Despite starting slow and rallying from what was a 5-0 deficit, the Niagara University Purple Eagles women’s lacrosse team fell to the Binghamton University Bearcats, 11-10.
After a thrilling back-and-forth game, Tiffany Ryan scored the decider with just under two minutes remaining, and the Bearcats held on for the win. Though her team overcame a five goal lead, Niagara head coach Wendy Stone attributed the loss to Niagara’s sluggish play in the first half.
“We need to put 60 minutes together, not 52,” she said. “That was the difference today.”
With the temperature hovering around 25 degrees even with the sunshine, both teams had to battle the persistent wind. Despite this, Niagara’s offense came back to life after scoring just three goals in its previous game and saw multiple standout performances.
Sophomore Rachel MacCheyne was the best Purple Eagle on the field all game, scoring four goals and adding an assist. Sophomore Alexis Morales scored a hat-trick, junior Jillian Ford scored twice and junior Sam Brill added a goal and an assist.
The Bearcats proved to be a persistent foe for Niagara, setting up the dramatic finish. Stone lauded her team’s overall effort and the performances of MacCheyne and Ford.
“Defensively we did a really nice job,” Stone added. “Rachel came through for us in terms of finishing and Jill did a really nice job on the draw, as well as defensively across the board.”
112 people braved the frigid temperature at Niagara Field to watch the contest. The Purple Eagles are back at it on Sunday in New Rochelle, New York vs. Iona College.