The College of Saint Elizabeth’s lacrosse team played their hearts out but it was not enough as they fell to Penn State Abington 12-10 on Saturday.
The Eagles got off to a quick start on senior day when Brianna Fedorich scored off a free position shot, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Kelly O’Dell and Nicole Rios each added a goal on breakaways, opening the score up to 3-0. The Nittany Lions found their stride midway through the first half, scoring 2 goals just 2 minutes apart to cut the lead to 1. Abington would add 2 more goals in a row to take a 4-3 lead at the 10 minute mark. Christina Rios added a goal of her own on senior day, putting the ball in the net at the 3:08 mark to tie the score up at 4. Abington added another goal late in the first half, however Nicole Rios tied the score up at 5 with 48 seconds remaining. The Eagles and Nittany Lions went into the break all squared at 5.
Abington got on the board first in the second half, scoring a free position goal to take a 6-5 lead. Abington added another free position goal just 40 seconds later, opening up a 7-5 lead. O’Dell finally got the Eagles on the board, scoring in traffic to cut the deficit to 1. Sarah Briant continued to play well in net, saving key back to back free position shots to keep the score at 7-6. With 17:46 remaining, Brianna Fedorich scooped up a loose ball and put it in the back of the net, tying the game up at 7. Abington answered just a few moments later, scoring the go ahead goal at 8-7. Abington would add 2 more goals before O’Dell found an answer, cutting the lead to 10-9.
With 9 minutes remaining, Christina Rios drove all the way to the net, putting it past Abington’s keeper, trying the score up at 10. Abington, however, answered with a goal of their own, regaining the lead at 11-10. Abington added another goal just a minute later to take a 2 goal lead with 4 minutes remaining. The Eagles were unable to get any closer, dropping the contest 12-10.
At halftime, Nicole and Christina Rios, Ashley Sicsko, Kelly O’Dell, and Cheyenne Grant were honored for senior day. The Eagles finish the season with a 2-11 record and 2-7 in conference play.