MARS HILL, N.C. - The Mars Hill women's lacrosse team (4-8, 1-4 SAC) fell in a South Atlantic Conference thriller versus Tusculum (4-8, 2-2 SAC) by a score of 16-15 Tuesday night inside the Ammons Family Athletic Center and Meares Stadium.
After entering the half tied at 10, the Pioneers scored five of the first six goals of the second frame, holding a 15-11 lead with 16:29 remaining. The Lions began to rally back, scoring four of the final five goals to pull within one with 41 seconds left in the contest. With opportunities late, the Pioneers held off Mars Hill to pick up their fourth win of the season.
Opening the contest trading the first four goals, Eliza Ryan's marker with under 20 minutes to play in the opening half provided Tusculum their first lead of the contest. Holding a 6-4 advantage with 14:14 left in the first half, Tusculum allowed four straight Lions' goals with the markers being scored by Victoria Eckard, Rebecca Dallman and two from Maria Fabrizio.
The Lions held a 10-8 lead with 5:06 remaining before two goals from Juliette Cusano knotted the game at 10 entering the second half.
Cusano led all players with seven goals and nine draw controls. Ryan added four points (3g, 1a). Fabrizio led the Lions with six points (3g, 3a) followed by Molly Tobias' five (3g, 2 a).
The Lions host Queens on Saturday, April 6th inside the Ammons Family Athletic Center and Meares Stadium. First draw is scheduled for 3 p.m.