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Miller scores four in a conference thriller

Emma Miller (c) 2022 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Emma Miller (c) 2022 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
Swarthmore (7-4, 2-3 CC) 11, McDaniel (7-5, 2-3 CC) 10
What: Centennial Conference (CC) women's lacrosse game
When:
 Saturday, Apr. 16
Where: Westminster, Md.

THE SKINNY
In a back-and-forth battle, Swarthmore built an early lead scored timely goals in the second half to thwart a McDaniel second-half rally to hold on for an 11-10 victory.

THE LEADERS
• Emma Miller (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) led the Green Terror with four goals and four draw controls.
Natalie Hoff (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) added three goals.

FOR THE FOES

• Helena Irvine led the Garnet with three goals.
• Emma Holub chipped in two goals and an assist.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• Despite the defenses controlling the opening period, Swarthmore was able to get on the board early with a pair of goals in the opening 4:53. McDaniel responded with back-to-back goals by Emma Miller 3 minutes, 16 seconds apart to draw the game even after 15 minutes.
Natalie Hoff put the Green Terror in front by one with 8:58 left in the second quarter but, with 6:24 remaining, Emma Holub found the back of the net to draw the Garnet level. Eleanor Miller converted a free-position attempt bto go back in front with 5:12 o play before Isabela Bloomquist to stretch the lead to 5-3 just 17 seconds later.
• The Garnet opened the second half with two goals, including Kyra hall converting a free-position with a player advantage, to take a 7-3 lead with 10:31 showing. An Acadia Noll (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) unassisted goal and Lara Jensen (West Chester, Pa./The Tatnall School) free-position tally 1:21 apart cut the lead to 7-5 with 8:22 remaining in the quarter. Abigail Love responded for Swarthmore with a goal and assist on the next two goals to stretch the lead to back to four heading into the final period.
• Miller and Hoff once again trimmed the margin to two in the first 4:08 of the fourth quarter. However, Helena Irvine and Emma Holub sandwiched another Miller tally to make it 11-8 with 2:18 on the clock. With just over a minute remaining, Hoff tallied her third of the afternoon. After the Green Terror defense came up with a stop, Kealey Allison (Frankford, Del./Indian River) found the back of the net for her first point of the game to make it a one-goal game with seven ticks remaining. Allison gained possession on the ensuing draw but time expired.

THE INSIDE STORY

• McDaniel finished with a slight edge in shots, 31-26.
• With the goal in the waning seconds, Kealey Allison extended her goal-scoring streak to 17 straight games.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action at Dickinson on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m.