GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The No. 3-ranked Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University women's lacrosse team fell to No. 1-ranked Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) 16-10 in the 2017 NAIA Invitational Championship Game in Greenville, S.C. on Saturday afternoon.
Lawrence Tech (18-2) fell behind 5-1 11:29 into the game as Kadijah Kalo (SR/East Lansing, MI) scored the Blue Devil goal to tie the game at 1-1 before SCAD scored the next four goals. LTU scored the next three goals to make it a one goal game with 13:35 left in the first half. Anna Gagnon (FR/Grand Haven, Mich.) scored two goals with Paige Holcomb (SR/Portage, MI) adding a one to cut the lead to 5-4.
SCAD (14-2) responded with four of the next five goals to push their lead to 9-5 as the teams headed to halftime. Kalo had the last goal of the half for Lawrence Tech.
The Bee's opened the second half scoring four of the first five goals to take a 12-5 lead with 25:39 left in the game. Gabi Larkin (FR/South Lyon, Mich.) added her first of two on the day at the 24:15 mark to cut the lead to 12-6. Gagnon scored her third of the game at 17:08 to make it 13-7.
Savannah notched the next three goals to extend the lead to nine, 16-7 with 8:37 left in the game. Lawrence Tech added three late goals to cut the lead to 16-10, but it was too late as SCAD earned their first NAIA Invitational Championship with the win. Larkin, Vickers, and Gagnon had the goals for Lawrence Tech.
Lawrence Tech was led by Gagnon who finished with four goals followed by Kalo with two goals and two assists. Larkin added two goals while Marie Klonowski (JR/Gurnee, IL) made nine saves on 25 shots on goal.
Kalo, Collins, Gagnon, Vickers, and Marci Schaeffer (JR/Eaton Rapids, Mich.) were named to the All-Tournament Team.
The loss sends the Blue Devils home as NAIA Invitational Runner-Up, improving on their performance from last season in the same tournament. It also ends the careers of the first recruiting class - Kadijah Kalo, Alyssa Melotik (SR/Troy, MI), Mistie Vaughan (SR/Lansing, MI), Paige Holcomb, and Emily Diedrich (SR/Oxford, MI). They helped build this program to where it is today as they earned a 2016 WHAC Tournament Championship, 2016 NWLL National Runner-Up, 2016 NAIA Invitational Semifinalist, 2017 WHAC Regular Season Co-Champions, and 2017 NAIA Invitational Runner-Ups. The final game also ends the careers of a senior and a graduate student that joined the team this year-Christina Henry (SR/J.W. Sexton HS) and Katelyn Watson (SR/Canton, Mich.).