Stealth can't complete comeback in Rochester, falling 7-6
The Washington Stealth lost their place atop the West Conference in the National Lacrosse League.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The opportunities were there for the Stealth in the fourth quarter. Washington had plenty of chances to not only complete a comeback from a three-goal second-half deficit, but to firmly entrench themselves atop the National Lacrosse League's West Conference.
But the they were repeatedly turned away, falling to the Rochester Knighthawks, 7-6, on Saturday.
Rochester (1-3) goalkeeper Matt Vinc made 42 saves and helped thwart Washington's 10 scoring chances in the final 10 minutes, including a cross-crease sliding save with 4:15 remaining.
"We had good opportunities late in the game, but we couldn't get it by them," said Washington coach Chris Hall.
For the Stealth, the loss was the second in three consecutive road games and evened its record at 3-3, dropping the club in the West race to a half-game behind Calgary (3-2).
The Stealth trailed 5-2 at 12:36 of the third quarter, but scored four of the next five goals to knot the game at 6-6 just 2:10 into the fourth.
With 9:48 remaining, however, Knighthawks forward Johnny Powless took a feed from Joe Walters and beat Washington goalkeeper Tyler Richards for what proved to be the winning goal.
Eastern Washington surrendered a 19-0 first-half run to Montana en route to a 65-46 loss for the Eagles at home.
• No. 20 Northwest fell to 19-8 overall with a 75-72 loss at No. 14 Warner Pacific.
Katie Benson had nine of her 14 points in the second half to lead host Seattle Pacific back from a four-point halftime deficit and beat Western Oregon, 64-55.
The Falcons improved to 6-5 in conference play.
• Eastern Washington's five-game winning streak came to an end with a 76-51 loss at Montana, the Big Sky Conference's top-ranked team. The Eagles, at 8-4, fell into a tie for third place with Montana State.
• Western Washington senior Trishi Williams had the third triple-double in school history as the No. 5 Vikings topped visiting Alaska-Anchorage, 83-72.
Williams had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
• Northwest fell to 1-14 in conference play with a 61-56 loss at Warner Pacific.
Seattle U was shut out by UC Davis in a 7-0 loss in Portland.
Seattle U edged host Weber State, winning the final two matches to earn a 4-3 win in Boise, Idaho.
Murray Longbotham from Mercer Island gave Seattle U one of its two event victories as the Redhawks lost at Simon Fraser, 114-88.
Track and field
Washington State claimed three event wins at the Vandal Indoor meet in Moscow, Idaho.
Mercedes Smith won the women's 200-meter dash in 25.12 seconds, Dana Wells won the men's 200 in 22.00 and Terrance Chambers won the men's 400 in 49.15.
Gonzaga claimed three titles — the women's 3,000-meter run, the men's 3,000 meters and the men's mile.
Eastern Washington athletes won four events, and Central Washington won two.
Western Washington's Alexie Levin delivered a three-hit shutout as the Vikings beat Saint Martin's, 1-0, at the Hilo Kona Kickoff Classic in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
From team reports.