Springfield, Mass. – March 24, 2012 -- The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team rallied from a five-goal deficit to defeat NEWMAC-rival Wheaton College, 14-13, in a double overtime victory at SC's Stagg Field Saturday afternoon. The win raises Springfield's record to 4-3 on the season, while Wheaton falls to 3-3.
Six different Pride players scored, with Jackie Moscardelli and Meghan Flanagan contributing four goals apiece.
Seven different players scored for Wheaton in the loss.
Springfield got on the board early with a goal from Kelly Gallo. Gallo faked left and shot right to put Springfield up 1-0. Wheaton responded quickly, with senior captain Hailey Colburn scoring to even the score just two minutes into the first half.
A Wheaton foul deep in the zone lead to a free position shot for Springfield captain Moscardelli, the reigning NEWMAC Player of the Year.. Moscardelli slipped one past Lyons goalkeeper Katy Ananian to put the Pride back up by one.
From there, Wheaton went on a run, scoring four unanswered during the middle part of the first half. Katie Powers tied the score at two with a free position goal, and Charlotte DeSantis pushed the Lyons ahead 3-2 with a free position goal of her own. Moments later, it was 5-2.
Springfield stopped the 4-0 run when Allie Davis created space in the Wheaton zone and hit Michelle Dorsey with a pass for the easy goal to cut the lead to 5-3. The teams would trade another goal each in the first half, with Sydney Ferguson adding a score for the Lyons and Flanagan scoring again for the Pride to bring the halftime score to 6-4 in favor of the visitors.
Wheaton stayed hot early in the second half, with Amy Moreira scoring 41 seconds into the period to push the lead back to three. Moscardelli responded for Springfield off a Gallo assist, but Wheaton quickly answered with a three-goal spurt. Kristen Palmer put the Lyons up 8-5, Moreira added a free position goal, and Leila Mills scored from an assist by DeSantis to give Wheaton a 10-5 lead with 23:23 to play.
Davis was once again able to stop the Wheaton run to cut the deficit to 10-6, but the Lyons took advantage of a free position attempt with a goal from Ferguson to make it a five-goal game again with 19:04 left.
Then Springfield buckled down on defense and started its comeback. A Wheaton foul on Devon Soucier gave Flanagan a free position shot that she canned easily, bringing the Pride back to within four. Dorsey tallied her second goal of the game with a helper from Brittany Leguelaff, and just like that the deficit was cut to three.
Springfield forced a Wheaton turnover on the clear attempt and Kelly Foley picked up the ground ball and found Moscardelli with a pass. The senior co-captain made a quick move and rifled a shot past Ananian to make it 11-9 with just over seven minutes to play.
Defense ruled the next few minutes for both sides, as the score remained 11-9 with under two minutes to go. Another Wheaton turnover on the clear attempt gave Springfield life and Flanagan wasted no time in scoring to make it 11-10 at the 1:14 mark.
With 00:42 left, Gallo forced a turnover and found Moscardelli. Moscardelli juked in front of the crease and ripped the game-tying goal into the net to make it 11-11 and force a six-minute overtime period.
In the first half of the overtime, the visitors fought to regain the lead, as Moreira and DeSantis each scored for Wheaton while Davis found the net for the Pride.
After the first three minute overtime session, the Lyons clung to a 13-12 advantage.
With less than 1:30 to go in the second portion of the overtime, Springfield's Kerstin Lindrooth scooped up a rebound and found Flanagan for another game-tying strike. With the score at 13 apiece, Springfield finished the overtime period with stifling defense to force a three-minute sudden victory period.
With under two minutes to go in the sudden victory period, Kelly Harris forced a Lyons turnover and Moscardelli set up the Pride play. The senior found Lindrooth flashing into the middle of the crease and hit her in stride. Lindrooth pivoted and fired, catching the top corner of the net. The goal gave Springfield the conference win and its first lead in the game since 2-1 early in the first half.
The Pride will be back in action at Stagg Field next Wednesday night at 7:00 pm versus Amherst College.