April 5, 2014

Ellis Shines, Toppe Nets OT Winner for Cornell

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. – Freshman attack Catherine Ellis led the Cornell women's lacrosse team to an 11-10 double overtime victory over Dartmouth today at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red improves to 5-5 overall on the season and 2-2 in Ivy League play.

Ellis opened up scoring for the Big Red at 22:38 but the Big Green went on a 5-0 run to take a 5-1 lead with two minutes left before halftime. Ellis scored twice during that two-minute window and Chelsea Rowe chipped in a goal with 11 seconds left before the intermission to cut Dartmouth's lead to 5-4 at halftime.

Big Red freshman goaltender Renee Poullott was challenged often in the first half, coming up big with six saves.

Lindsay Toppe found the equalizer just 2:06 into the second half, but Jaclyn Leto gave Dartmouth a 7-6 advantage 1:07 later. Ellis had the next two goals and change the score to 7-6 in Cornell's favor.

Leto and Sarah Byrne each had a goal to put the Big Green ahead, but with 3:03 left to play in regulation Ellis found the back of the net with help from fellow freshman Amie Dickson to force overtime.

In the first three-minute overtime period, Cornell's Rachel Moody scored to give the Big Red a 9-8 advantage. Moody scored again in the second three-minute overtime period to put the Big Red up, 10-8, but Leto had a pair of goals 17 seconds apart to force sudden-death overtime.

Lindsay Toppe scored the game-winner just 1:17 in the third three-minute overtime period to give Cornell the final 11-10 advantage.

Cornell was led on offense by Catherine Ellis's  career-high six goals. Rachel Moody added two goals and two assists while Lindsay Toppe chipped in one goal and one assist and Chelsea Rowe added one goal. Poullott finished the day with eight saves.

Jaclyn Leto led the Big Green offensively, scoring five goals while teammate Sarah Byrne chipped in three. Goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello had eight saves in the crease.

The Big Red outshot Dartmouth 27-24, but the Big Green held a 17-7 advantage on ground balls.

Cornell hits the road to take on No. 10 Penn State next Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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