Lacrosse drops PSAC opener against the Golden Knights

Madeline Williams, Assistant Sports Editor
March 22, 2012

The Slippery Rock University women’s lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season, 17-7, to Gannon University on Tuesday evening.

With the loss, the Rock dropped to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

The Rock was led by the efforts of senior midfielder Casey Quinn, sophomore attack Morgan Pettit, and freshman midfielder Katie Cook, who each had two goals apiece.

Freshman midfielder Paige Costantino added one goal and senior midfielder Emma VanDenburg contributed an assist.

Sophomore midfielder Lauren Laubach had seven draw controls and freshman attack Sarah Gonslewski picked up four ground balls.

Junior goalie Natalie Crenshaw recorded 10 saves, but allowed 17 goals. She stands at 1-1 in goals for the season.

Gannon scored the first goal of the game at the 26:36 mark, before Quinn tied it up a little over two minute later.

The Golden Knights then went on a five-goal run to take a 6-1 lead with less than thirteen minutes in the first half.

Pettit scored her first goal of the game to cut the deficit to 6-2, only to have Gannon go on a four-goal run to take a 10-2 lead at the half.

Coming back from the break, the Golden Knights scored the first four goals to take a 14-2 lead with 24:29 remaining in the game.

SRU fought back with a 5-3 scoring edge to end the game.

Laubach said that the season has gotten off to a good start and looks forward to the rest of the season.

“We started off with two wins in two very tough games, but we lost that streak with this loss to Gannon,” Laubach said. “We have the potential to be great this year, and we’ll be fine as long as we execute our talent as a team on the field.”

On Tuesday, Quinn was named as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for leading the team to a pair of season starting wins over spring break.

Against Belmont Abbey College last Thursday, Quinn scored three goals and had one assist in the 15-11 win.

Last Saturday, Quinn scored a career-high seven goals in a 13-12 win over Queens University, including the game-winning goal with less than two minutes left.

In that same game, senior attack Amy Halls became the first 200-point scorer in program history.

Halls scored two goals in the victory over Queens, bringing her career-scoring to 201 goals.

The Rock hosted Mercyhurst University last night at 7 p.m. at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium, but the game started after The Rocket went to print.

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