(FINDLAY, Ohio) – Walsh battled Findlay for the bulk of the first half, but eventually was defeated 17-7 at the Armstrong Sports Complex on Tuesday afternoon. The Cavaliers (9-5, 6-3) and Oilers (11-3, 7-2) were tied in the conference standings going into today and were battling for sole position in second place behind Lake Erie.
Findlay jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the early moments of the game before Jenny Spragg put the Cavs on the scoreboard just over 10 minutes into the game. After the Oilers added another pair, Becky Parker scored on an assist from Sarah McCormick to make the score 4-2 with 17:01 to play in the first.
Neither Parker nor Spragg were finished as both combined for the final three goals of the first half for the Cavaliers. Parker scored two of them to give her a first half hat trick with the third coming just 32 seconds after Spragg's second to make the score 9-5 in favor of Findlay with 3:09 to go in the half.
Findlay then took control of the game and went on a 6-0 to put Walsh down by double-digits. Spragg recorded her hat trick in the second half to go along with a goal by Sarah Dankowski, but it wouldn't be enough as time expired on the Maroon and Gold.
Luisa Landaverde led the defense with five ground balls. Skylar Crandell, Dankowski, Sam Paulson, and Spragg all added three. Mikaela Faus and Rebecca Tomaszewski split time between the pipes with each goalie credited for seven saves.
Walsh will return to action next week when it heads down I-77 to the Mountain State to take on Ohio Valley. The Cavaliers and Fighting Scots will take the first draw starting at 4 p.m.