April 22, 2012

William and Mary Beats Hofstra in OT

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.  - Playing in its second-consecutive overtime game, the William and Mary lacrosse team closed out its season with an 8-7 victory at Hofstra on Sunday afternoon.

Juniors Kyrstin Mackrides and Caitlin Murphy both scored during the opening minute of the initial three-minute overtime session, and the Tribe (4-13, 2-5) held Hofstra (5-11, 4-3) to just one goal during the remainder of overtime to secure the win.

Freshman goalie Lucy Ferguson came up big in the extra session, as she recorded two of her career-high 23 saves in overtime. With the impressive effort, Ferguson finishes the season with 172 saves, which ties for the fourth-best single-season total in school history.

Murphy led the Tribe with three points (2g, 1a), three ground balls and a draw control, while senior Jenny Michaeland Mackrides each posted two points on a goal and assist. Senior Maggie Anderson, senior Stephanie Steinweg, junior Brett Hayes and sophomore Taelor Salmon also found the back of the cage.

Defensively, senior Lauren Binzer totaled a career-best five ground balls with a caused turnover, while seniorSarah Mulvey posted a pair of caused turnovers and senior Denise Lenihan registered three ground balls.

W&M got on the scoreboard first when Murphy scored off an assist from Michael just 1:03 into the contest.

Although Hofstra knotted the count at 1-1 with a goal by Claire Brady a little more than two minutes later, the Tribe reclaimed the lead with a score by Salmon at the 25:22 mark.

The teams combined to total just one more goal during the remainder of the half, as Steinweg's score with 9:36 showing gave the College a 3-1 lead at the intermission.

Although Hofstra outshot W&M, 18-6, in the opening 30 minutes, Ferguson totaled 13 saves in the initial stanza to help limit the Pride to just one goal.

The Tribe struck first in the second half, as Hayes scored on a free position opportunity just 1:23 into the frame.

Although HU quickly answered with a goal by Emily von Hollen, W&M extended the margin to 6-2 midway through the half with scores by Anderson and Michael. Anderson found the back of the cage off an assist from freshmanEllen Shaffrey at the 21:58 mark, while Michael's goal was assisted by Mackrides with 15:38 remaining.

Hofstra closed regulation with a 4-0 run, as Maryann Miller tied the game at 6-6 with 1:24 remaining when she tallied her third and final goal of the stretch. HU's Alex Mezzanotte put a shot on goal in the waning seconds, but Ferguson made the stop to force overtime.

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