WISE, Va. – The Walsh Cavaliers women's lacrosse attempted a second-half rally against the Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial University but it was short as the Cavaliers were defeated 14-11 on Tuesday (March 5) afternoon.
Lincoln Memorial scored three goals in the first six minutes for an early 3-0 lead. Sam Paulson got the Cavaliers on the board with an unassisted goal just under 24 minutes to go in the first half. Four minutes later, the Railsplitters regained a three goal advantage. Skylar Crandell made it 4-2 Lincoln Memorial with 17 minutes left in the half. Lincoln Memorial scored four straight goals, taking an 8-2 lead with 11:37 left before halftime. Walsh trimmed the deficit to four with back-to-back goals. Paulson and Jenny Spragg each converted a free position shot with a minute span. With nine minutes left, Lincoln Memorial closed the first half scoring as they led 9-4.
Hannah McFeeters kicked off the second half with a goal 43 seconds in for Walsh. The Railsplitters countered with two straight goals, gaining a six goal lead with twenty minutes left in the game. After ten minutes of scoreless action, Lindsay Hindman and McFeeters both scored on free position shots for the Cavaliers. Ellen Lawrence followed with a goal of her own as Walsh trailed 11-8 with nine minutes remaining. Lincoln Memorial created some distance with two consecutive goals within the seven-minute mark. Paulson scored her third goal of the game with 5:24 left in the contest. The Railsplitters scored their final goal with 3:44 to go in the game. Crandell and Spragg each scored in the final three minutes but the rally fell short, 14-11.
Paulson led the Cavaliers with three goals, while Crandell, McFeeters, and Spragg each scored two goals each.
As a team, the Cavaliers controlled 11 draw with McFeeters winning five of them.
The Cavaliers will return to Ohio where they will prepare for the home opener on March 14th against Notre Dame College at 5:00 PM.