Women’s lacrosse falls to York in first round NCAA game

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The Union Women’s Lacrosse Team’s 2015 season drew to a close on Sunday following their 11-6 loss to York College of Pennsylvania in a first-round NCAA playoff game.

The team earned a spot in the NCAA tournament following their 14-6 blowout defeat of Skidmore in the Liberty League Championship. The Dutchwomen concluded their strong season with a 13-4 overall record and an undefeated 9-0 conference record, along with the title of Liberty League Champions.

In the game against Skidmore, played on May 2 at Bailey Field, the Dutchwomen dominated the Thoroughbreds throughout the contest.

Jackie Hagopian ’17 and Emily McGrail ’15 were ruthless on the offensive end, each netting four goals. Maggie Comiskey ’16, Natalie Sullivan ’17 and Annie Nelson ’15 also contributed to the effort, each putting in two goals.

Comiskey also had two assists. Kim Grinhaus ’15 was especially solid in net for the Dutchwomen, making a personal record 16 saves.

Grinhaus and McGrail were named Co-MVPs of the Liberty League Tournament. On top of this honor, Grinhaus and McGrail were also named the Liberty League’s Defensive Performer of the Week and Offensive Performer of the Week, respectively. Both ladies were also named to the Liberty League First Team.

On top of this, Grinhaus was named the ECAC Division III North Atlantic Defensive Player of the Week.

Additionally, Ciara Dudeck ’15, Cailin Pandolfi ’18, Hagopian, Comiskey, Nelson and Sullivan were named to the Liberty League All-Tournament Team.

Comiskey earned the impressive honor of being named the Liberty League’s Player of the Year and Coach Abi Jackson and her assistants, Tony Garufi and Taylor Hahn, were honored as the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year.

Haley Gould ’15 and Paige Smith ’16 were named to the Liberty League Second Team, with Kate Kurchena ’16 and Dudeck earning Honorable Mentions.

With the conclusion of the regular season and their Liberty League Championship win, the Dutchwomen earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

On May 10, the team geared up to play York College of Pennsylvania. The Dutchwomen got off to a slow start and were unable to make a comeback, eventually losing the game 11-6.

Hagopian led the Dutchwomen in scoring with four goals. Jessica Farland ’16 and Dudeck contributed the other two.

This loss marks the end of the 2015 season for the Dutchwomen, and the end of the college lacrosse careers of the team’s seniors.

The departure of the seniors will be a great loss to the team, however, the Dutchwomen’s young talent is surely a good sign for the future.

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