The Shippensburg University lacrosse team could not get past No. 2 West Chester on Wednesday afternoon in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division opener, dropping a 19-7 decision to the Golden Rams in action at Vonnie Gros Field.
Shippensburg (3-3) yielded the first six goals to West Chester (2-0), then scored twice to get within 6-2 with 11 minutes left the in the first half. The Golden Rams countered, and established a 12-4 halftime lead. Tatum Altman paced the hosts with six goals and three assists.
The Raiders finished with the advantage in draw controls, 15-13. Sophomore Hannah Seifried (Springfield, Pa./Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr) led the team with six and had one of the Raider goals. Sophomore Gabby Savarino (Hauppage, N.Y./Hauppage) had four draw controls and a goal, while junior Maddy Siejk (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) collected three draw controls and scored twice in the final nine minutes.
Junior Jena MacDonald (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) had a three-point day, totaling a goal and two assists. Senior Kami Holt (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) and freshman Kayla Jones (Bel Air, Md./Harford Tech) were also credited with goals. Junior Alana Cardaci (Eagleville, Pa./Methacton) was limited to one assist.
Sophomore Clairanne Chairs (Ellicott City, Mount de Sales Academy) had team highs of three caused turnovers and three groundballs along the back lines. Siejk had two caused turnovers and two groundballs.
Freshman Ally Weneta (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) finished with nine saves.
Bill Morgal is sports information director at Shippensburg University