Mesa falls to Lindenwood

As she runs a few steps ahead of Lindenwood University’s Lexi Crusha, 27, Colorado Mesa University’s Maddie Spor, 2, passes the ball to a teammate upfield Sunday during the first half of the Mavericks’ loss at Walker Field.

There were two distinct differences between the Colorado Mesa University women’s lacrosse team and Lindenwood (Mo.) University on Sunday at Walker Field.

First, Lindenwood’s starting lineup features mostly upperclassmen and CMU, in its second year as a program, plays mostly freshman and sophomores.

The second was summed up when coach Abby Simpson described her recruiting plans for the offseason after the 19-7 loss to Lindenwood.

“East Coast,” she said. “I mean that’s where a lot of Lindenwood’s kids are from.”

Lindenwood, the Western Intercollegiate Association champions at 8-0 league and 15-2 overall, recruited eight of 11 starters from the East Coast of United States or Ontario, Canada. The Mavericks (3-11, 2-6 WILA), on the other hand, feature mostly Colorado players.

“We need to add more talent around (freshman Rachel Sutton),” Simpson said. “It’ll make her shine and help her make other players shine too, because she’s helped out with assists and not just scoring. We need kids that are scorers.”

Sutton, who finished the season with 40 goals, fell just short of surpassing Alexis Rawlings scoring record. Rawlings finished the 2011 season with 42 goals for Mesa as a freshman before transferring to Fresno State. Sutton also was the team leader in points with 47 and had 65 draw controls. Sophomore Allie Henderson led the team with 11 assists.

“I think we battled with our age at times this year,” Simpson said. “We had some leaders, but we need these girls to develop more collegiate experience and that only comes with time. I’m proud of them. Last week it was a good game against Regis. We’re doing a lot of things well; we just need that experience level and that comes with time.”

The Mavericks trailed 7-2 to Lindenwood at halftime before the game spiraled out of control. Mesa was outshot 42-16 and committed 24 turnovers.


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