via Ave Maria press release/website
MARIETTA, Ga.- The Ave Maria University lacrosse team faced yet another nationally-ranked foe on Saturday, and could not dig themselves out of an early hole in a 15-3 loss to the Running Eagles of Life University at Lupo Family Field in Marietta. The Eagles scored six unanswered goals to start the match, and Ave Maria could never mount a comeback against one of the top five teams in the nation.
Life raced out to a 6-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of the match, led by a hat trick from Lacy Legaspi. After Life’s sixth goal, the Gyrenes got on the board ten seconds later, when Abigail Seiler grabbed the draw control and got the ball to Hannah Shaffrey, who put the ball in the back of the net.
Life added two more goals before the end of the frame, giving the Running Eagles an 8-1 lead after 15 minutes of play. The Running Eagles’ scoring barrage slowed in the second quarter, but the hosts did add three goals to increase Life’s lead to 11-1 at halftime. Legaspi was once again Life’s offensive leader, scoring two more goals to give her five of Life’s eleven first half goals.
With the clock running, Ave Maria scored twice in the second half to complete their half of the scoring. The Gyrenes scored the first goal of the second half to stop the clock, as Monrae Prentice scored just under five minutes into the half. After two more Life goals, Claire Ichniowski scored AMU’s final goal of the day, finding the back of the net for an unassisted goal with just over two minutes to play in the third.
Elie Coyle led the Gyrenes defensively against the powerful attack of the Running Eagles, causing three turnovers and scooping four ground balls. Monrae Prentice also caused three Life turnovers, while Francesca Paige was right behind Coyle with three ground balls. Seiler played her part in getting AMU chances to score with six draw controls. Emily Durr and Hannah McConologue split duties in goal, combining to make eight saves.
Ave Maria now gets a break for Holy Week, with the most consequential game of the season awaiting the following week. The Gyrenes will host Webber International University on April 11, in what is most likely a Sun Conference Tournament play-in game. The matchup between the (RV) Warriors and the No. 8 Gyrenes is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at Gyrene Field.