Bulldogs' Late Comeback Falls Short in NEC Title Game
SMITHFIELD, R.I.- The Bryant women's lacrosse team fell to Mount St. Mary's 15-13 in the NEC Championship on Saturday at Beirne Stadium. The Bulldogs staged a fourth quarter comeback to tie the game multiple times, but could never take the lead late in the game. Alexa Weber led Bryant with three goals, three ground balls, three draw controls, and a caused turnover.
Mount St. Mary's 15, Bryant 13
Records: BRY (12-5, 7-1 NEC), MSM (15-4, 7-1 NEC)
Location: Beirne Stadium
How it Happened:
Q1: Megan McCarthy kicked things off with a bang, picking up a loose ball on defense and running the length of the field to score in the opening minute. Skylar Simmonds followed with another Bryant goal before Mount was able to respond. Lily Auger and Cassidy Burns added two more for the Bulldogs, who ended the first with a two goal advantage.
Q2: Alexa Weber scored both of Bryant's goals in the second, including one off a free position attempt less than two minutes in. The Bulldogs won seven draw controls in the period, but could convert them into only six shot attempts.
Q3: The Mountaineers turned a one goal lead at the break into a three goal lead with a pair of goals to open the third. Kenna Kaut got on the board for her first of the game midway through the period, but Mount was able to respond with two more goals, giving them an 11-7 lead going into the final quarter.
Q4: The Bulldogs mounted their comeback to start the fourth as Weber, Kaut, Chamberlaine Bell, and Margaret Adams combined on four straight goals to tie the score at eleven. Both teams traded goals over the ensuing six minutes, before a pair of late goals by the Mount sealed the game.
Bulldog Notes and Notables
Weber's hat trick was her sixth on the season. She ended the year with 14 multi-goal games and a career high 38 goals overall.
Kenna Kaut's two goals gave her an NEC-leading 56 on the season, and extended her streak of scoring at least twice in every game this year. She added two ground balls, three draw controls, and a caused turnover in the game.
Megan McCarthy scored her first goal of the season to open the game, making her the 20th different player to score for Bryant this season. She added three ground balls and a caused turnover.
McCarthy, Kaut, and Cassidy Burns were named to the All-Tournament Team. Kaut scored seven goals, Burns racked up two goals and ten assists, and McCarthy had a goal, four ground balls, and two caused turnovers in the two games.