April 14, 2009

Lafayette Gets First Win in Four OTs

from press release

EASTON, Pa. - It may have taken longer than they wanted, but the Lafayette women's lacrosse team made it worth the wait as they came away with a 12-11, four-overtime victory against La Salle on a cold and rainy Tuesday night in Easton. Margaux LeBuffe scored the game winner to give the Leopards their first victory of the spring.

Rookie Erin Steel scored with 39 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Each squad netted a goal in the first two three-minute extra periods and after a scoreless three-minute third overtime, LeBuffe came netted the game-winning score with 14 seconds on the clock in the fourth overtime period.

Senior Emily Archibald led the team with five goals, including two in overtime, and joining her with multiple goals was Kristin Ruminski, who had two. Lafayette goalie Emily Bjork finished with six saves, including three in the second half to help keep her team in the game.

Lafayette (1-13) took 29 shots to the Explorers' 23 and had more draw controls (16) and ground balls (30). The Leopards were also successful on three of their nine free position shots while La Salle (4-9) capitalized on just two of its five free position opportunities.

The game destined for overtime from the beginning as the lead switched hands the entire night and no team ever held a lead larger than two goals.

Ruminski got the scoring started early, netting a goal after just over a minute of play. La Salle would go on to score four of the game's next five goals before the Leopards closed out the half by scoring four goals to the Explorers' one over the final 14 minutes. Four different players scored the goals to make it a 6-5 Lafayette lead at the midway point.

The scoring continued for both teams in the second half and neither squad held more than a one-goal lead at any point. The Explorers scored back-to-back goals with less than three minutes to play to take a 10-9 lead, but Steel's score evened the game at 10 and sent it into overtime.

La Salle scored with 42 seconds left in the first overtime period but Archibald countered with a goal in the second overtime period, forcing sudden-victory overtime periods. Neither team scored in the first sudden victory period before LeBuffe came through with her fifth goal of the season to clinch the Leopards' first win of the year.

Lafayette concludes its 2009 home season on Sunday with a 12 p.m. game against Longwood. The team's two seniors--Archibald and Ruminski--will be honored prior to the start of the game.

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