#10 SCAD Topples #8 Gyrenes
AVE MARIA, Fla.- The Ave Maria University lacrosse team could not keep up with an NAIA lacrosse powerhouse on Thursday, as the eighth-ranked Gyrenes fell 20-6 to No. 10 SCAD Savannah in a Sun Conference matchup at Gyrene Field. SCAD never trailed in the conference affair, and pulled away throughout the match to emerge victorious in the top ten matchup.
The Gyrenes quickly found themselves in hole against the perennial powerhouse, as SCAD jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes of the match. Ave Maria responded with two goals, one from Abigail Seiler and another from Orianna Eldridge, in the span of 17 seconds to cut the SCAD lead to one. The Bees were unfazed, however, and scored four of the final five goals in the first quarter to re-extend their lead to 7-3.
It was more of the same in the second quarter, where the Bees again outscored the Gyrenes by four goals, 5-1. The lone Ave Maria goal in the 15 minutes prior to halftime was provided by Seiler, who scored her third goal of the game on a free position shot. Seiler’s goal came at the 13:12 mark of the quarter, and was followed by four straight SCAD goals to close the half with the Bees leading 12-4.
Ave Maria tried to mount the beginnings of a rally in the third quarter, scoring twice and keeping SCAD off the board for more than eight minutes. Goals from Seiler and Monrae Prentice trimmed the SCAD lead to 12-6 before the Bees stopped the run with two goals in the span of 20 seconds. SCAD would score twice more before the end of the quarter, widening their lead to ten goals at 16-6. With the clock running in the fourth quarter, SCAD added four more goals to account for the final 14-goal margin.
Seiler provided most of the offense for the Gyrenes, scoring four of AMU’s six goals and assisting on another to push her team-high total to 42 points this season. Francesca Paige was a leader for the Gyrene defense, logging four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Peyton Williams also added three ground balls on the defensive end of the field.
After playing six of their first ten matches on their home turf, the Gyrenes will now hit the road for the remainder of the season. Three of AMU’s final four matches will come away from home, beginning on Tuesday. Ave Maria will head north for a Sun Conference meeting with the Warner University Royals. The first-ever meeting between the schools in women’s lacrosse is set for a 5:00 p.m. opening draw in Lake Wales.