Big offensive performance not enough, lacrosse falls to Youngstown State

Jimmy Oswald Sports Reporter

 

The Kent State lacrosse team fell to in a shootout to Youngstown State University 23-20 on Sunday. 

The Flashes jumped out to an early 8-3 lead before YSU scored five straight goals to tie it up.

The Penguins would take a 12-10 lead into halftime.

KSU scored five goals in a row to start the second period, but YSU scored three to tie it back up.

The Penguins took the lead at 19-18 with 12 minutes to go and went on to score four of the last six goals.

The Flashes are 4-9 (3-5 Mid-American Conference) and in fourth place in the MAC, while the Penguins are 2-6 and in last place. 

Junior midfielder Abby Jones tied a program record with seven goals. Jones leads the team in goals this season with 32. 

Jones had one assist to set another program record for most points in a single game with eight. 

Freshman attacker Jackie Wolford and junior midfielder Madison Rapier had three goals. 

Rapier has scored a goal in every game she played in this season and is fifth in the MAC in goals per game with 2.90. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Madison Flannigan started in the net and allowed 17 goals and eight saves with a save percentage of .320. 

The Flashes allow 16.93 goals a game, worst in the MAC.

KSU took 45 shots and had 39 shots on goal, both program records. 

The Penguins edged the Flashes 23-22 in draw controls. Rapier had six draw controls and leads the team on the season with 35. 

Junior defender Graceyn Dean set a program record by forcing her 18th turnover of the season.

The loss ended an up-and-down week for the Flashes, who lost 17-6 at Akron on Tuesday, then won 17-12 at Detroit Mercy Thursday. 

KSU plays at second-place Central Michigan University (6-6, 4-2 MAC) on Wednesday.

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