Springfield, Mass. - April 13, 2010 - The Mount Holyoke women's lacrosse team used some late heroics to knock off Springfield College, 12-11, on Tuesday evening in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. Peggy Wefald scored the game-winner with 2:40 into the second overtime to propel the visitors to victory.
The Lyons improve to 7-4, 2-2 in league action, while the Pride drop to 6-4, 2-2.
Clara Raugei tallied the game’s first goal of the game just 32 seconds into the contest as the vistors snagged a 1-0 lead under one minute into the game. However, Springfield then poured in six of the game’s next seven goals as the Pride took a commanding 6-2 lead with 17:29 remaining in the first half. Jackie Moscardelli and Allie Bazzano each tallied a pair of goals in the spurt as Springfield was seemingly in control of the contest.
Springfield was met with plenty of resistent from the visitors as the Lyons put forth a furious rally, pouring in four unanswered goals over a 4:14 span to even the contest at six goals apiece. Wefald kick started the run as she scored a pair of goals in the run.
A Nicole Soucie free-position goal with 4:11 on clock gave the hosts a 7-6 lead heading into the locker room. To start the second half, Perry Markell took a feed from Wefald and found the back of the cage as the teams were tied at seven all 1:48 into the second stanza.
An unassisted strike from Moscardelli gave Springfield its final lead of the game as she scored just under a minute later to make it 8-7. The Lyons then rattled off three unanswered goals, the last coming from Wefald on a free-position attempt as Mount Holyoke grabbed a two-goal advantage at 10-8.
SC netted the final two goals of regulation as Jenn Zubkus and Moscardelli scored at the 13:11 and 11:29 marks to tie the game at 10. Neither team would score in the final 11-plus minutes as the game headed to overtime.
Soucie provided Springfield with the lead in overtime as she buried an Erin Doolan strike with 1:59 left in the opening six-minute period. However, Wefald poured in another free-position goal, this one with just eight seconds remaing to force a second overtime.
In the second and final overtime session, Wefald came through once again as she scored 2:40 into the frame to give the Lyons the sudden-death victory.
For the game, Wefald finished with five goals and two helpers for a game-high seven points to go along with five draw controls. Markell and Raugei each netted hat tricks as well in the win. Jeanmarie Petersen was tremendous between the pipes as she recorded 17 saves in the victory.
The Pride was led by Moscardelli, who registered four goals and an assist to go along with four draw controls. Bazzano, Soucie, and Zubkus each scored two goals as well, while Rebecca DiSisto caused four turnovers and assisted on Moscardelli's goal which sent the game to overtime.
The Pride, which has three home games on the schedule this week, will hit the turf again on Thursday evening when it squares off against local power Trinity College at 7:00 pm.