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.@LaSalleLacrosse bows to Fresno State, 8-6, in opener despite 3 goals from freshman Ruskey

Friday, 9th February 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/9/18

The La Salle women’s lacrosse team played its first game of the season on a cold Friday evening at McCarthy Stadium. The Explorers may have used the weather to their advantage against California-based Fresno State, scoring the last four goals of the game, but came up short in an 8-6 loss.

After almost nine scoreless minutes to start the game, freshman Emily Johnston (Ridley) scored the first goal of the contest and the first goal of the season for La Salle on an unassisted shot in front of the net.

The Explorers then faced a motivated Bulldog offense that scored eight of the next nine goals.

From the 22-minute mark in the second half until the clock struck zero, La Salle outscored Fresno 4-0. Freshman Hope Smith (Radnor) started the streak with a goal assisted by Maddie Dachowski. Freshman Bridget Ruskey (Middle Township-NJ) scored the next two goals, giving her a total of three for the day. Finally, Brittany Edwards (Great Valley) capped things off after Isabel Caddick caused a turnover in the Explorers’ defensive zone that sent the ball the other way. Edwards’ goal was assisted by Ruskey.

Abbey Meehan picked up five ground balls, caused five turnovers, and secured four draws.

Lynn Frankel and Molly Loughlin each had five saves in net.



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