The Alma College women's lacrosse team traveled to Adrian College on Friday night to take on the Bulldogs in the 2014 MIAA Championship. For the second straight year, Alma came up short against Adrian as they dropped a 16-7 decision.
The Scots ended their very successful campaign with an overall mark of 13-6, while Adrian improved to 12-5 this season as they head to the NCAA Tournament.
The talented and deep Bulldogs jumped on the visitors from the beginning as the took a 4-0 lead in the first 9:43 of the contest. But, the Scots were not going to go down without a fight or quietly. So. A Ashton Street (Brighton/Brighton) scored at 19:30 and Fr. A Stephanie Chou (East Brunswick, NJ/East Brunswick) followed with a tally at 17:18 to make it a 4-2 game.
However, that is all that the visitors would be able to muster in the first half as Adrian scored the final four goals of the frame. The final tally that made it 8-2 happened with just 15 seconds remaining in the half and gave the home team a lot of momentum heading into the break.
The second half was more of a give and take affair, but Alma was never really able to put pressure on the Bulldogs. Adrian scored the first two of the final frame and led 10-2 with 25:40 left in the contest.
Jr. M Tracy Gallihugh (Lansing/Waverly), the MIAA's leading scorer, finally got on the board for the Scots at the 24:37 mark. After an Adrian goal, she added another one a little over three minutes later to cut the deficit to 11-4.
Another tally by the Bulldogs was followed by Chou's second of the night to make it a 12-5 game. However, Adrian would score the next two as well to increase the lead back to 14-5. Gallihugh followed with Alma's final goal of the contest when she scored with 12:31 remaining to make it 14-6.
But, Adrian would then keep the Scots off the scoreboard for 10 minutes and added two final tallies of their own. Alma added once last goal by Jr. M Sydney Bryce (Lake Orion/Lake Orion) to make it a final score of 16-7.
Gallihugh finished with the three goals and had six shots on goal, while Street added three shots on goal. Sr. GK Stephanie Herman (Bay City/All-Saints Central) finished her collegiate career with 17 saves against the Bulldogs. Herman also led the Scots with six ground balls and Street was next with four.
As a team, Alma was outshot 33-14 by Adrian and the Bulldogs also led in draw controls by a margin of 16-9. Adrian also finished with a slight 25-23 advantage in ground balls.