The Shippensburg University lacrosse team honored its seniors Saturday as it completed the regular season with the home finale, but the Raiders were edged by Slippery Rock, 11-10, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchup that took more than three hours to complete from Robb Sports Complex.
Shippensburg (7-10, 3-9 PSAC) and Slippery Rock (13-4, 8-4) each held a singular three-goal lead on the other at some point during the contest, but the majority of the game was played with just a one or two-goal margin between the squads. SU held leads of 3-0 and 6-4 in the first half.
The pace of the game was not one of efficiency, particularly after halftime. The Rock used a 4-0 run to take a 10-7 lead before a rogue bolt of lightning caused the teams and fans to retreat for a weather delay with 14:01 remaining in regulation. At that point, the game was already more than two hours old.
Play resumed around 3:35 PM and lasted into the 4-o’clock hour. SU scored twice in a 12-second span shortly after the resumption of play, but the Raiders were never able to find an equalizer. A late Raider rally came up just short in the final minute.
Three of SU’s seniors scored two goals – Jordan Kengor, T.J. Johnson and Allison Fugate. Johnson added two assists to total four points, while Fugate also added an assist.
Senior Caroline Carbonaro and Makenzie Magnotta each recorded a caused turnover and groundball along the back lines, while classmate Kathleen Mirgon made her first career start in the midfield.
Junior Valerie Hertz completed a dynamic campaign with five groundballs, five draw controls and three caused turnovers. Hertz led the Raiders this season in groundballs (76), draw controls (67) and caused turnovers (51). She finishes second, third and first in SU single-season history for the respective categories.
Magnotta, a fellow captain and defender alongside Hertz, etched her place high in the SU record books for numerous categories as well. She finished fourth in SU history for caused turnovers (83) and seventh in groundballs (148).
Junior Madi Newman and freshman Maddy Siejk each had a goal and an assist. Newman had three groundballs, two draw controls and a caused turnover. Siejk had four draw controls, two groundballs and a caused turnover.
Freshmen Kami Holt and Alana Cardaci also scored for the Raiders. Defensively, sophomore Morgan Schantz added three groundballs.
Freshman KiKi Brasher made nine saves for the Raiders. Brasher finished her debut season having made at least eight saves in 13 contests.
Before the contest started, the senior class was recognized in a special ceremony. It was the final home game for the six senior players, along with teammate and manager Bridgette Morrissey.