The Purple Eagles women's lacrosse team, which wrapped up non-conference play on Tuesday at Michigan, returns to Niagara Field for the first of six MAAC games to close the 2017 regular season. Niagara hosts the Manhattan Jaspers for their second of four home games this month, a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday, April 8.
On Tuesday, the Purple Eagles traveled to Michigan Stadium for a third consecutive season, wrapping up their non-conference schedule against the Michigan Wolverines. After an early 4-0 deficit, Niagara scored three unanswered goals to draw within one late in the first period. Michigan scored twice in the final 41 seconds to go until halftime and outscored Niagara 13-7 in the second period as the Purple Eagles fell 20-10. Rachel MacCheyne tied a season-high with five points to lead the Niagara offense, scoring four goals and adding one assist. Fellow sophomores Caroline Crump and Alexis Morales added a pair of goals. Alexandra Higgins tallied season-highs in ground balls (five) and caused turnovers (four) at Michigan, adding three draw controls. Lauren Paul also tied her season- and career-high with four ground balls, while Kara Martin added two ground balls and two caused turnovers.