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Keiser: Women’s Lacrosse Falls in Tightly-Contested Inaugural Game to Ave Maria

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via press release – photo via Keiser web site   Game Information Score: Keiser 8, Ave Maria 11 Records: Keiser (0-1), No. 8 Ave Maria (1-0) Location: Arrigo Vecellio Field, West Palm Beach, Fla. Attendance: 70 Weather: 74 and partly cloudy Keiser Highlights
  • Frankie Parshall had a standout game in the Seahawks’ inaugural contest, accounting for five of the team’s eight goals including scoring on two of her own.
  • Parshall notched the first goal in Keiser history with 23:39 left in the first half, trimming the Seahawks’ deficit to just one.
  • Five different players scored in the team’s first game, led by Maria Johnson‘s team-high three goals.
  • Mary Reich recorded nine saves in her first goal between the posts.
Turning Point The final 1:05 of the contest proved to be the difference maker in today’s game. After Johnson’s third goal brought Keiser to within one with 2:25 remaining, Ave Maria scored the final two goals in a span of 11 seconds to put the game away for the Gyrenes. How it Happened
  • Ave Maria scored the first two goals of the game, taking a 2-0 advantage with 25:15 remaining in the half.
  • The first Keiser goal of the contest came from Parshall who cradled the ball from the left side to the right side, firing the monumental goal past the Ave goalie to cut the deficit in half.
  • Margo Reed and Johnson jumped on board with their first two goals of the season to give Keiser the 3-2 advantage with 22:40 remaining in the first half.
  • The Gyrenes responded with back-to-back goals by Diana Semegran to reclaim the 4-3 advantage.
  • Johnson tied the game at four apiece with 14:47 left in the first half when Parshall found Johnson for one of her three assists in the game.
  • Dakota Zdun quickly placed Keiser back on top, 5-4, after scoring just 1:34 after Johnson’s second goal of the game.
  • Ave Maria scored two of the final three goals in the half as the final Keiser goal in the first half was scored by Tabetha Fike, deadlocking both squads at 6-6.
  • The Gyrenes notched consecutive goals in the second-half on a man-up opportunity, giving Ave Maria another two-goal lead with 26:04 left in the contest.
  • Parshall found the back of the net with 15:53 left to play, recording Keiser’s first goal of the new half to cut the Seahawks’ deficit to 8-7.
  • After trading back-to-back goals, Ave Maria put two more shots into the back of the net with just over one minute to play to build the three-goal advantage, a score that would not change in the final minute.
Coach’s Corner “I am very proud of the way our team opened up our inaugural season,” stated head coach Lauren Bennett. “We came together as a team and executed our game plan and what we wanted to accomplish. I am excited to see where this season will take us, especially now that we have established that we can compete with the best of the NAIA.” Team Leaders Keiser Points: Parshall (5) Goals: Johnson (3) Assists: Parshall (3) Draw Controls: Parshall (5) Ground Balls: Reed (6) Caused Turnovers: Reich/Parshall (4) Saves: Reich (9) Ave Maria Points: Semegran (5) Goals: Semegran (5) Assists: Smich (3) Draw Controls: Wade (4) Ground Balls: Hilker/Francisco (4) Caused Turnovers: Five tied with…(2) Saves: Ballarin (3) UP NEXT Keiser returns to action on Feb. 25 when the Seahawks host No. 2 SCAD-Savannah. The contest is slated to begin at 1 p.m.