St. Mary's City, Md. – Senior attacker Emily Shafer (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) equals the school record for assists in a game as the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team succumbed to their second consecutive one-goal decision. The Seahawks dropped a 14-13 non-conference decision to the visiting McDaniel College Green Terror Friday afternoon.
St. Mary's (2-5) outscored the Green Terror (3-1), 8-6, in the second half but junior defender Monica Parcell (Prospect Park, Pa./Interboro) completed the hat trick as Parcell converted her second free position shot of the day with 12.3 seconds left in regulation. First-year midfielder Brynn Miller (Frederick, Md./Urbana) won the ensuing draw control for the Seahawks but time expired before St. Mary's could get a shot off.
Shafer paced the Seahawk offense with nine points as she dished a career-best eight assists to match the school record set by Carol Schmoeller '04 on April 9, 2003 against Goucher College. Another highlight for St. Mary's was first-year attacker Taylor Sartor's (Towson, Md./Loch Raven) first career hat trick.
The teams traded the first six goals as the game was knotted 3-3 at 13:49. However, senior captain Paige Messersmith's (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) tally at 13:49 sparked a 3-0 run to give McDaniel a 5-3 advantage with 8:04 left in the first half. Miller found the back of the net 41 seconds later to cut the lead to one. The Green Terror posted another 3-0 run with three free position goals in a row and headed into halftime with an 8-5 advantage.
Sophomore attacker Julia Jacobs (Stevensville, Md./St. Mary's) was McDaniel's leading scorer as Jacobs was 3-for-3 on free position shots. As a team, the Green Terror went 7-for-10 on eight-meter shots. Messersmith and Parcell each scored three times in the win.
The Seahawks pulled within 9-7 at 20:41 with a 2-1 start to the second half. St. Mary's continued to rally with a 4-2 run for the fourth draw of the contest – an 11-11 tie at 10:24 as sophomore midfielder Daniella Hanacek (Rockville, Md./T.S. Wootton) notched her fifth goal of the season. St. Mary's and McDaniel exchanged the next five goals in the final 8:40 of the contest.
Hanacek chipped in on the defensive end with five ground balls and three caused turnovers while sophomore goalkeeper Michelle DiMenna (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) tallied nine saves.
Along with her offensive contributions, Messersmith added four caused turnovers and six ground balls for the Green Terror. Sophomore Lily Galzerano (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) picked up 11 stops, including seven in the second half, and two caused turnovers in the win.
St. Mary's will be back in action on Wednesday, March 20 when the Seahawks travel to Pennsylvania to take on Haverford College in a non-conference contest at 7:00 pm.
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