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Women’s lax falls to rival Spartans in MAC finals – Stevenson Villager

Women’s lax falls to rival Spartans in MAC finals – Stevenson Villager

Stevenson women’s lacrosse battled No. 1 York relentlessly on Saturday, ultimately losing 8-7. Their season ends with an overall record of 12-7 and 52 at the MAC (Mid-Atlantic Conference).

The No. 3 seed team looked to build on their memorable MAC semifinal win against No. 2 seed Messiah on Wednesday.

“Our team walked out with complete confidence in each other,” said graduate student Sophia Murray. “I think we played to win, and even though we came up short, we fought until the last second, which is something to be proud of.”

Determined to stay in the game, the Stangs remained just one step behind York with goals from Murray, fourth-year Kara Yarusso, third-year Kellyann Coccia, graduate student Erin Steinberg and freshman Ava Treakle. York were a tough opponent, but Coccia is confident in her team’s capabilities and potential for next season.

“Even though we didn’t come out on top, I never doubted for a second that we were the better team on the field,” said Coccia.

Freshman Ava Treakle fights for the draw. (Sabina Moran)

Stevenson fought to the end, but the Spartans’ defense carried them to their third consecutive MAC Commonwealth title, earning them an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse tournament.

The loss was disappointing, but Murray looks back on her teammates and the overall season fondly.

“Each girl has worked so hard to help the team get to this point, and I can’t express how grateful I am to them for being such generally welcoming and just great people,” Murray said. “I hope I have had as much of a positive impact on them as they have had on me.”