March 16, 2013

Flounlacker Scores Sixth in Overtime; E-Town Stuns No. 13 Catholic

from press release

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Facing their first ranked opponent of the season, the Elizabethtown College women's lacrosse team pulled off the upset of 13th-ranked Catholic with a 14-13 victory in double overtime Saturday afternoon at Wolf Field. Leigh Anne Flounlacker made her season debut for E-town and recorded ten points for the victors, the fourth-most in a single game in program history. She's achieved that twice now, having done it last season against McDaniel.

In a game where no team led by more than three, the Cardinals and Blue Jays (3-1) spent most of the game trading goals back and forth. As one side grabbed the lead, the other came right back to take it.

The opening minute, for example, saw two goals, one by each team. Maddy Jackson, 22 seconds into the match, tallied an unassisted goal to put the Jays up quickly, 1-0. Catholic's Madeline Nowakowski, who led the team with five goals, evened the score at 1-1, a mere 19 seconds later.

After Lindsay Brophy scored a short-handed goal to make it 4-2 in favor of the visitors with 20:59 showing on the clock in the first half, Emily Butler (assisted by Flounlacker) and Flounlacker brought the Jays back to tie it up at four apiece.Michele Grosso notched her only goal of the game with 6:12 left in the first half, again after Catholic had built a two-goal lead. E-town trailed 6-5 at the break.

Nowakowski gave the Cardinals (1-3) their biggest lead of the game, 8-5, with two goals to begin the final 30 minutes.Becky Porter assisted on Caitlin Knight's lone goal of the contest before scoring a goal of her own at the 23:01 mark to make it 8-7.

Following a goal by Catholic's Nicole Laitner, Flounlacker and Jackson both scored man-up goals, bringing the game to a 9-9 deadlock with 16:08 remaining.

Over the next eight minutes, E-town outscored the Cards three to one to grab their largest lead of the contest, 12-10. Catholic got one back on Nowakowski's fifth goal of the game. Brophy then leveled the game at 12-all with just over a minute left in regulation. Neither team could find the back of the net in the final moments, sending the game into overtime.

Assured of at least six minutes of extra time, Laitner scored for Catholic with 17 seconds to go in the first three-minute period before the teams would switch sides. It did not take long for E-town to respond as Flounlacker recorded her fourth of the game 17 seconds into the second three-minute stanza. Again, neither team could put themselves ahead, forcing sudden death from there on out.

Elizabethtown's Flounlacker did not waste much time at all, providing the heroics 29 seconds into the sudden death period as she took the feed from Butler and put the ball past goalie Tricia Pehnke for the game-winning goal.

Shelby Bruno came in for Rachael Waldman just before the end of regulation and recorded the win, moving to 1-1 on the season. Bruno made two saves in seven minutes of playing time, giving up just one goal. Waldman had 13 saves in 59 minutes in goal for the Jays.

Samantha Earle had three caused turnovers and six groundballs on defense for E-town. Alexis Morris added three groundballs and a caused turnover.

The women's lacrosse team returns to the field on Tuesday, March 19, when they travel to face Washington (Md.) at 4 p.m. Their next home game is Thursday, March 21 against ninth-ranked Amherst. Game time is set for 4 p.m. 

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