Alma, Mich. - Allie Ray (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. / Comsewogue) made 26 saves, tying the program's all-time single-game saves record as the Alma College women's lacrosse team dropped a 19-8 decision to Kalamazoo College on Saturday (April 6).
Ray also pulled in a game-high seven ground balls while Olivia Benoit (Grosse Pointe, Mich. / Grosse Pointe North) scored a team-high three goals for the Scots (3-7, 0-4 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association).
Kalamazoo's (3-7, 1-1 MIAA) Rachel Madar tallied nine goals and nine draw controls; Madar is second in the conference in goals with 41 and first in draw controls with 93. Amanda Moss added five goals and two assists.
How It Happened
- Ray was tested from the start as the Hornets scored just over a minute into the game. Often, Ray came out of the cage to meet the Kalamazoo attackers head-on as they were shooting and tracked the shot right into her stick. By the end of the half, she had amassed 17 – there have been seven games this season in which Ray made 17 or fewer saves.
- The Scots got on the board at 17:19 when Basso scored her eighth goal of the year on a free position shot.
- Benoit scored her first goal of the game with 2:20 left in the half. It got Alma back to within six goals at an 8-2 deficit.
- Benoit and Haley Willman (Hemlock, Mich. / Breckenridge) scored the first two goals of the second half to cut even further into the lead. Willman added another goal three minutes later on a free position shot.
- Kalamazoo scored the next four goals to pull away. When the Scots responded with two goals of their own within 16 seconds on each other, the Hornets scored four more to put the game out of reach with five minutes left.
- In addition to her saving prowess, Allie Ray has become one of only four players in Alma College history to pick up 100 or more ground balls in their careers. She has 110 to her name.
- Haley Willman has three goals in her last two games.
- Allie Ray posted a 57.8 save percentage, her highest in her last five games. It is also the eighth time in ten games she has saved at least half of the shots she has faced.
The Scots host Albion College on Wednesday (April 10) in their final home game of the regular season. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.