ORANGE, Calif. – Neither team led by more than two goals but the Chapman University women's lacrosse team fell 13-12 to visiting Framingham State on Thursday. The Panthers tied the match twice in the second half but weren't able to overtake the Rams.
Senior Lucy Schwartz scored three goals in the match as did freshman Meg Hanson. Schwartz tied the match up at 7-7 just less than five minutes into the second half. With 10 minutes left, Hanson converted a free-position shot into a game-tying goal at 10-10.
On both occasions of Chapman tying the match in the second half, the Rams responded with back-to-back goals to go in front by two. Alyssa Marino scored the go-ahead goal both times and led the visitors with six goals and an assist in the match.
The Panthers nearly overcame five cards in match – two green cards and three yellows – holding the Rams to just two man-up goals. After tying the match up 7-7, the Panthers were dealt back-to-back yellow cards and left with just nine field players. Sophomore goalkeeper Preetha Raj made a spectacular save on a free position attempt and junior Haley Reinhard forced a turnover as the Panthers nearly overcame being down two players. Marino scored just 14 seconds before the first card was set to expire to put the Rams up 8-7.
Hanson scored the first goal of the match to give Chapman the initial lead but the Rams bounced back to take a 2-1 lead just nine minutes in. Junior Michaela Lopez and senior Danielle Zahn each converted free-position attempts to put Chapman on top 3-2. However, Marino scored a hat trick over the next nine-plus minutes to give the Rams a 5-3 lead and they never trailed again.
Raj made eight saves in goal, including a few saves from Rams right on the doorstep of the crease, to keep Chapman in the game. The Panthers won a 16-10 advantage on the draw controls but committed 26 turnovers compared to Framingham State's 19.
Chapman gets back into the SCIAC schedule on Saturday to take on Redlands at 1 p.m. on Wilson Field.
By Steven Olveda
Sports Information Director