Bears Fall to Pioneers in Final Game of the Season

Daria McKenna
Daria McKenna

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - In their final game of the season, the Coast Guard women's lacrosse team fell to Smith 12-6 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Saturday afternoon on the Smith College campus.

With the loss the Bears finish the year 3-13 overall and 0-8 in the conference. The Pioneers finish 9-1 on the season and earn their first NEWMAC win of the season moving to 1-6 in conference play.

The Bears were led by junior Daria McKenna who had a team high four goals. McKenna finishes the year as the program career leader in goals (48), points (60) and assists (12). Freshman Abigail Bradford and sophomore Carter Sanderson each had a goal as well for Coast Guard. Bradford and McKenna finish tied for the team lead with 22 goals on the year.

Sophomore Emily Biggs led Smith with four goals while classmate Chloe Harris had three goals of her own. FreshmanSydney Garner had a game high two assists while five other Pioneer players had a goal.

McKenna gave the Bears the early lead firing home a free position shot just 1:40 into the game for the 1-0 advantage. 

Smith however outscored Coast Guard 5-1 to finish the first half giving them a 5-2 lead going into the second.

The second half started like the first with a goal from McKenna followed by two goals for the Pioneers from Biggs. McKenna would then score another goal followed by a tally from Sanderson with 16:30 left in the game making the score 7-5.

Smith however closed out the game on another 5-1 run holding on for the 12-6 win.

Senior Hannah Delguercio (3-13) made four saves on 16 shots allowing 12 goals. She finishes her first season of collegiate lacrosse with 139 saves which is second all time for a single season in program history.

Junior Sarah Price (9-7) made five saves on 11 shots allowing six goals.

The Bears will return 18 players next season who will look to build on the experience from this past season.