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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, May 12, 2018 8:30 pm

Savannah College 18, Indiana Tech 11

Tech women fall in NAIA lacrosse finals


The No. 3 Indiana Tech women's lacrosse team fell in the NAIA National Invitational title game Saturday against the top-seeded Savannah College of Art and Design (Georgia) 18-11 at the Aquinas College Athletic Field in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Warriors (18-4) were making their first appearance in the NAIA title game, while SCAD won its second consecutive National Invitational championship. The Bees (15-0) stretched their winning streak to 25.

The final Tech goal came with 59 seconds left, by senior Sam Vikstrom. With that score, the 204th of her career, Vikstrom became the all-time leading scorer in Warriors' history, passing Kendall Guthrie, who played at Tech from 2011-14.

Tech scored first when Bailey Childs passed to McKenna Mesclier for a goal, but that was the only lead for the Warriors. The Bees scored the next three to take a 3-1 advantage and had extended their lead to 10-5 by halftime.

Jennifer Banks opened the second half with a goal for Tech, but the Bees again responded and put the game away with a 6-0 run that left them ahead 16-6 with 21:54 left. 

Vikstrom led all scorers with five goals and Banks had three, but the Bees utilized a balanced attack to overcome those two; Sydney Knego scored four times and Shannon Flaherty, Drew Dowgiallo and Taylor Vaccaro had three apiece.

Childs, Tech junior Syndey Davis and sophomore Mackenzie Barnes were named to the All-Tournament team, as was Vikstrom, who made it for the second straight year.