CARLISLE, Pa. – The No. 23 Haverford College women's lacrosse (6-5, 1-2 CC) team was upended by host Dickinson (8-3, 3-1 CC) on Saturday afternoon, falling by a 13-8 final at Biddle Field. Senior Allie Gibbons had two goals and two assists to pace Haverford, while sophomore Amelia Slade made eight saves in her 60 minutes of work between the pipes.
Dickinson started the contest on a 3-0 run, drawing to an early cushion before the Fords got on the scoreboard for the first time with 24:10 left in the first half. Junior Julia Manetta took a pass from Gibbons, finding the back of the net to trim the lead to just two.
The Red Devils responded, unleashing another 3-0 run to take a 6-1 lead with 16:25 left in the first stanza. Junior Maeve Gaffney ended the run with a tally that came with 8:59 to go, but as the theme of the first half went for the Fords, Dickinson again went on a 3-0 run. Junior Julia Pascarella scored with just five seconds left to stop the stretch, and the Red Devils took a 9-3 lead into the intermission. Dickinson later scored the first two goals of the second half, opening up an eight-goal advantage at 11-3 with just 18:04 left in the contest.
The Fords showed fight with a four-goal flurry midway through the period. Gibbons grabbed a pair of goals in the stretch, while senior Sarah Svetec and junior Hailey Morris also scored in the stretch. With 11:53 remaining, Haverford was down by just four at 11-7. The Red Devils again had an answer for Haverford, tallying twice in the final seven minutes to restore a six-goal lead at 13-7. First-year Roma Hladky scored with just 48 seconds remaining, but Dickinson was able to take a 13-8 victory in the first meeting between the two squads since the Centennial Conference first round playoff contest a season ago.
Svetec had four ground balls and a draw control to go with her goal, while Pascarella added three ground balls and a draw control. Gaffney, Gibbons, Svetec, and Emily Krupnick each had a caused turnover. Eleanor Kaestner and Erika Bloes both had three goals for Dickinson, while Laurie Travaglini collected four ground balls and caused four turnovers in a standout defensive effort for the hosts. Mack Maurer controlled seven draws as Dickinson benefited from a possession-minded offense that held a 15-7 advantage in the category
The Fords now return to action on Saturday, April 13, taking on No. 1 Gettysburg on Swan Field. Opening draw is slated for 3 p.m.