The Beloit College women's lacrosse team controlled the center draw circle but fell 11-10 to Elmhurst College in the 2018 season opener Wednesday night.
Statistically, Beloit dominated earning the advantage in shots, ground balls, draws and clear efficiency but free position shots proved to be the difference in the game.
Junior attacker Tate Mitchell (New York City, N.Y.) opened the scoring for the Buccaneers with a man-up goal off an assist from sophomore midfielder Nicole Dolcimascolo (Redding, Conn.) just 1:27 into the game. Elmhurst countered with two free position goals over the next six minutes to take a 2-1 lead.
First-year midfielder Kieran Rodning (Northfield, Minn.) knotted the score 2-2 with her first career collegiate goal at the 20:17 mark. Fellow first-year middie Morgan Nicholson (Longwood, Fla.) gave the Bucs the lead after finding the back of the net on a free position shot with 11:37 left in the first half.
The squads traded goals with Mitchell posting her second goal of the game at the 6:19 mark. Elmhurst brought the game back to even, 4-4 just 28 seconds later. Sophomore midfield Fiona Milchman (Chelsea, Vt.) notched her first goal of the season to give the Bucs a 5-4 lead heading into the break.
Nicholson and Mitchell struck again in the first seven minutes of the second half to extend Beloit's lead to 7-4. Elmhurst's Grace Knoebel narrowed the gap to 7-6 with a pair of unassisted goals just over a minute apart.
Rodning got in on the second half action with a goal at the 15:00 mark off of an assist from Olivia Nasatir (Tarzana, Calif.) giving BC an 8-6 advantage. A see-saw battle ensued with Elmhurst scoring at 9:45 and Beloit countering less than a minute later courtesy of Dolcimascolo on a free position shot. EC struck again at 8:24 but once again Beloit answered with Nicholson finding Mitchell for an open strike.
The final three goals of the game came off of free position shots for Elmhurst College.
Beloit's sophomore keeper Alexa Arakelian (Palatine, Ill.) registered eight saves in her first collegiate game in net. Mitchell led the Buc offense with four goals off of seven shots.
Up Next: The Buccaneers host Benedictine March 9 at 7 p.m.