Mavs can’t stop Kvidera sisters in loss
A strong start by the Colorado Mesa University women’s lacrosse team Saturday night was quickly overshadowed by the Kvidera sisters in Fort Lewis College’s 20-6 victory at Walker Field.
Ally and Abby Kvidera combined for more than half of Fort Lewis’ goals during the Mavericks’ breast cancer awareness night, and Ally Kvidera scored a season-high nine goals, a school record for the 2011 first team all-Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association selection.
Abby Kvidera had two goals, two assists and forced 11 turnovers for the Skyhawks (4-2, 2-0 WILA).
“We were supposed to have two of our best defenders on them,” coach Abigail Simpson said. “They’re unbelievable athletes and the girls that were supposed to mark them just got lost.”
For the Mavericks (2-6, 1-3), Rachael Sutton opened the game with her 20th goal of the season after five Skyhawk shots were turned away by Lauren Wells. A botched pass by Fort Lewis goalie Genna Waugh fell into the net to bring the Mavericks even at 3-3.
A five-goal run by the Skyhawks put the game out of reach.
Wells had a rough night in net. After stopping four straight shots, the Maverick goalie surrendered seven in a row, most coming after turnovers.
Mesa struggled to control the ball, turning it over 32 times, 19 in the second half.
Fort Lewis nearly doubled up the Mavericks with 42 shots.
“Turnover after turnover after turnover,” Simpson said. “We just threw the ball away and didn’t take care of it. That cost us.”
The Mavericks are now fourth in the WILA standings, with their only victory coming against winless Adams State.
Fort Lewis is undefeated in conference play, tied with Lindenwood (Mo.).
Sutton led scoring for the Mavericks with three goals. She’s now tied for second in the WILA with 24 goals. Sutton also assisted on one of Lexie Chavez’s two goals.
CMU has a week off before traveling to face Adams State, which the Mavericks defeated 16-9 earlier this month. During that game, Sutton had a season-high four goals.
“We need to communicate more on defense and be ready to slide,” Simpson said. “We have to know where the open people are on offense. We have game strategies for every game we play and we didn’t follow ours today.”