Angola, Ind. - The Alma College women's lacrosse team dropped a 17-16 decision to Trine University (IN) on Saturday (April 13). Alma led by as many as six in the first half before succumbing to the Thunder in the second. Trine used a 3-0 run to pull to within two, then scored five of the game's last six goals go from down 15-12 to up 17-15.
Olivia Benoit (Grosse Pointe, Mich. / Grosse Pointe North) led the Scots (3-9, 0-6 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) with seven goals and 10 draw controls. She and Courtney Hartnagle (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) tied for the team lead with four ground balls. MacKenzie Chevalier (Fraser, Mich. / International Academy of Macomb) scored four goals on six shots.
Kristin John led all players with eight goals for the Thunder (5-7, 1-3 MIAA). She is the league's second-best goal scorer with 48. Chloe Vruno added five goals and six ground balls.
How It Happened
- The Scots led the entire way. Kalyn Thompson (Jackson, Mich. / Hanover Horton) scored the game's first goal and Benoit followed less than a minute later.
- Alma pushed the lead to four with three straight goals after Trine got on the board. It scored three more, including a man-up goal by Savana Shellman (New Boston, Mich. / Huron) midway through the first half to give the Scots an 8-2 lead.
- The Thunder pulled to within one with four straight goals near the end of the first half. Thompson got one back with three minutes left and Benoit added another with 12 seconds left in the half, but Kristin John beat the halftime buzzer by one second to keep the deficit at three at the break.
- Alma extended its lead to five in the early stages of the second half. Trine would pull to within two by the halfway point.
- Benoit scored two goals in a two-minute span to push the lead back up to three. The Thunder responded with four straight goals to take the lead with 4:17 remaining. They would add another with 2:34 left to go up by two.
- Chevalier's goal with 1:10 left brought the Scots to within one, but it would be all they could muster.
- Olivia Benoit posted 11 points in the game (seven goals, four assists). She has 99 career points and is looking to become the fifth player in Alma history to reach the 100-point mark.
- MacKenzie Chevalier's four goals are a new career-high.
- Allie Ray (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. / Comsewogue) made 12 saves, the fewest she has made since March 2 against Franklin.
- Alma won 20 draw controls to Trine's 14.
Alma has a week off before traveling to Hope to face the Flying Dutch on Wednesday (April 24). Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.