Crusaders Comeback Falls Short in Conference Opener
Women's Lacrosse - Sat, Mar. 18, 2017
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Concordia University
Concordia University (2-1, 1-1 WHAC)549
Madonna University (0-3, 0-1 WHAC)257
Livonia, MI
Scoring Summary
Period - TimeTeamPlayerAssist
1 - 22:34Concordia UniversityKate Kirchoff-
1 - 21:01Concordia UniversityBrianna Limback-
1 - 20:18Concordia UniversityJessica Russ-
1 - 19:20Madonna UniversitySamantha SchwartzJordyn Shepler
1 - 16:49Concordia UniversityLauren LitogotBrianna Limback
1 - 02:09Concordia UniversityGrace Stadler-
1 - 00:05Madonna UniversityBriana Warner-
2 - 29:24Concordia UniversityJessica Russ-
2 - 19:17Concordia UniversityAbigail Turner-
2 - 15:19Concordia UniversityLauren Litogot-
2 - 14:39Concordia UniversityAbigail Turner-
2 - 13:31Madonna UniversityJordyn Shepler-
2 - 06:49Madonna UniversitySamantha Schwartz-
2 - 04:49Madonna UniversityJordyn Shepler-
2 - 04:11Madonna UniversityKatie Larabell-
2 - 00:29Madonna UniversitySamantha Schwartz-
Concordia UniversityIndv. LeadersMadonna University
3 Players - 2Goals#8 Samantha Schwartz - 3
#35 Brianna Limback - 1Assists#17 Jordyn Shepler - 1
#24 Jessica Russ - 5Shots#3 Katie Larabell - 7
#25 Samantha Shatrau - 11Saves#92 Stephanie Mackley - 8
Concordia UniversityTeam StatisticsMadonna University
25 (17)Shots (on goal) 27 (18)
15Ground Balls 16
11Saves 8
9Clears 8
17Turnovers 17
Face Offs Won

LIVONIA, Mich. – The Madonna University women's lacrosse team scored the final five goals in the contest, but time ran out on the Crusaders' furious comeback in a 9-7 loss to Concordia University – Ann Arbor to open Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon.

Madonna, playing it first game at the Madonna Athletics Complex, fell to 0-3 in its inaugural season and 0-1 in the WHAC while the Cardinals move to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Playing in chilly (37 degrees with a 10 mph wind at the opening draw) and wet weather, the Crusaders well behind early as Concordia scored the first three and five of the first six goals to open a 5-2 lead after the opening 30 minutes.

In the second half, the Crusaders struggled early, allowing four unanswered goals, but they never quit. A free position goal from Jordyn Shepler (SR/Livonia, Mich.) at the 13:31 mark sparked a run of five straight tallies by MU, which included a man-down goal by Samantha Schwartz (FR/Oxford, Mich.). It was too late for the Crusaders though as a goal was called back for a crease violation and MU cut the deficit to two, 9-7, with 29 seconds to play.

Schwartz paced the offense with three goals on three shots while Shepler added a pair of tallies on four shots to go with three ground balls and an assist. Briana Warner (FR/Comstock Park, Mich.) and Katie Larabell (SO/Novi, Mich.) also scored on goal each and combined for five groundballs. Warner also added a draw control and a caused turnover.

Stephanie Mackely continues to improve in goal as she stopped eight of the 17 shots she faced in her 60 minutes in net.

In the contest, Madonna outshot Concordia 27-25 including a 22-9 margin in the second half. MU also had more groundballs (16-15) than the Cardinals. Both teams committed 17 turnovers while MU had eight clears to CU's nine.

Madonna will look to earn their first win when the return to action on Monday, Mar. 20 against third-ranked Indiana Tech. The contest, played at the Madonna Athletics Complex, is set for 5 p.m. with live coverage, weather permitting, available on the Madonna Athletics Network at

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Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 WHAC: 0-0