Women’s Lacrosse Loses First Match of 2017

The Illinois Tech Women’s Lacrosse team played a non-conference match March 21 at Stuart Field against St. Mary’s College of Indiana. The Hawks held a six-goal lead in the second half, but the Belles came back to force overtime and win the game 17-16.

How it happened

  • The Scarlet Hawks started the contest flat-footed and found themselves down 6-2 at the 13-minute mark of the first half.
  • But the Hawks came storming back. Two goals each by Alyssa DeLuca and Isabella Rubin tied the game 6-6 late in the first half. Another late goal by DeLuca gave the Hawks an 8-7 lead at the break.
  • Illinois Tech continued scoring into the second half, scoring five goals in the first six minutes to build a 13-7 lead.
  • St. Mary’s kept on fighting and Illinois Tech’s offense began to sputter as the Belles outscored the Hawks 9-3 in the final 20 minutes to tie the game 16-16 and send it to overtime.
  • Both goalies stood tall in the first three minutes of overtime, as each made three saves to keep the game knotted up at 16.
  • The game ended shortly after the teams switched sides. Kate Kelly of St. Mary’s scored on an Illinois Tech failed clearance to win the game 17-16.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts  

  • DeLuca had a game-high eight goals on 12 shots to go along with two assists, one draw control and one caused turnover.
  • Rubin had another solid game, scoring four goals on nine shots and tallying one assist. She also caused three turnovers, picked up three ground balls, and had three draw controls.
  • Isabel Fitzpatrick-Meyers also found the score sheet, scoring four goals on nine shots, picking up six ground balls, and causing one turnover.
  • Madison Meredith had a game-high seven assists and eight draw controls. She also caused one turnover.

Stats to Know

  • St Mary’s tallied 35 shots, two more than Illinois Tech (33). The Belles also made 12 saves, four more than the Hawks (eight).
  • Both teams were also near-even in draw controls, as the Belles (19) had two more than the Hawks (17).
  • The teams were tied in ground balls, tallying 28 each.
  • Illinois Tech had one less turnover (21) than St. Mary’s (22).

Up Next

  • The Scarlet Hawks will travel to Waverly, Iowa, on Saturday, March 25 to face Wartburg College in a Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference match. The game is set to start at 1 pm. Live stats will be available.