GALLOWAY, N.J. – On a rain-filled Saturday afternoon, the fifth-seeded Marymount University women's lacrosse team advanced to the program's first ECAC DIII Championship game, topping top-seeded and host Stockton University, 9-8.
Sophomore Jessica Crew got the offense rolling for the Saints in the first half, scoring four of the six, as they took a comfortable 6-2 advantage into the break. Junior Abby Wescott and senior Natalie Tinkham put away the first goal of the game though, getting MU on the board in just the first 25 seconds.
The Ospreys answered over five minutes later to tie the contest back up, but the Saints quickly erased that four-straight finishes to take a commanding 5-1 lead with 8:34 left until the half. Sophomore Bridgette Stacom kicked off the stretch with an unassisted goal before Crew fired off a hat trick of goals, including an assisted finish by junior Kellen Cannon.
Sophomore goalkeeper Holly Reik and the backline held strong through the first half, giving up just one goal before the two-minute warning, but the Ospreys scored once more before the break to cut off the run.
Crew got the final word of the first half, catching a pass from sophomore to send the Saints into the break with a four-goal lead, 6-2. Reik made five saves in the first half.
It didn't take long for Marymount to get the scoring back underway in the second half, seeing Crew knock in her fifth of the game in the opening minute. However, the 7-2 lead by the Saints would slowly dissipate with three-straight goals by Stockton to get the Ospreys within two.
Remaining composed, Marymount fired back with two of its own, as Crew cashed in on a free-position finish before sending out an assist to Wescott a couple minutes later for her first goal of the game.
The 9-5 lead again would slowly fade away with three more finishes by the Ospreys, but the nine goals by the Saints was enough to hold out the run to take the 9-8 victory and advance to the championship game.
Crew led all scorers with a game-high seven points off a game-high six goals and an assist. For the season, the sophomore has now accumulated 63 goals, leaving her just seven shy of tying the program record for goals in a single season.
Reik held strong in the net with nine saves in her 60 minutes of work.
With the win, the Saints move to Sunday's title game against the winner of today's other semifinal game between sixth-seeded Arcadia University and seventh-seeded Misericordia University. The game will start up at 2 p.m., at Stockton.