Mequon, WI -- The Beloit College Women's Lacrosse team, shorthanded from the beginning, rallied from three goals down to get back within one but were shut down from that point on in a 10-6 loss to Aurora University in the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference semifinals Friday at Concordia University.
Aurora scored the first two goals of the game before Hannah Drexler tallied back-to-back, the first on a free position and the second assisted by Michelle Dillon, to tie it up at the 12:10 mark of the opening half. The Spartans scored on the man-down with 40 seconds left in the half to lead 3-2 at the break.
Drexler scored her second free position goal of the game three-plus minutes into the second half to tie it at 3-all but AU scored the next three to build a 6-3 advantage. Marci McClenon stopped the run with the man advantage before Aurora got their lead back to three goals 16 seconds later. Dillon (Drexler) and Drexler (free position) scored consecutive goals to pull Beloit within 7-6 with 7:32 remaining but that was the end of the scoring for the Buccaneers. The Spartans scored three times in the final 6:42 to seal the win and advance to the MWLC Tournament Championship Game on Saturday.
Marie Bonine, the MWLC Defensive Player of the Year, made 16 saves in net to keep Beloit within striking distance. She also had a team-best seven ground balls. Drexler and Emma Schroer each had three caused turovers.