OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The No. 14 Susquehanna women’s lacrosse team opened its 2014 campaign on a winning note with a 13-9 win over No. 20 Fredonia State on the opening day of the Stevenson Invitational.
Emma Ehler (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) led all scorers with five goals while also adding an assist for a six-point afternoon. Michelle McGinniss (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) added four goals, one assist and seven draw control wins while Emma Jones (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) picked up two goals. Starting goalie Abby Cohn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) played all 60 minutes and finished with eight saves.
As a team, SU had 35 shots to Fredonia State’s 25 and put 26 of those shots on goal. Ehler led all players with 15 shots, all but three of which were on goal.
Fredonia State jumped out to a 1-0 lead before Ehler scored her first goal of the afternoon for a 1-1 game. Fredonia then scored five unanswered goals, two of which came from Kristie Kline, to take a 6-1 lead with 11:44 still to play in the opening half.
Susquehanna finished the half strong, though, ending with three-straight goals from three different players to trim Fredonia’s lead to two, 6-4, at the midway point.
The second half was a completely different story for SU. The team out-scored Fredonia 9-3 to come from behind and grab the win.
McGinniss tied the game at seven with a free position shot and scored the next goal, as well, for an 8-7 Crusader lead. Those two goals marked the start of a 5-0 Susquehanna run that gave the team an 11-7 edge with 13:30 remaining in the game.
Fredonia was able to trim the lead to three, 11-8, inside the 12-minute mark of the half. However, Jones scored off a Meredith Crane (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) assist to make it 12-8 and while Fredonia scored the next goal for a 12-9 game, Ehler capped off the scoring on a goal with a mere 1:09 remaining to seal the SU victory.
The Crusaders wrap-up play at the Invitational on Sunday with a 12 p.m. game against SUNY Brockport, a team receiving votes in the preseason polls.