NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College women’s lacrosse team lost, 12-8, to Hanover College in an Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) contest at home Sunday afternoon.
Titan junior Emily D’Amico (Moon Township, PA / Moon Area) broke the school record for most goals in a season after tying a game-high five goals on Sunday. D’Amico now has 34 on the year, breaking sophomore Bria Braddock‘s (Beaver Falls, PA / Blackhawk) total of 30 she set in 2017.
Down 2-0 in the first half, Westminster (3-6, 3-3 ORLC) got on the scoreboard with 14:37 left when D’Amico registered her first of five goals on the day. Hanover (8-4, 5-1 ORLC) countered with two-straight goals and led, 4-1, with 11:52 on the clock. Westminster senior Sarah Nutter (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills) cut the Panthers’ lead to 4-2 with a goal at the 10:39 mark. After a goal by Hanover, the Titans closed out the half with two goals, courtesy of D’Amico (6:49, 3:01); Braddock had the assist for the second score. Hanover led, 5-4, at intermission.
The Panthers opened up the second half with three goals to take an 8-4 lead with 22:48 remaining. The Titans, however, responded with three-straight goals of their own to cut Hanover’s lead to 8-7 with 16:06 to play. D’Amico earned the first two goals, while Braddock notched the third; sophomore Michaela Hays (Blairsville, PA / Blairsville) earned the assist on Braddock’s goal. That would be the closest Westminster would get as Hanover scored four consecutive goals to take a 12-7 lead with four minutes remaining. Braddock scored the final goal of the game (1:52).
Titan first-year goalkeeper Matalyn Holland (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler Area) collected 11 saves in a complete-game effort.
Westminster led, 26-23, in shots-on-goal and, 16-11, in ground balls. D’Amico and Holland tied for a game-high four ground balls each. Hanover held a 15-7 advantage in draw controls and 8-4 in free-position shots.
The Titans will next travel to Washington & Jefferson College Wednesday, April 18 for an ORLC matchup, starting at 6 p.m.