STANDISH, Maine – Senior Jordan McComb (Cumberland, R.I.) scored a free-position goal 1:51 into overtime to launch Lasell College (14-3, 9-2 GNAC) past Saint Joseph's College (9-7, 7-4 GNAC), 12-11, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's lacrosse contest at the SJC Athletics Complex on Wednesday evening.
With the win, Lasell clinches the #3 seed in the conference tournament and will host sixth-seeded Saint Joseph's in a quarterfinal contest this Saturday at 12:00 PM.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Senior Kayla Kelly (York, Maine) scored twice to help the hosts secure a commanding 5-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes, but the Lasers responded with a 7-0 run – which included three goals from junior Amanda DiLeonardo (West Haven, Conn.) - to conclude the first half with a 7-5 lead over the Monks.
After the intermission, SJC tallied three straight goals in the first 5:32 of the half to retake the lead. A DiLeonardo marker at the 23:21 mark knotted the game at 8-8, but the Monks answered with three straight strikes with the latter – a Kara Kelly (York, Maine) goal – making it an 11-8 game with 11:50 remaining.
Unfortunately for the Monks, the outcome did not turn in their favor, as a pair of untimely yellow cards helped the Lasers tie the game in the closing 10 minutes to set the stage for McComb in overtime.
Saint Joseph's freshman Madelyn Nelson (Casco, Maine) turned away 10 shots – including six free-position bids – in the setback while Lasell junior netminder Morgan Choquet (Woonsocket, R.I.) tallied nine saves in the Lasers' thrilling triumph
Lasell held narrow leads in shots (28-24), shots on goal (22-20), draw controls (13-11) and turnovers (20-23) while both teams picked up 29 ground balls in the hard fought conference contest.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
- Junior Maddy Beaulieu (West Gardiner, Maine) netted three goals with an assist and a pair of ground balls
- Freshman Logan Champlin (Alfred, Maine) contributed three goals on four shots with four ground balls and three draw controls
- Kayla Kelly added two goals and an assist with three ground balls, four draw controls, and three caused turnovers
- Sophomore Liz Callahan (Scarborough, Maine) notched three ground balls and three caused turnovers
LEADERS – LASELL:
- DiLeonardo (West Haven, Conn.) put up four goals and two assists with four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers
- Senior Vanessa Pino (Methuen, Mass.) chipped in with three goals and two assists
- McComb scored twice with seven ground balls, six draw controls, and three caused turnovers
- Junior Chloe Shugrue (Worcester, Mass.) scored a goal with four ground balls and three caused turnovers
With the setback, Saint Joseph's falls to 6-9 all-time versus Lasell College.