The Fort Lewis College women's lacrosse team lost 20-10 to Pacific in Grand Junction on Monday afternoon. The Skyhawks trailed just 8-2 at the half, but Pacific pulled away late in a game that got testy at times.
"The girls played really well," said FLC head coach Kelley Quessier.
"It was an overly frustrating game. I was really impressed with how they overcame challenges beyond their control," Quessier said, noting the Skyhawks didn't see eye-to-eye with the referees on a number of occasions.
FLC (0-6) got three goals from junior Ashley Perkins and two goals from junior Kelly Nie.
"Ashley has been good all year, but she just finally played the game she knows how to play," Quessier said.
Quessier also said freshman Emily Spreer was particularly effective at controlling faceoffs for FLC.
"It's going to be amazing when we finally put two halves together and have our attack and defense on the same page," Quessier said. "It will be wonderful."
The Skyhawks have two games remaining in their inaugural season.
The first, at 2 p.m. April 3, is the first-ever home game for FLC women's lacrosse.
They will host Regis, which beat FLC 18-2 in its inaugural game.
"The girls know we can beat them, or at least give them a close game," Quessier said. "I know the girls are gonna come out fighting."
"I'm so proud of how far they've come," Quessier said. "They're meeting every goal that I've set for them and that they've set for themselves, and I think that's the mark of a good program."
FLC also will host Colorado College on April 5.