April 13, 2009

No. 15 Union Women Top Cortland in OT

from press release

CORTLAND, NY - Sophomore Kristin Joyce scored with 22 seconds remaining in the first of two mandatory three-minute overtime sessions and the goal help up as the nationally 15th-ranked Union women's lacrosse team defeated 17th-ranked Cortland, 14-13, in a thrilling non-conference game Monday afternoon. The Red Dragons had a five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 7-5 overall, while the Dutchwomen improved to 8-2 on the season.

Joyce finished with a game-high five goals and added an assist for Union, and sophomore Chelsea Charette compiled a game-best seven points on four goals and three assists. Jill LaForest scored twice, Casey Dianni added a goal and an assist and Keelin Skurek and Abby Stohler each scored a goal. Freshman goalie Alexis Deeb, pushed into action when sophomore Cat Ruggiero was unable to play, made 10 saves in her first collegiate start.

Senior Danielle Torre (Massapequa) led the Cortland offense with four goals and an assist. Freshman Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) also scored four goals. Junior Jess Fritz (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) contributed two goals and an assist, freshman Erin Kollar (East Islip) netted two goals and sophomore Alyssa Hoover (Baldwin) chipped in with a goal and an assist. Freshman goalie Amanda Caloia (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) started and played the first 11 minutes, 22 seconds before freshman Brianna Straut (Nanuet) entered the game and made one save over the final 18:38 of the second half. Caloia re-entered the contest in the second half and played the final 36 minutes, stopping four shots.

The Dutchwomen jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a goal from Skurek at 27:37 and back-to-back goals from Charette at 22:16 and 20:45. Cortland got on the scoreboard just 10 seconds after Charette's second goal when Torre won the draw control, headed straight for the cage and beat Deeb up high. Torre then assisted Fritz at 19:08 to make it 3-2. The teams traded the next four goals and Union led, 5-4, with 10:13 left in the half. The Dutchwomen then went on a four-goal run, with two of the scores coming off Charette's stick, and led 9-4 late in the half. Torre capped the scoring in the opening 30 minutes with a free-position goal at the 1:28 mark and the Red Dragons trailed, 9-5.

Two quick goals from Abbott to start the second half pulled Cortland to within 9-7, but Union answered by scoring three of the next four goals for a 12-8 advantage with 15:52 on the clock. Cortland quickly began to chip away as Torre netted her fourth of the game and team-high 46th of the season at 13:01, followed by Hoover's goal and 12:19 and Fritz's free-position score at 10:44 to make it 12-11. The Dutchwomen stopped the mini-run when Charette set up Joyce's fourth goal of the game at 7:08. Cortland was able to tie the game on back-to-back goals from Kollar, the first at 5:29 and the second at 2:10 off senior Meghan Gallager's (Long Beach) assist.

Each team had a free-position chance in the closing moments but did not convert. First, Charette was denied by Caloia, then Fritz had an opportunity to win the game with 10 seconds remaining but could not beat Deeb.

In the first three-minute session of overtime, Deeb made a save on Gallagher's free position attempt. Then, with 22 seconds remaining, Joyce converted from the free position for what turned out to be the game-winning score. In the second three-minute stanza of overtime, neither team was able to get off a shot as Union attempted to control possession and run out the clock. Cortland eventually forced a turnover and had possession in its defensive end with 11 seconds remaining but turned the ball over with an errant clearing pass.

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