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Fisher women's lacrosse team suffers season ending loss to Wesleyan 11-6

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The No. 18 St. John Fisher College women's lacrosse team concluded its 2018 season on Sunday afternoon, as the Cardinals were defeated by No. 15 Wesleyan University in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship by a score of 11-6. Fisher finishes its outstanding season with an overall record of 17-3, which ties the program record for wins in a single-season, while the Cardinals from Wesleyan improve to 12-6 overall on the season.

Wesleyan was the first team on the scoreboard in the second round matchup, as the Cardinals found the back of the net at the 21:58 and 11:19 marks of the first half.

Mary Grace Doyle put Fisher on the scoreboard just three minutes later, as she scored her 20th of the season with a rocket from the free-position into the top-left corner of the cage, cutting the Wesleyan lead back to one.

No. 15 Wesleyan however answered with two goals within a minute of each other, giving them a 4-1 advantage heading into the halftime break.

To start the second half of play, it was the Cardinals of Fisher finding the back of the net first, as Mackenzie LeVan took advantage of the man-up advantage and notched her 26th of the season, also from the free-position.

With Fisher outshooting the visitors 12 to nine in the second half, Wesleyan was able to increase its lead with a three goal-run midway through the second half, which gave them a 7-2 lead on the scoreboard.

Mallory Eymer and Logan Chase followed up, with Eymer scoring the third-straight Fisher goal from the free-position, as the sophomore netted her 41st of the season, while Chase found the back of the net less than two minutes later for her 23rd of the season.

Both teams traded two-goal runs over the next two and a half minutes, with Eymer and Chase again each taking advantage of a Wesleyan non-releasable yellow card, cutting the lead back to three goals.

With the clock ticking down, Wesleyan added two more goals to help close out its second victory of the weekend.

Fisher goalkeeper Morgan Hayes suffered her first loss of the season, finishing with an 11-1 record, while making five saves in the game.

Defensively, Fisher was led by the freshman Chase who caused three turnovers and grabbed three ground balls, while Hayley Maguire added another three caused turnovers throughout the game.

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