DELAND, Fla. – Despite two goals apiece from Danielle Horgan and Lindsay Summers, the Stetson University lacrosse team succumbed to a hot Elon Phoenix team, 18-6, Friday afternoon at the Athletic Training Center.
The Phoenix reeled off 11 goals in the first half and seven in the second to stay undefeated (4-0) in A-Sun play, while the Hatters scored three in each half for their six during their first ever meeting with Elon.
Stetson jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead a half a minute in the contest, with an unassisted goal by Horgan, but then Elon scored twice in a 90 second span, to take a 2-1 lead. The Hatters tied things up just 45 seconds following the Phoenix’s second score, off of Summers’ stick and it was 2-2 with 23 minutes remaining in the half.
Unfortunately, that is as close it would get for Stetson as Elon proceeded to put another nine goals in the SU net before the whistle sounded on the first half. The Hatters mustered just one more goal during the contests’ first 30 minutes, making it 11-3, heading into the locker room.
It was much of the same story in the second half as Elon came out firing, scoring the second half’s first three goals to go up 14-3, before Mary Kate O’Sullivan added a goal off of a free position shot for the Hatters fourth goal of the afternoon.
Stetson scores No. 5 and 6 came sandwiched in between an Elon goal, with about 10 minutes remaining. Assisted by Maylis Broderick, Christina Loya put the ball past Phoenix goalie Rachel Ramirez for her team leading 18th goal of the year. Then, just four minutes later Loya assisted Summers for her second and final score of the afternoon. Elon tacked on a final score in the waning minutes of the second half to cap off the 12 point victory.
In the loss goal keeper Caili Guilday made nine saves to push her nation leading total to 188. The Hatters made 11 total saves to the Phoenix’s eight as back up keeper Whitney Meyers made a pair of stops. Ground balls were close as Elon picked up four to Stetson’s 10 and the same goes for draw controls as Stetson won 11, while Elon took 15.
Individually, Horgan had the most points with her two goals and one assists for a grand total of three. Loya took the most shots with three, while Guilday and Amanda Parker scooped up the most ground balls with two apiece. Summers was tops in draw controls for Stetson, Friday with her four.
With the loss, Stetson moved to 1-15 on the year and 1-3 in the A-Sun but still have a very good chance at clinching a spot in the A-Sun Tournament, scheduled for May 2-4th in Jacksonville. All the Hatters have to do to clinch a No. 3 seed in the tournament is beat Howard on Sunday and then hope for a Detroit loss to Kennesaw State. In order to claim a No. 4 spot, Stetson has to beat Howard and then hope KSU loses to the Titans.
The Hatters take on the Bison, Sunday at 1 p.m., at the ATC in the regular season finale. Last season Stetson defeated Howard (18-13) in Washington, D.C., for its second and final conference victory. This will mark the first time the two schools have met up in the Sunshine State.
Sunday’s contest is free for fans to attend and those that can't make it out to the ATC can watch on HatterVision or follow via Live Stats on gohatters.com. The @StetsonLacrosse Twitter feed and Hat-Alerts are also available for in-game updates as well.