By Nicole Merigliano
The women’s lacrosse season came to an end after a rival loss to RPI in the Liberty League Semi-Final game this past Friday.
The Dutchmen finished the season with a 7-8 record. All of their wins were against Liberty League opponents.
Union was able to serve the Engineers their only loss earlier on in the season, and RPI was seeking to avenge this loss in their post-season meet-up on Friday.
Union pulled out early in the game with a 2-0 lead, with goals coming from Emily McGrail ‘15 and Hilary Salander ‘12.
However, RPI came back to tie the game 2-2 and then managed to take the lead 3-2. Salander scored her second goal of the day to tie the game again at 3-3.
The first half ended with a score of 4-3 in favor of RPI. Union had a 10-7 shot advantage at halftime, and both teams had collected eight ground balls.
Tory Cameron ‘13 opened the scoring of the second half with a free position shot, and Kat Egizi ‘12 came back less than 30 seconds later to gain a one goal lead. The lead then extended to two with a free position shot taken by McGrail, her second of the day.
The Engineers answered back once again to tie it 6-6 with a free position shot and a goal scored after gaining possession after a foul call was made.
Brittany Fraser ‘13 scored her 14th goal of the season, making it a 7-6 advantage for the Dutchwomen.
The Engineers then went on to tie it and take the lead once again, with a score of 9-7, and scored their last goal of the game to make it 10-7.
The Dutchwomen would score their last of the game with McGrail’s third of the day and 47th of the season, and the game would end with a 10-8 score.
The Liberty League Women’s Lacrosse All Star teams were announced, and four members of the Dutchwomen were selected.
McGrail was named Rookie of the Year, as she received Rookie of the Week awards four times and led Union in goals, points, shots,and caused turnovers.
“It was awesome to be able to come into my freshman year and make an impact on the team,” said McGrail. “Knowing that I had the ability to make a difference for this program really made my experience this season an unforgettable one.”
The first team featured McGrail, along with midfielder Egizi and defender Tory Arnold ‘12. Defender Ally Boertzel ‘12 was named to the Honorable Mention team. These three seniors, along with seniors Salander and Danielle Ayers, helped the Dutchwomen win 43 games and make four Liberty League tournament appearances.
McGrail thought highly of the senior class, saying, “The seniors this year made our first year at Union an easy transition by providing us with an amazing team dynamic and culture.
Our greatest loss this year will be losing our five seniors. They truly embody what it means to play lacrosse here at Union and they’ve set an example for us that will stay with this program for many years to come.”
With the Dutchwomen’s young team, I’m sure they are already looking forward to working towards next season.
- Emily McGrail ‘15 finished a great freshmen year earning Liberty League Rookie of the Year honors.