LEAVENWORTH – Despite a six-goal second half by the Raven Women's Lacrosse team, a slow start proved to be too much to overcome as Ottawa University (10-2) handed Benedictine (11-3) a 10-9 loss in the KCAC Tournament Championship game.
The Braves jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before the Ravens scored their first goal of the game. Benedictine outscored Ottawa 6-4 in the second half but just couldn't overcome that early deficit.
Benedictine played from behind throughout the game. Caitlyn Chickey scored off an assist from Mary McEnerney with 9:43 left to play to pull game even at 9-9 but the Ravens just couldn't take over the lead.
Benedictine had two chances to pull back even with Ottawa inside the final two minutes but McEnerney's effort went wide and a shot by Kacey Moore with 56 seconds was saved by Ottawa goalie Tabatha Saake.
McEnerney finished with a game-high six goals for the Ravens with Lizzie Darrow and Moore adding a goal to go along with Chickey's goal.
Benedictine outshot Ottawa 30-20 with a 16-14 advantage in shots on goal.
Saake finished with seven saves to pick up the win. Taryn St. Louis suffered the loss playing the second half for the Ravens in goal. She finished with three saves while giving up four goals.