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Lacrosse teams falter against tough conference opponents

The men’s lacrosse team (4-9, 1-3 NCAC) suffered two losses in a row last week, dropping games to both Wittenberg University (11-0, 4-0 NCAC) and Whittier College (4-6). Despite opening the game against No.13 Wittenberg with a closely contested first half, the Fighting Scots eventually fell to the Tigers 11-3. Joe Suliman ’11 led the Scots, scoring all of the team’s three goals.

Early in the second quarter the Scots came within one goal of tying the score, but unfortunately the offensive power of the Tigers soon overwhelmed the Scots’ defense. The Tigers scored five goals in the second half, cementing a victory over the Scots.

The team’s struggles continued into the game against Whittier College (4-6) on Sunday with a 5-2 loss against their non-conference opponent.

Wooster struggled throughout the entirety of the game, falling behind 2-0 in the opening five minutes of the game. Wooster’s only two goals came from Patrick Schlick ’13 and Matt Ranck ’13. The men’s lacrosse season will come to a close tomorrow when they face NCAC conference rival Kenyon College (4-8, 0-3 NCAC).

The women’s lacrosse team (9-5,4-2 NCAC) also suffered through two tough losses last week, falling to both Allegheny College and Denison University.

On Thursday the Scots lost† by a one-goal deficit to the Allegheny Gators (12-5, 4-2 NCAC).

Neither team ever held a comfortable lead throughout the match, but an Allegheny goal with just two minutes remaining on the clock secured the Gators’ victory. Despite scoring 13 goals, the Scots† were unable to defend against an overwhelmingly powerful Allegheny offense.

The Scots were led by Eileen Barrer ’11 with five goals, while Madison Carey’ 12, Nina Dine ’11 and Clare Nelson-Johnson ’13 each contributed two.

The Scots suffered another devastating loss on Saturday to the Denison University Big Red (11-4, 6-0 NCAC). Early in the game the Scots took a 2-0 lead although the Big Red later went on a four-goal run, giving Denison a 7-3 lead at the half.

Wooster responded at the beginning of the second with a four-goal run of its own, although Denison finished off the match with a 10-9 victory. Dine and Carey led the Scots’ offensive with three goals apiece but the Big Red’s offense was too much to overcome.

This loss dropped the Fighting Scots to No. 3 in the NCAC standings and pitted them against Allegheny in the semifinals of Thursday’s NCAC Tournament† at Allegheny, which occurred after press time.

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