(Grantham, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's lacrosse team turned in an outstanding performance on Wednesday afternoon, falling just short at #16-ranked Messiah College, 11-10.
The teams battled scoreless through the opening 15 minutes as both defenses held strong. The Falcons struck at the 14:41 mark and jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Ashley Conner (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) put the Red Devils on the board with 6:55 remaining in the half.
First-year Laurie Travaglini (Darien, Conn./Darien) tallied a pair of goals to keep Dickinson in striking distance at halftime, trailing 5-3.
Messiah put together a 5-0 clip to lead 10-4, with 18:50 remaining. Caroline Tortorella (Darien, Conn/Darien) broke up the run at the 13:41 mark before Kaitlyn Pearson tallied the final score for Messiah to give the Falcons an 11-5 advantage.
The Red Devils would chip away at the lead, relentlessly closing the gap. A fearless fury from the first-year attackers cut the deficit to just a pair of goals with 3:34 remaining. Bloes found the net twice with a free position goal from Mack Maurer (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's Belfield) and the third of the game from Travaglini making the score 11-9.
Kaestner finished an assist from Anne Dunster (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) to make it a one-goal game with just 1:11 remaining in regulation.
The Red Devils gained possession on the draw but Messiah was able to hold on for the final of 11-10.
Annika Johnsen led the Falcons with three goals and one assist while Amber Orner finished with 11 saves.
Travaglini tallied the hat trick to lead the Red Devils, controlling three ground balls as well. Bloes scored twice and added an assist with Kaestner adding two goals. Junior Tara Cassidy (Glen Rock, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) anchored another solid defensive effort, picking up four GBs and controlling three draws.
First-year Avery Priest (San Rafael, Calif./St. Ignatius Prep) made five saves in the nets for the Red Devils.
Dickinson slips to 1-1 on the season. They travel to Sparks, Maryland on Saturday to face St. Mary's College of Maryland at the U.S. Lacrosse Center. Opening draw is scheduled for 2:00 pm.