April 30, 2009

Last-Second Goal Lifts Harvard over BC

from press release

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Katie Doherty scored with one second left in the game to give the Harvard women's lacrosse team a 9-8 win over Boston College Thursday afternoon in the season finale for both teams.

It was the second-straight win for the Crimson who finish the season 6-10 overall. Boston College drops to 9-9. Junior tri-captain Sara Flood led the Crimson with four points on two goals and two assists, while sophomore Jess Halpern and senior Kaitlin Martin also scored two goals each. Freshman Tyler Petropulos and senior Shannon Flynn also found the back of the net.

Boston College started the scoring off nine minutes into the first half. The Crimson had an answer for each of the Eagles first three goals. Flood evened the score at 1-1 and then Halpern tied it at 2-2. Halpern scored her second goal of the game with 12:06 left in the first half to tie the score at 3-3 and spark four-straight Crimson tallies that allowed Harvard to take a 7-3 lead at halftime. Martin had two goals and an assist during the 12 minutes stretch.

The Eagles scored the first goal of the second session 22 seconds after the first draw. Less than a minute later Lauren Fitzpatrick scored her second of the day to close the gap at 7-5. Halpern won the next draw control for the Crimson and Flood answered a little over two minutes later to extend the visitor's lead to three. Boston College took advantage of a Harvard turnover and put one in the net with 2:30 remaining in the game. The home team won the next draw control and immediately took a shot that went between the pipes to make it a one-point game.

Harvard called a timeout with 1:33 on the clock. Martin won the draw control but BC managed to win the ball back and fired a shot to even the score at 8-8 with 30 ticks on the clock. Harvard needed to win the draw control and did just that as Flynn won the ball and handed off to Doherty, who rifled a shot past the BC goalie with just one second left to play.

Junior Katherine Martino made seven saves in her second start in a row. She improves to 2-2 overall.

Halpern finishes the season with a team-leading 46 goals. Martin, who had 38 goals this season, finishes her collegiate career with 139 goals, which is fourth in Harvard history.

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