Dragons fall in title game 13-4

Kayla Ropos scored a goal in the Dragons' defeat.
Kayla Ropos scored a goal in the Dragons' defeat.

Things didn't go the Dragons' way from the outset, as TU fell behind 7-0 early and eventually fell to McKendree 13-4 to decide the GLIAC regular season championship.

The loss gave McKendree a share of the title with Grand Valley State with a 6-1 conference record, while TU finishes a game back with a 11-5, 5-2 GLIAC mark. The loss also puts TU as the fourth seed in the upcoming GLIAC Tournament. The Dragons will battle Lake Erie at home Tuesday, May 2 at Frost Kalnow Stadium at a time TBA.

The Dragons fell behind 7-0 to start the game and didn't score a goal until the 4:34 mark of the half when Kayla Ropos scored. TU trailed at the half 7-1.

The Dragons tried to rally early in the second half, scoring two of the first three goals to pull to within 8-3. But they could get no closer, as McKendree exploded for 5 straight goals to put the game away with a 13-3 lead.

Overall McKendree outshot TU 33-24 while winning the ground ball battle 22-16. TU had 15 turnovers to McKendree's 13, while they also fell in the draws 11-8.

Ropos, Elle MacMillan, Elle Hamilton, and Amanda Flotteron all scored goals, while Flotteron also had 4 ground balls.

Kat Schneeberger took the loss, making 9 saves over her 55 minutes in the nets.