FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women's lacrosse team opened the 2019 season on a frigid afternoon at Faught Stadium, taking on the Alma College Scots.
After having an early goal wiped out due to an infraction, the Grizzlies (0-1) fell into a deep hole in the opening 20 minutes. The Grizzlies clawed their way back within striking distance over the final 40 minutes, but the Scots (3-1) were able to hold off the late rally and leave town with a 16-12 win.
The Grizzlies appeared to score the first goal of the game in the opening minute, but the tally was wiped out due to a stick infraction. Alma fed off the momentum of the no-goal, scoring four straight goals over a stretch of 3:14. Franklin got on the board with 21:47 left in the first half on a Haley Ash goal, but Alma would counter with five straight tallies and led 9-1 with just under 10 minutes to go in the half.
Franklin would head into the half on a high note, thanks to three goals from Brooke Hughes, two of which came in the final minute of the half. Shots were 25-14 in Alma's favor at the break and the Scots held a 10-4 lead after 30 minutes of play.
Shelbi Hunter and Peytan Mills potted their first goals of the year in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, but Alma had a counter each time to keep the lead at six. Franklin would close the gap to 13-9 with 12 minutes to go after three straight goals, but weren't able to draw any closer before the final horn sounded.
Hughes set a new single-game career high with five goals on a team-high 10 shot attempts. Abbey Voss potted three goals while Mills added a pair of tallies in her collegiate debut. Ash added a pair of assists in addition to her first half goal for Franklin.
Sophomore Courtney Jones made 19 saves in goal for Franklin while grabbing a team-leading seven ground balls. Hughes finished the afternoon with six ground balls and caused a team-high three turnovers.
Franklin will have some time off before their next contest, which takes place on Monday, Mar. 18 at home against Olivet College. The opening draw from Faught Stadium is set for 6:00 p.m.