The IUP lacrosse season has officially come to an end as the team was upset by Seton Hill in the first round of the PSAC tournament, 16-14.
In the regular season, Seton Hill and IUP were evenly matched. Both teams ended the regular season 8-4 in the conference, and the Crimson Hawks had one fewer loss overall. In their one previous meeting, IUP got the overtime win 14-13.
The game began with IUP trying to capture the momentum.
IUP scored first with Katie Martyn (senior criminology) picking up the first goal of the game slightly more than three minutes in. However, Seton Hill quickly bounced back and tied up the game.
This back-and-forth battle continued through the first 10 minutes. At that point, Seton Hill found an opening in the Crimson Hawk defense and exploited it.
The Griffins scored six unanswered goals in seven minutes to take a five-goal lead. With IUP seeing the season slipping away, the team bounced back, outscoring Seton Hill 3-1 over the next nine minutes, cutting the lead to three.
Yet, IUP could not hold that score until halftime. The Griffins outscored IUP 3-1 in the final five minutes of the half to go up 11-6.
The second half was all about IUP attempting to make a comeback.
In the first 15 minutes of the second half, the Crimson Hawks scored four goals and let up two as they cut the Seton Hill lead to three goals. However, one slip in the IUP defense took almost all hope away.
In the next five minutes, IUP let up three goals and scored only one to put themselves down by five with only 10 minutes left in the game.
The Crimson Hawks attempted a final comeback as Shannon Hartigan (junior, pre-vet) scored three straight goals.
Sadly, three goals was not enough, and IUP’s season came to an end 16-14.
Hartigan led the way for IUP as she scored five goals and picked up three assists in the game.
Overall this season, Ally Burrows (senior, biology) led the team offensively scoring 57 goals and ending with 75 points. Burrows ended her IUP career with the third most career points, records for the second and third most goals in a season and the most goals in a career by 52.
Hartigan was also a major factor for the Crimson Hawks all season as she led the team in assists with 23.
Now, IUP must say goodbye to its seniors as they have built a wonderful final season.
“Without my unit, I would not be the player I am,” said Mollie Gallagher (senior, early childhood development and special education). “I wanted to make every game count. Leaving the field, I know I did everything I could to help my team.”