The Rams fell to 0-6 on the season Tuesday afternoon to the Franklin Pierce Ravens by a score of 16-9.
Franklin Pierce Midfielder, Caitlin Sweeney, had an active game for the Ravens as she notched seven goals in total. She had three goals in the first half to help extend Franklin Pierces’ lead to 8-4 at halftime.
Franklin Pierce dominated Shepherd on the offensive side of the ball all game. Throughout the whole game, Shepherd attempted 16 shots, whereas Franklin Pierce attempted a whopping 45 shots. Out of the Rams 16 shots, 15 were shots on goal, and as for Franklin Pierce, 34 of their 45 shots were on goal.
Rams Goalie Casey Hickman gave incredible effort throughout the contest as she recorded a career-high of 18 saves. However, the Ravens offensive onslaught was too much for the Rams defense.
Shepherd drew first blood in the contest with a goal by Haley Price just 34 seconds into the game. At the 10-minute mark of the first half, the score was tied at two goals apiece but Franklin Pierce responded with four unanswered goals to extend the first half lead to 6-2 at the 23:14 mark.
The first half scoring didn’t end there as Rams Attacker Brooke Hunley scored two goals to bring Shepherds first half total to four goals. For Franklin Pierce, Midfielders Caitlin and Briana Sweeney each added goals to bring the Ravens first half total to eight goals.
The Ravens came out firing on all cylinders as the momentum from the first half carried over into the second half. The closest the game ever got for the Rams was when they trimmed the Ravens lead to 9-7 at the 6-minute mark with a goal from Hayley Price in the second half.
After the early second half goal from the Rams, Franklin Pierce remained in the lead until the final score. Franklin Pierce Midfielder, Brianna Sweeney, scored three goals and assisted on another in the second half to help put the game out of reach for the Rams. In total, she finished with five goals and two assists.
The Ravens also won the turnover battle as Shepherd lost possession 24 times compared to Franklin Pierces’ 15 turnovers. The draw control battle was won by the Ravens by a 14-11 score. The Ravens also dominated in ground balls, winning by a score of 21-9.
The losing streak to open the season for the Rams continues as the team hopes to improve on the 0-6 record and secure the first win of the season.
The next game for Rams lacrosse is scheduled for Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m. against Felician University in Lodi, NJ.