NEW CONCORD – The Franciscan women's lacrosse team held off a late second-half comeback attempt by Muskingum to walk away with a 9-8 win, Tuesday evening.
Once again, junior goalie Brittany Bain proved to be a wall in goal for Franciscan as she stopped a shot with 1:01 to play that would have tied the game and senior Bridget Clune was able to scoop up the ground ball to kick off a successful clear and get the Lady Barons back on offense. Franciscan was able to control the ball for the final 58 seconds of the contest for the 9-8 win. Trailing 9-6 with 7:33 to play, the Muskies scored a pair of goals over 6:12 over action to put the pressure on the Lady Baron defense; a pressure Franciscan rose to for the win.
Muskingum got on the board first with a goal just under five minutes into action off a free position shot. The lead would not last long as senior Mary Krolicki and freshman Blair Wonderly found the back of the net on back-to-back offensive possessions for Franciscan. The Lady Barons held a 2-1 lead with 20:37 to play in the first.
After an eight-minute scoring drought, a Krolicki shot ricocheted off the Muskie goalie and Clune picked up the ground ball. Junior Carly McDonald eventually found the ball in her stick and shot it past the Muskingum goalie to push the Lady Baron lead to 3-1 with 12:10 to play. Muskingum tied the game three minutes later but the Lady Baron defense did not allow Muskingum to get off another shot before they could and after a well-planned timeout by head coach Maura Conant with 7:16 to play, Krolicki gave Franciscan the lead for good with her second goal of the game. Krolicki closed out the half with her third goal to give Franciscan a 5-3 lead at the break.
Junior Elizabeth McEntee sandwiched a pair of goals around a Muskingum goal to push the Lady Baron lead to 7-4 just under second minutes into the action of the second half. Ashley Adams cut the FUS lead back down to two but McDonald scored off a pass from McEntee after a Muskingum yellow card to push Franciscan's lead to 8-5. Krolicki scored the Lady Barons' final goal in a 3-1 run for the Muskies to set up the stellar defensive stop for Franciscan.
Krolicki led the Lady Barons with four goals, seven ground balls, and seven draw controls while freshman Madeline Smith picked up seven ground balls.
Bain made 12 saves in net for her sixth win of the season.
Franciscan travels to Ohio Wesleyan on Thursday for a 7:00 pm non-conference contest.