Prevailing in their conference

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By Nicole Merigliano

The women’s lacrosse team finished the weekend 2-0 after facing RPI and Skidmore, two Liberty League opponents. The Dutchwomen faced RPI on Friday afternoon, and handed the Engineers their first loss of the season with a 10-9 win.

Despite the Engineers pulling ahead with a 2-0 lead in the beginning of the game, goals from Haley Gould ‘15, Emily McGrail ‘15, and Hilary Salander ‘12 resulted in a halftime score of 4-3.

The Dutchwomen then began to find their groove as they opened the second half with four unanswered goals to make the score 8-4.  Unfortunately, the Engineers fought back and tallied five goals to take back the lead, making it 9-8.  McGrail wrapped up the scoring of the game by tying it at 9-9, and then eventually scoring the game-winning goal with just over 2:30 remaining in the game.

These two key goals gave her a total of four goals on the day.  RPI had several opportunities to tie the game, but goalie Kim Grinhaus ‘15 made a key save to prevent a possible game changing goal from being scored. She concluded the game with six saves. The Dutchwomen were right back in action the following afternoon with a Liberty League match against Skidmore in Saratoga. It was another close game for the Dutchwomen.

The first half was back-and-forth scoring from both teams to result in a 4-4 tie at halftime.  Skidmore took its first lead of the game in the beginning of the second half, but it was quickly taken away when the Dutchwomen answered back with two goals to regain the lead.

With just under five minutes left, Skidmore tied the game 8-8. There was no game-winner in regulation due to big saves made by the goalies on both teams.

Salander scored the sole goal in overtime for Union, which was all they needed to secure the win.  Heather Fraser ‘13 led the team with three goals, while Salander and Haley Gould ‘12 followed with two goals and an assist each.  Grinhaus ended the game with five saves.

With these two wins, the Dutchwomen hold a 4-1 Liberty League record and are tied for second place.  This weekend, the Dutchwomen are on their home turf at Frank Bailey Field facing St. Lawrence on Friday and Clarkson on Saturday.

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