SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A one-goal halftime lead eventually turned into a six goal advantage as the Susquehanna women's lacrosse team ultimately held off Meredith College 18-14 in a NCAA Tournament First-Round victory.
The Crusaders (12-5) used a 10-goal second half to put the game away and secure a spot in the second round of the tournament. SU will now face No. 4 TCNJ on Saturday, May 10 at 3 p.m. in Ewing, N.J.
Senior Michelle McGinniss (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) finished with five goals and two assists with her first goal of the game marking the 200th of her career. Classmate Emma Ehler (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tied for the game high with six goals while also adding three assists and five draw controls. The duo was just two of seven players who picked up at least one goal for Susquehanna.
The Crusaders won 21 draw controls to Meredith's 13 and out-shot the Avenging Angels (14-4) 36-24 on the afternoon. SU goalie Alyssa Rothman (Trooper, Pa./Methacton) finished with seven saves.
It was a back-and-forth start to the game with Meredith Crane (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) tying the game at one before two-straight goals from McGinniss made it 3-1 in favor of SU with 22:48 still to play.
Meredith tied the game at five with 11:03 on the clock and then netted two unanswered goals for a 7-5 lead at the 3:24 mark of the half.
SU responded, though, with a 3-0 run to end the half with Ehler scoring the first two and Kelcie Ehler (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) accounting for the third and final goal of that stretch for an 8-7 Susquehanna lead at the midway point of the game.
It stood 10-7 in favor of SU less than two minutes into the second half before the Avenging Angels went on a run of their own, scoring three-straight goals for a 10-10 game with 24:57 remaining.
Susquehanna proceeded to then out-score Meredith 8-4 over the remainder of the game. The Crusaders led by as many as six goals (18-12) after a McGinniss score at the 8:05 mark of the period to essentially put the game out of reach and SU went on to the 18-14 victory.