JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Stetson lacrosse team’s inaugural season came to an end on Friday, as the third seeded Hatters (2-14) were defeated by second seeded Detroit (5-13) by a score of 21-7 in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in Jacksonville.
The Titans’ Kylie Birney scored off of an assist from Tessa Keuler in the first minute of play which ignited an 8-2 run to start the game, and Detroit never looked back. After Stetson freshman and all-conference player Danielle Horgan tied the game at 1-1 just over four minutes into the game, A-Sun Player of the Year Zaynib Hamze countered with a pair of goals to quickly take the advantage back for the Titans.
Stetson freshman Maylis Broderick scored with 20:30 to play in the first half to keep the Hatters close, making it 3-2, but five straight scores, including two from Hamze, gave Detroit the considerable six goal advantage.
Horgan struck again, and freshman Paige Levesque scored twice to bring life back into the Stetson squad, making it 9-5 with just 7:42 to play in the period. Before the frame ended, however, Detroit scored four more to take a 13-5 lead into the break.
The second half proved to be uneventful, as the Titans outscored the Hatters 8-2 to cruise to the 21-7 victory, and advance to the first ever A-Sun Women’s Lacrosse Championship game. Levesque and freshman Mary Kate O’Sullivan found the back of the net for Stetson in the second half.
Levesque led the Hatters with three goals and four draw controls. Horgan added two goals and two draw controls in the loss. Broderick and O’Sullivan, another all-conference honoree, each finished the day with one goal and one assist.
Freshman Melanie Fredericks also added an assist, while freshman Amanda Parker led Stetson with six ground balls and two caused turnovers. Freshmen Caili Guilday and Whitney Meyers split time in goal. The former made seven saves in 40 minutes, and the latter stopped one shot in 20 minutes between the pipes.
Stetson finished its inaugural season with an overall record of 2-14, after winning its final two contests of the regular season. The young Hatters squad will look to improve upon that mark next season.