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.
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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.