On Saturday, the Alma College Women's Lacrosse team took part in the first-ever MIAA Championship when they traveled to Adrian College. The Scots lost by a score of 17-6 as the team's second season of play came to an end.
Alma finished with a record of 15-3 while Adrian advances to the NCAA Tournament with a mark of 16-2.
Although the underdog coming in to the match, the Scots came out of the gate quick and let Adrian know that they were in for a battle. So. MF Sydney Bryce (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) scored 1:45 into the game, assisted by Sr. A Christie Havrilla (Okemos, Mich./Okemos), that gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.
After falling behind 2-1, the Scots tied the game back up at 16:31 when Havrilla scored that was assisted by So. MF Tracy Gallihugh (Lansing, Mich./East Lansing). However, the Bulldogs buckled down on defense and scored the next five goals to take a 7-2 advantage into halftime.
In the second half, Alma kept it close for the first portion of the frame. Havrilla cut the lead to 7-4 at 27:15 and Gallihugh again cut it to four at 8-4 with 25:36 left in the game. The Scots kept up the pressure and less than three minutes later, Havrilla made it a 8-5 game at the 22:54 mark.
But, that is the closest the Scots would come as Adrian showed their poise and talent the rest of the way. The Bulldogs scored the next four goals before Fr. A Ashton Street (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) scored off of a free position kick that made it 12-6 with 14:37 remaining in the game.
From that point on, Adrian outscored the Scots by a margin of 5-0 en route to the 17-6 championship victory. The Bulldogs had 34 shots on goal in the game compared to 19 for the Scots.
Alma Jr. GK Stephanie Herman (Bay City, Mich./All-Saints Central) made 17 saves in taking the loss. Havrilla led the Scots with three goals on five shots on goal, while Street and Sr. MF Mary Harwood (Port Huron, Mich./Port Huron Northern) each notched four shots on goal.