SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - - The Wilmington University women's lacrosse team dropped its season opener at Shippensburg, 15-9, on Saturday afternoon at the Robb Sports Complex.
The Raiders (1-0) made their mark in the first half, scoring 10 goals while controlling possession with an 11-5 advantage in draw controls. The home team also out shot the Wildcats (0-1), 23-11, in the first half.
Brooke Siebert scored her first collegiate career goal to tie the game, 1-1, early in the contest, but the Raiders scored three straight to grab a 4-1 lead. Delaney Steele scored her first goal as a Wildcat before Lashay Ross capitalized on a man-advantage to get to within a goal, 4-3, with 16:10 left in the first half.
Shippensburg sandwiched two goals around a Lashay Ross mark before Mariah Spencer scored her first of the year on a free position attempt. The Raiders answered with the final two goals of the half, taking a 10-5 lead into the break.
Lashay Ross scored back-to-back goals early in the second half, but once again the home team had an answer. The Raiders retaliated with four straight goals from the 10 minute mark to the three minute mark, stretching the lead out to 15-7 with 2:57 left in regulation.
Taylor Lambeth got on the board with her first of the year before Ross capped her afternoon off with her fifth and final goal, but it was too little, too late for the Wildcats and they dropped the season opener.
Ross finished with five goals and an assist, as well as added four ground balls and two draw controls. Maris Allen led the team with seven draw controls while adding three ground balls in her Wildcats debut.
Maddie Hurm made eight saves in the first half while Tori Grubowski made five saves in the second half in her collegiate debut.
The Wildcats remain on the road and in the PSAC for their next contest, as they head to Millersville on Wednesday. The opening draw is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.