DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Women's Lacrosse team cut a three-goal lead to just one with 8:02 remaining but could not find the equalizer as they fell 9-8 to Bard College on Thursday afternoon at Drass Field.
Foley Wassmuth and Bailey Olds each recorded a goal and two assists while Paige Brehm netted a pair of goals in her collegiate debut. Fallon Fore scored twice and Brianna Bacon netted a goal and dished out an assist.
Nyi Wright led the Wolverines with four caused turnovers and seven ground balls while Bacon and Wassmuth each snagged a pair of draw controls. Savannah Clough made eight saves on the day, scooped four ground balls and caused a turnover but took the loss in net.
Wesley jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first half. From the opening whistle it took the Wolverines just 11 seconds to find the net. Foley Wassmuth won the game's opening draw control, dished ahead to Fallon Fore and Fore beat the keeper to make it 1-0.
After a Bard goal leveled the score, Bailey Olds manufactured a pair of back-to-back goals, scoring one and finding Fore for one to make it 3-1. On the Wolverines' next possession, Wassmuth scored the most acrobatic goal of the game. The freshman beat a defender on the left side, moved toward the middle and was tripped. Wassmuth cranked a shot as she fell to the ground, beating the keeper on a bounce to make it 4-1. The two teams traded goals before the halftime whistle and went into the break with the Wolverines leading 5-2.
After halftime, Bard went on a 6-0 run to take an 8-5 lead. The Raptors held Wesley scoreless for the first 16:25 of the second half until Paige Brehm broke the seal with her first goal of the season. The freshman made her debut after missing the first half of the season with an injury. Brianna Bacon followed with a goal just 44 seconds later to make it 8-7.
The Raptors halted the Wesley momentum with a goal, making it 9-7 with 11:20 remaining but the Wolverines continued fighting. Brehm scored her second with 8:02 remaining, making it a one-goal game again.
As time wound away, the Wolverines had a handful of quality chances. Bacon and Brehm each had good looks at goal, but Bacon was turned away by the Raptors' goalkeeper and Brehm's free position went begging just wide of the far post. Time ran out on the Navy and White as Bard escaped with the 9-8 victory.
The Wolverines move to 2-6 on the season and will resume conference play on Saturday when they travel to Alvernia for another non-conference tilt.