NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite a game-high seven goals from Bri Gross, the Vanderbilt lacrosse team dropped a 20-13 nonconference decision to No. 13 Michigan Wednesday afternoon on West End. Gross was tremendous throughout the contest while dazzling the home crowd and dicing the Wolverine defense.
Vanderbilt (4-3) resumes its six-game homestand when it plays host to Penn State 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Commodores also received multi-goal efforts from Cassidy Orban (2) and Elizabeth Scarrone (2), with Gabby Fornia and Mikela McCauley chipping in one apiece.
Bri Gross, have yourself a day, ma’am. Seven goals for the sophomore on the afternoon.
— Vanderbilt Lacrosse (@VandyLacrosse) March 4, 2020
Following Gross’ first goal less than a minute into the game, Michigan (5-1) rattled off five unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead it would not relinquish.
Gross earned her hat trick with back-to-back scores to pull the Dores within 5-3 with just under eight minutes left in the first half.
With Michigan sitting on an 8-4 lead, the teams traded goals to start the second half.
Gabby Fornia’s 10th goal on the season cut the Michigan lead to 9-6, but the Wolverines added two more to make it an 11-6 contest. Gross and McCauley muscled in goals to trim the deficit to 11-8 while Michigan reached ahead again to make it 15-8.
Later, a 4-1 Vandy spurt made it a 17-13 game until Michigan closed the books with a 3-0 run.
Michigan won its fourth straight as the Wolverines received multi-goal outings from Chandler Kirby (5), Caitlin Muir (4), Molly Garrett (4) and Kaitlyn Mead (4).
Vanderbilt connected on four of its nine first-half shots, and Michigan held a 20-15 draw control advantage.
Page Gunning (8) and Lily Argyle (2) combined for Vandy’s 10 saves.