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Women's Lacrosse - Mon, May 1, 2017

ST. LOUIS [SEASON BOX] — In just its second season as an NAIA Division I sport, Missouri Baptist Women's Lacrosse finished 2017 with a 6-4 record and continued to make strides toward becoming a national contender. 

With a roster led by eight seniors, the Spartans got off to a hot start. The team went a perfect 5-0 in March, with four of those victories decided by just a single goal.

The five game winning streak was highlighted by an overtime victory over St. Mary (Kan.) on March 28. The Spartans and Spires went back and forth before freshman Stacy Rohan netted the game-winner with 47 seconds left in overtime. MBU then went to Fremont, Neb. three days later and pulled off another comeback in a 13-12 victory over Midland University.

The navy and white seemed to be hitting on all cylinders as the calendar turned to April but some stiff competition was about to roll through Spartan Field. Defeats to No. 4 Ave Maria (Fla.) and No. 3 Georgetown (Ky.) ultimately left MBU on the outside looking in at the National Invitational.

Although the Spartans will graduate the eight previously mentioned seniors, this year's squad also laid the groundwork for a promising future. McKenna Fisher was once again the top offensive threat for MBU. The junior captain posted 29 goals on 69 shots to lead the team in both categories. Fisher recorded at least two goals in all but one game in 2017. The native of Cypress, Tex. was named to the Second Team All-Conference.

Fisher will make up half of the senior class in 2018, joined only by fellow midfielder Madison O'Brien. O'Brien really came on late in the year. The junior recorded five goals in the final two games, highlighted by her first career hat trick in the season finale win over Lindenwood-Belleville.

MBU also received solid contributions from eight freshman. Among the new faces, attacker Stacy Rohan finished second to Fisher in goals (15) and points (19). Rohan proved a knack for scoring clutch goals as well. She netted the game winner in three consecutive contests, the last of which was the overtime marker against St. Mary.

Another freshman, Laura Ebers, also made a noteworthy contribution in her first season. The product of St. Dominic High School reached double digits in goals (10) and finished third on the team in shots on goal (25).

On defense, Destiny Wade was counted on to anchor the back line and she did not disappoint. The freshman from Hazelwood West High School started all but one game and joined McKenna Fisher on the Second Team All-Conference.

In goal, newcomer Kaitlin Mills improved as the season went on. The freshman played in all 10 games and started the last two after senior Victoria Metzger went down with an injury.

With just two juniors and four sophomores on the 2017 roster, Missouri Baptist will once again have plenty of youth on next year's squad. Head Coach Amanda Sullivan was pleased with her young team in 2017 but expects to reach another level next season.

"Our freshman this year were able to step up and as sophomores next year, we will be looking to them as some of our strongest leaders," Sullivan commented. "We're also bringing in another big class of freshman with a lot of talent. We have several midfielders that will make us a quicker team and we also have a goalie signed that will keep the competition in the cage strong."

Despite her team's relative youth, the Head Coach reflected positively on 2017 and expressed confidence in what's ahead for next spring.  

"I'm proud of the season we had this year. We played so many close games and never stopped fighting," Sullivan said. "Next year, we're looking to improve our overall speed and strength. We are so close to having that breakthrough to be battling for a national title."