Freshman Danielle Horgan scored the first two goals of her
career as the Stetson lacrosse team (0-3) fell to UC Davis (1-1) by a score of
18-4 on Sunday afternoon. The four goals
were a season best for the Hatters.
"This game was definitely much better than our first two,"
Stetson head coach Nicole Moore said. "We're seeing development within our
program and with our individuals. What's
most important for us as coaches is helping our players understand what our
goals are as a program. We left this game focused on the positives that came
out of it."
For the second time in Stetson's first three contests, the
Hatters scored first on Sunday. Just
over four minutes into the game Stetson was awarded a free position. Freshman Noelle Morabito stepped up to the
circle, took a few strides, and put the Hatters up 1-0 early on.
The Aggies countered with a score less than 30 seconds later
and then tacked on two more to take a 3-1 lead less than seven minutes into
play. Stetson fought back though, as
Horgan scored the first of her two goals on the day with 23:04 left in the
first. Freshman Mary Kate O'Sullivan
found Horgan in the middle of the field before the midfielder went in for the
first score of her career.
UC Davis then rattled off seven straight goals to take a
10-2 lead with 9:22 remaining in the half.
Hannah Mirza highlighted the run with three goals during the stretch.
Stetson came back with a goal with just 4:08 remaining in
the first half to make it 10-3. Horgan
tallied her second score of the game, this time on a free position. Unfortunately, UC Davis scored three more to
go into the break with a 13-3 advantage.
The Aggies outscored the Hatters 5-1 in the second
half. Five different UC Davis players
found the back of the net in the final 30 minutes of action. Freshman Paige Levesque was the Stetson
player who put one on the board, scoring her second goal of the year off of an
assist from sophomore Samantha Akl.
UC Davis outshot Stetson 43-11, forcing the Hatter
goalkeepers to make 16 saves. Freshman
Whitney Meyers recorded six in the first half, while freshman Caili Guilday
stopped 10 shots in the second 30 minutes.
Stetson turned the ball over 23 times to the Aggies' 12,
which led to a 25-16 UC Davis advantage in ground balls. Stetson was 2-of-5 on free position attempts
and held the Aggies without a free position for the entire game. UC Davis finished with 18 draw controls to
Horgan led the Hatters with two goals, and added one ground
ball and one caused turnover. Freshman
Maylis Broderick led Stetson with three ground balls and added two caused
turnovers. Morabito also caused two
turnovers and picked up two ground balls. Akl and Levesque each finished with
two draw controls.
The Hatters will now look forward to a busy week beginning
with a home tilt against William & Mary on Saturday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m. Stetson will then host Presbyterian on
Tuesday, March 5, and welcome Campbell to the Athletic Training Center on
Friday, March 8.
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