The 17th ranked University of Mary Washington women's lacrosse team dropped a 7-6 decision at 12th ranked Messiah College on Saturday to fall to 3-2 on the season.
The Falcons jumped on top first, scoring just over five minutes into play, but the Eagles tied the score at one on a Sabrina Elliott free position goal with 22:10 left in the half. Messiah would score the next two tallies, but UMW cut the deficit to 3-2 on a Paige Haskins score on a Kate Smucker assist with 3:13 remaining. Messiah added a goal a minute later, and held a 4-2 edge at halftime.
In the second half, Haskins started the scoring 24 seconds in on a free position score. After a Falcon goal returned the margin to two, UMW responded with three straight.
Holly Hudson scored unassisted with 25:24 left, and Mackenzie Maguire followed two minutes later to knot the score. Julia Albert put the Eagles on top with 10:57 to play, but Messiah scored within the minute to once again tie the score, at 6-6.
The Falcons found the game winner with 4:28 left on a free position shot.
The Eagles will return to action on Wednesday when they visit Guilford College at 3:30 p.m.