Mesa women’s lacrosse team falls to Fort Lewis in close game

Mesa State’s women’s lacrosse team came oh, so close Wednesday to winning its first Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association game.

The Mavs, though, gave up three unanswered goals in the final 61⁄2 minutes and lost 16-15 to Fort Lewis at Walker Field.

Mesa (1-6, 0-2 WILA) had a man advantage after the Skyhawks’ Jessica Norby was called for a crosse in the face, a three-minute penalty.

The game was tied when Norby was sent off, and Allie Henderson scored on a free-position shot for the Mavericks for a 14-13 lead. Maria Heilner scored the second power-play goal for a 15-13 lead with 10:21 left.

Four minutes later, though, Ally Kvidera scored after Fort Lewis goalie Genna Waugh saved a shot by the Mavs’ Amanda Simon. Back on the field, Norby picked up a ground ball and scored with 5:29 left to tie the game at 15-15.

Mesa State had a chance to retake the lead, but again, Waugh stopped Simon’s shot with 2:27 to play. The teams exchanged turnovers with about two minutes to play and Kvidera got the ball past Mesa goalie Lauren Wells with 1:25 remaining. She then controlled the draw and the Skyhawks (3-4, 2-0) ran out the clock.

Mesa State led 4-0 behind its leading scorers, Alexis Rawlings and Henderson, who alternated goals. It was 5-2 after Rawlings’ third goal, and Simon scored for a 6-3 lead with 14:27 to play in the first half.

Fort Lewis, though, rattled off six straight goals to lead 9-6 and had a 10-7 halftime lead. Kvidera and Norby each scored five goals for the Skyhawks.

Rawlings and Simon scored four goals each and Henderson added three for the Mavericks, who play Adams State on Saturday afternoon at Walker Field. Last weekend, Fort Lewis defeated Adams State 24-2.


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