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By Christina Mitchell | firstname.lastname@example.org
RU (1-13, 0-7 Big South) fell to in-state foe Liberty, 20-4, Wednesday afternoon at home. Callie Bonnel was able to make a team-high two points (one goal, one assist) to guide the Highlanders. Gracie Peterson and Emma Rodgers also found the scoring column.
Peterson is Radford’s points leader with 32 on the season (24 goals, eight assists). Rogers and Ruland are right behind with 29 and 28, respectively.
Adrian Rous continues to lead the conference in draw controls per game (4.36). Meanwhile, Hannah Rosen is second in saves per game (11.21) and third in ground balls per game (3.50).
On Saturday Radford closed their inaugural season Saturday when Coastal Carolina visited Cupp Stadium for a 12 p.m. draw. The Highlanders honored their lone senior, Emily Hoke beforehand.
Tied at 5 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Coastal Carolina scored eight unanswered goals to create enough separation to notch a 20-8 victory over Radford to close the Highlanders inaugural women’s lacrosse season.
Emily Hoke, Radford’s only senior, was honored prior to opening draw for the leadership she provided as the young Highlanders navigated through their first season of competition. While this was Hoke’s only college lacrosse season, she was also an integral part of the field hockey team her first two years of college before they got cut to make room for women’s lacrosse.
RU came out determined and the score reflected that mentality for nearly the entire opening stanza. Juliette Ruland netted three of her season-high-tying four goals during the first 20 minutes of the Highlanders’ regular-season finale. Her third tally tied the score at 5.
Even though the Women’s Lacrosse did not win the Big South this season or the season finale game this is not what they will be remembered for their season. They will be remembered for strong fight in their first season. The 17 returners are determined to fight harder and prevail next season. The future looks bright.