she now has 178 on the season. Her 16 stops on Saturday, matches her season high, which she accomplished one other time, vs. Oregon (Feb. 10).
Shots and saves during the contest were both close to even, with Detroit taking 30 shots to Stetson’s 27. The Hatters’ 16 saves were one more than the Titans’ 15 and SU led in ground balls with 23 to Detroit’s 18. Stetson was also nearly edged in the clears department as Detroit converted on 13 of 15 chances to the Hats’ 12-19 ratio.
Baranowski and O’Sullivan led the way for the Hatters with five shots a piece, while Guilday had the most ground balls with seven. Sam Maguire had the most Stetson draw controls with a pair.
The Hatters now 1-14 overall and 1-2 in the A-Sun, next take on Elon, Friday, Apr. 25th in DeLand at 4 p.m. That game is the first of a two game home stand for Stetson in which it closes out its season on Sunday, the 27th vs. Howard at 1 p.m., at the ATC.