HIRAM, OH – After holding off the Hiram College Terriers second-half comeback, the Franciscan women's lacrosse team won its third-straight game with a road 15-9 win, Thursday evening.
After a scoreless eight minutes to open the game, Franciscan completed a successful clear after freshman Bridget Clune caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball. Classmate Elaine Kelly helped to finish the clear and handed the ball off to sophomore Carly McDonald who scored the first goal of the game with 22:08 to play in the first. Junior Mary Krolicki won the next draw control and got the Lady Barons on offense. After moving the ball around the cage, McDonald handed the ball back off to Krolicki who scored her first of the game and 31st of the season.
After the Terriers called a timeout, Sierah Ray won the draw for Hiram but sophomore Brittany Bain made a stop on Autumn Osgood's shot and the Lady Barons looked to push their lead to 2-0 but an untimely turnover gave the ball back to the Terriers. Ray got Hiram on the board with her 29th of the year. The Lady Barons pushed their lead to 6-1 with three-straight goals from sophomore Elizabeth Dawyot.
With 9:11 to play in the half, Krolicki gave Franciscan a 7-1 lead with her second goal of the game. The Terriers got two goals back over the next two and a half minutes but McDonald and Krolicki closed out the half with a pair of goals to give Franciscan a 9-3 lead at the break.
The Terriers scored the first three goals of the second half but Krolicki tallied her fifth of the game with 15:25 left in the game off a pass from Julia Hall to give the Lady Barons a 10-6 lead. Clune won the next draw but both of the Lady Barons' shots were saved and Hiram took the ball to the other end of the field and cut the lead down to 10-7.
With 9:30 to play, Krolicki kicked off a four-goal run featuring two tallies form Dawyot and one from McDonald and an assist from sophomore Elizabeth McEntee. Trailing 14-7 with just over five minutes to play, Hiram halted the Lady Baron run with a goal from Kayla Jenkins. After Osgood scored with just 2:01 to play, McEntee put the finishing touches on the Lady Baron win with her 20th goal of the year as Franciscan played a man-down with just 10 seconds left on the clock.
Krolicki led the Lady Barons with six goals while Dawyot was not far behind with five and an assist. McDonald finished the day with three goals and assist and McEntee scored one goal and handed out three assists.
McEntee led the Lady Barons with four caused turnovers, six ground balls, and five draw controls while Dawyot had four and Krolicki had three.
"Dawyot, McEntee, and Krolicki were essential for us on the draw," commented Coach Conant. "And that was the game changer for us. We were able to gain and maintain possession off the draw and the clears got us in the position to be able to capitalize on our possession time. The defense really did an amazing job clearing the ball."
Clune finished the day with four ground balls, two draws and two caused turnovers.
"Bridget had her best game of the season for us on defense," continued Coach Conant.
The Lady Barons finished the day with seven assists on their 15 goals and Coach Conant attributed that to their excellent off the ball movement on attack.
Franciscan will return home on Monday, April 10 as the Lady Barons host Westminster (Pa.) for a 4pm game.