April 8, 2009

St. Mary's Nips St. Francis 20-19 in OT

from press release

LORETTO, Pa. -- Breaking the school record for goals in a season, along with Meghan Crosby’s (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) five goal outburst, was enough for the Saint Francis women’s lacrosse team to take the game to overtime, but not enough to get the victory as the Red Flash fell to the Saint Mary’s Gaels 20-19 at DeGol Field in Loretto on Wednesday evening.

The Flash, who fall to 1-8 this season, are in the midst of a three game home stand with a Northeast Conference match up against Quinnipiac tomorrow at 4 p.m. and tilt with Central Connecticut State on Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Gaels got started quickly, scoring just two minutes into action. Kate Simmons (Delran, N.J./Delran), is one goal from breaking the single-season record, struck back with a tally a quick 45 seconds later. The tie would last another minute before Dana Elfvin scored again for Saint Mary’s.

The Gaels struck again on a free-position shot to take a 3-1 lead a little under seven minutes in before Chelsea Kent (Winter Springs, Fla./Winter Springs), also a goal shy of the single-season scoring record, notched her own free-position tally less than two minutes later.

Abbie Coleman scored another fast one for SMC, but Crosby netted the first of her five tallies off of a feed from Brittany Kovacs (Oshawa, Ontario/R.S. McLaughlin CVI) to keep the game close at 4-3.

Red Flash goalkeeper Danielle Pokusa (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson), who had another phenomenal game overall, made a fantastic stop on SMC’s Brittany McMorris, but she couldn’t stop P.J. Hainley’s shot as the Gaels took a 5-3 lead.

Saint Mary’s scored again before Kovacs tallied a goal of her own off of a free-position shot and Simmons put another one past Whitney Campitiello off a pass from Meg Lamarche (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) to cut SMC’s lead to just a goal.

Elfvin scored again for the Gaels, but Crosby notched another to keep the deficit at one before Lamarche slipped a pass over to Kent, who put it past Campitiello to tie the game at six apiece. Crosby netted another soon after to give the Red Flash the go ahead goal with three minutes left in the first half. The two teams traded goals, as Crosby scored again before the half was up to allow the Red Flash to carry a 9-8 lead into the halftime break.

Though the Gaels scored first in the second half to tie the game up, Kent scored twice and Katie Jenkins (Rochester, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy), Lamarche, Simmons and Kovacs all put one in as Saint Francis surged to a 15-9 lead before the Gaels tallied another.

SMC then scored seven goals in seven minutes to regain the lead with five and a half minutes to play. Simmons tallied another, as did Crosby and Lamarche to take a slim 18-17 lead. But Amy Daniels would force overtime by scoring again with 45 seconds left in regulation.

Simmons fed a pass to Kovacs, who found the back of the net halfway through the first overtime period. Hainley scored 40 seconds later to tie the game again. The Gaels would score again when Juliet Munroe slipped one past Pokusa to secure a 20-19 victory for the Saint Mary’s.

Pokusa had 13 saves to keep the Red Flash in the game, while Crosby led the scoring with five goals as the team shattered the school record for goals in a season with 85. The previous record, held by the 2006 Red Flash squad, was 68.

Kent added in four goals and two assists, as did Simmons. Saint Francis grabbed 40 ground balls to Saint Mary’s 29, and were 6-for-8 on clears.

Hainley led the Gaels in scoring with five goals, followed by Coleman and Elfvin with four each.

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