Lacrosse stumbles on opening weekend

Dominick Ingram, Staff Writer

The women’s lacrosse team opened their season last week with two games against Sewanee, the University of the South, and Carthage College. The Auggies unfortunately lost in both contests, losing 15–2 to Sewanee and losing 16–8 to Carthage College. It wasn’t the start they were hoping for, but luckily there have been some positive things to learn from their losses which makes the rest of the season look bright.

In their season opener, Augsburg was outshot by a 31–9 margin in the game against Sewanee, which allowed them to build a 10–1 halftime lead that the Auggies were not able to overcome. The Tigers scored nine unanswered goals until Allie Tuccitto scored an unassisted goal with 7:25 left in the first half for the Auggies. Augsburg later scored an unassisted goal with nine seconds left in the game from Christina Nelson who also had four ground balls and two draw controls in the game. Auggie goalie Maddie Seykora finished with nine saves, 12 ground balls and two forced turnovers in the game.

In their second game of the weekend series, the Auggies were outshot again, this time by a 37–20 margin at the hands of Carthage. The Lady Reds had four straight goals in a 4:05 span early in the game that gave them the lead for the rest of the game. Carthage had another three-goal run late in the first half just after the Auggies had cut the lead to 5–4. One of the main reasons that Augsburg was able to stay in the game was because of goalie Maddie Seykora who had a career-best 17-save effort. Seykora also caused two turnovers and five ground balls to cap off her amazing day. Many other Auggies made key contributions such as Megan Furlong, who led the Auggie offense by scoring a career-high three goals and causing one turnover. Allie Tuccitto and Annika Hegrenes both scored scored two goals and both had one assist for a goal. Hegrenes had a career-high seven draw controls to go with her two goals.

Augsburg will look to turn their season around on Saturday when they open Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference play with a game against first-year program Marian, Wisc., March 9 at 7 p.m. at Edor Nelson Field.

This article was originally published in the March 8, 2019 issue.