Springfield, Mass. -- March 7, 2012 -- Allie Davis and Jackie Moscardelli scored two goals within the first minute of overtime, giving their Springfield College women's lacrosse team the advantage as the Pride went on to defeat Plymouth State University, 17-15, this evening at SC's Stagg Field. The win lifted SC's record to 2-0, while Plymouth fell to 0-1.
The game featured a 15-minute delay with just under 19 minutes left in regulation as there was a problem with the lights turning on at the field.
Springfield raced out to an early 2-0 lead just 2:04 into the contest thanks to unassisted goals from Davis, a junior midfielder from Fairfield, Conn., and junior midfielder Meghan Flanagan (Averill Park, N.Y.).
The Panthers responded with the game’s next four goals to open up a two-goal advantage. After consecutive strikes from freshman midfielder Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) forced the Pride into a timeout, freshman attacker Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) and freshman attacker Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) found the back of the cage to make it a 4-2 game for the Panthers with 18:25 left on the clock in the first half.
Freshman midfielder Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.) scored Springfield’s first goal in over 12 minutes to break the hosts' scoring drought before Moscardelli, a senior from Weymouth, Mass. and the reigning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Player of the Year, tacked on a free-position goal to tie the score for the final time in the opening 30 minutes of play.
Plymouth State then scored four unanswered goals once again, with strikes coming from four different players, to open up an 8-4 lead with 7:12 left in the half.
Springfield responded with markers from Dorsey and Davis to get within two at 8-6, only to have MacDonald rip an unassisted goal with 1:39 on the clock, giving the visitors a three-goal lead heading into halftime.
The teams traded the first six goals of the second half before consecutive free-position goals from Dorsey and Moscardelli made it a one-goal game with 19:38 remaining in regulation.
McNabb gave the Panthers a two-goal lead once again after she converted along the crease 54 seconds later.
From there, the Pride put forth a furious rally, using goals from Flanagan and another from Moscardelli to take its first lead since leading with just under 28 minutes left in the first half. Flanagan had a terrific individual effort and beat her defender to the inside for a goal with 11:57 on the clock.
But the Panthers showed plenty of resolve as sophomore attacker McKenna Bay (Maracaibo, Venezuela) buried a goal along the crease on an impressive feed from McNabb in transition with 2:03 remaining, tying it at 14-all.
Plymouth State had a chance to win the game in the waning moments of regulation but McNabb’s free-position strike with 16 seconds left was snuffed out by SC sophomore goalkeeper Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass.)
Springfield wasted little time seizing control of the overtime as it pumped home goals twice in the opening minute. Davis scored just 16 seconds in before Moscardelli bounced in a goal at the 59 second mark. SC thus led 16-14 entering the second overtime.
Plymouth State then closed the gap early in that session when freshman midfielder Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) scored with the assist from Bay.
Pride sophomore attacker Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) put on the exclamation with a one-on-one goal with just two ticks left on a look from Davis.
Springfield will next embark on its annual Spring Break trip to Florida and will play three games in four days. The Pride’s first game will be on Monday, March 12 against Ithaca.