REDLANDS, Calif. – After beginning its inaugural season with seven-consecutive wins, the University of Chicago women's lacrosse team was handed its first defeat on Thursday night in a 20-12 loss to University of Redlands.
The action went back-and-forth early on, but the host Bulldogs gradually extended their lead with a 9-2 run that left them up 13-6 at the break. UChicago persisted in the second half and found a few more goals, but each time Redlands responded to keep the game just out of reach.
The Maroons move to 7-1 this year, while Redlands' record now sits at 6-4.
Redlands outshot UChicago 35-30 overall and put 28 on goal to the Maroons' 23 on-target efforts. First-year midfielder Karina Schulze dominated the draw for the visitors, earning 14 of her squad's 23 draw controls while the Bulldogs claimed just 12 as a team. Redlands made up for this disadvantage with a 35-24 lead in ground balls, evening out the battle for possession.
Schulze and first-year attacker Abbey Pouba paced UChicago with three goals each. The only other Maroon to score more than once was first-year midfielder Ali Sheehy. First-year defender Jordan Coan impressed on the other end of the field, causing three turnovers and winning five ground balls.
Things started off well for the visitors as Schulze snatched the opening draw and the Maroon offense sprung into motion. After working around, the ball came back to Schulze who drew a foul as she darted toward goal. Her converted free position put UChicago on the board first.
That advantage would not last long as Redlands slotted a free-position shot, then added another from open play a minute later to make it 2-1. The Bulldogs might have had a third in quick succession but Coan stepped in to intercept the final pass right in front of goal.
UChicago then returned to the attack. When Schulze found her way blocked, she popped a pass over her defenders to Sheehy, who had her first attempt saved but put back the rebound to even the score at two goals apiece.
Scrappy defending briefly held off Redlands before another rapid pair put the hosts ahead 4-2. First-year midfielder Audrey Kaus earned a free position and ripped a shot over the goalie and under the bar, then Schulze buried another a minute later and the game was tied again.
Redlands notched four goals over the next five minutes, putting UChicago up against its largest deficit of the year. Looking to retaliate, Schulze got open but had her shot saved. A Redlands defender tried to gather the loose ball behind goal until first-year attacker Lally Johnson chopped it away, allowing her classmate and fellow attacker Sarah Bloomquist to deliver a pass to Pouba streaking down the middle for the finish.
In a sign of frustration to come, the Bulldogs matched the well-worked score with a goal of their own. When Schulze then found Johnson a few yards right of net, she circled in to score. However, Redlands capitalized on a turnover to keep the margin steady at four.
The final minutes of the first half proved to be another pivotal stretch as the hosts once again reeled off four unanswered goals, leaving UChicago trailing 13-6.
Several minutes of hard work earned the Maroons the first goal after the interval, with junior Maya De Jonge converting an assist from Johnson. That possession had begun with a save from Honor Crandell and the junior goalie made several more stops over the next few minutes as UChicago strained to pull closer.
A free position gave Redlands its first goal of the half just after the eight-minute mark, but Pouba soon slung in a free position shot of her own as the Maroons fought through physical Bulldog defending.
The visitors sustained a long offensive push, but ultimately it was Redlands scoring next, returning the deficit to seven goals. Another home score made it 16-8 and prompted a UChicago timeout.
Over the last 15 minutes of play both offenses slowed their scoring pace, though Pouba and Sheehy converted from free positions to get UChicago into double digits.
The Maroons kept up the fight as first-year attacker Isabelle Moran found the net even with her team down a player due to a yellow card. Schulze scored the last UChicago goal after winning the draw with a minute and a half to play. These on-field efforts matched the energy of a vocal sideline that stayed engaged through the final seconds of action, when Moran charged through only to have her shot saved before the horn.
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