PHILADELPHIA, PA. 4/19/2015 – The La Salle Explorers women’s lacrosse team fell behind by a score of 10 – 0 against the Massachusetts Minutemen in the first 16 minutes of the game. The Explorers decided to fight back, learn some lessons from that point, and build for the future. While not able to overcome the deficit La Salle gave a competitive effort for the remainder of the game falling 14 – 9 at McCarthy Stadium.
“I think it was a tale of two halves,” said La Salle Coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell. “Our team played really scared in the first half. The confidence and determination in the second was really good, so if we can put that together, we will be more successful going forward.”
UMass held a 10 – 2 halftime lead. La Salle turned it around in the second half outscoring Massachusetts by a 7 – 3 margin in the second half. Katelyn Fay scored 5 goals for the Explorers. Alanna Diffendal scored a goal and posted a career-high 4 assists. Goal Keeper Gabby Antonelli made a season-high 15 saves in the contest.
The Minutemen sit atop the Atlantic 10 with a 6 – 0 record, 14 – 1 overall. While the Explorers showed grit, they cannot afford to get that far behind, especially against the league leaders who now hold a 34-game conference win streak.
La Salle (7 – 7, 3 – 3) is a game behind George Mason and George Washington for the fourth and final Atlantic 10 Tournament spot. The Explorers have two more games to play to get to fourth place. The next outing is a Friday game at Saint Joseph’s. La Salle finishes the regular season at home against second place Richmond on Sunday. La Salle needs to stay focused on that goal.
“Our approach is to go game-by-game,” Taglianetti Bossell said. “We do our best to prepare for that game. Now, we have Saint Joe’s, so we can take some positives form this, move forward, and figure out what to do against Saint Joe’s.”
“We have two great games ahead of us.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian