CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s lacrosse team trailed by only one goal with 4:10 left in its Tuesday home match against Saint Mary’s (Calif.), but the Gaels pulled away late as PC lost in a heartbreaker, 21-18.

PC moves to 4-10 overall and next hosts Campbell on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the team’s Senior Day match. Saint Mary’s improves to 1-8.

Brianne Ward (Cincinnati, Ohio) controlled nine draws to tie a program record. Catherine Ellis (Charlotte, N.C.) set the marker against Howard on February 26 before Erin Murphy (Huntersville, N.C.) tied the record earlier this season against George Mason.

Megan Schaaf (Ellicott City, Md.) tallied seven assists on the day, one shy of the Blue Hose single-game record.  The senior also added two goals for nine points, another tally that ranks second in program single-game history. Maura Talvacchia (Moorestown, N.J.) caused six turnovers, one shy of the PC record in that category as well. Maddie Seiloff (Marietta, Ga.) and Maggie Richardson (Maplewood, N.J.) notched four goals apiece to lead PC.

Amanda Lindsey (Peachtree City, Ga.) scored the opening goal from the free position 1:32 after the opening draw. Seiloff then added two—both from Schaaf—for a 3-0 PC lead.

Six goals from Saint Mary’s pull the visitors ahead before Murphy halted the run on a Bonnie Corrigan (Yorktown, Va.) feed. Corrigan paced the Blue Hose with five ground balls on Tuesday while adding four caused turnovers.

Three more SMC goals gave the Gaels a 9-4 lead with 9:07 to go before halftime. PC closed the first half on a 4-2 run thanks to goals from Ward, Seiloff and Jess Goergen (Fayetteville, Ga.).

PC opened the second half in similar fashion, tallying two quick goals from Corrigan and Lindsey to pull within one. An Allie DeBruhl goal pushed the Gaels back up by two but Richardson answered with a pair of scores to tie up the match at 12-12 with 20:38 to go.

The Gaels scored five straight to break the tie, including two from Anne Neuweiler. Schaaf scored her first of the day on a free position goal to halt SMC’s offense and kickstart a 5-1 PC run. After a Molly Kuptz goal, Ward notched her 27th of the season—giving her the team lead—and Richardson followed with two more. Schaaf capped the rally with her 11th of the season to make it a one-goal game.

SMC turned to Rachel Minarovich for three-straight goals in the final two minutes to put the match out of reach. Seiloff slipped one in during the closing seconds on a Ward assist but the Gaels took the 21-18 win.

Bridget Hogan (Charlotte, N.C.) stopped four shots in goal. The Blue Hose tied Saint Mary’s in ground balls, with 24, and tallied 19 draw controls.