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Hannah Mill scored a career-high four goals but Stetson’s furious second-half rally fell just short in a 15-13 loss to Furman, Friday at the Athletic Training Center.
The Hatters (0-8) fell behind early, trailing 7-2 after Furman (4-5) scored five straight goals to break open a tight start.
A late flurry by Stetson near the end of the first half pulled the Hatters to within 9-7, but the Paladins pushed their lead to 12-7 at halftime before the Hatters came out firing to start the second half.
The Hatters came out of halftime firing on all cylinders, scoring five straight goals as Marina Rotella, Mill, Riley Reagan, Shelby Lehmann and Saige-Lyn Gidzinski each scored. Gidzinksi’s goal knotted the game at 12-all with 17:14 to play.
But the Hatters couldn’t sustain their push. Furman answered with three straight goals, taking a 15-12 lead with 7:43 to play. Lehmann got the Hatters within 15-13 with a goal at 3:14 but Stetson never got any closer.
In addition to the four goals by Mill, three other Hatters also had multi-goal games. Rotella scored three times, and Lehmann and Gidzinski each scored twice.
Grace Pollack led Furman with five goals.
Kiera McCarthy finished with 12 saves for the Hatters, her best effort in five games.
Stetson next hosts Wofford, noon, Sunday.
Seven different players scored at least two goals apiece as Stetson raced past Wofford, 21-9, in women’s lacrosse non-conference action Sunday at the Athletic Training Center.
Riley Reagan and Marina Rotella led the Hatters (1-9) with four goals each as Stetson tasted victory for the first time in 2019. Taylor Zuberer scored three times, and Shelby Lehmann, Sarah Flatt, Jacklyn Lavoie and Saige-Lyn Gidzinski each scored twice.
The Hatters were in control from the beginning, jumping out to a 6-0 lead as Reagan and Rotella both scored twice.
The Terriers (2-9) netted three of the next four goals to make it a 7-3 game, but Stetson ripped off four straight scores, including two by Zuberer, as the Hatters restored order with an 11-3 lead.
After a pair of goals by Wofford, the Hatters closed the first half by scoring four straight for a 15-5 lead at halftime.
The second half was more of the same, although Wofford started strong by scoring three of the first four goals to make it a 16-9 contest.
But the Hatters shook off that charge and continued to dominate play, getting consecutive goals from Jaclynn Levy, Gidzinski and Flatt for a 19-9 lead.
Reagan finished with eight total points, adding four assists to her goals total. The sophomore ended the game with eight points, one shy of her own school record for points in a single game. Gidzinski also had four assists and Lehmann added three.
Of Stetson’s 42 shots, 35 were on-goal as the Hatters peppered Wofford goalie Kelsey Thompson all afternoon. Thompson did, however, manage to make 14 saves.
The Hatters next face ASUN Conference newcomer Kent State, 5 p.m., Friday at the ATC.
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