Women's Lacrosse 2012 Game Highlight




NEW CASTLE, Del. - - Another excellent first half and a hot start out of the halftime break by the Wilmington University women’s lacrosse team was negated as Georgian Court came back to score seven of the final eight goals, including three of four in overtime, and defeat the Wildcats, 16-14, at the Kirkwood Soccer Complex on Tuesday afternoon.

The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference leading Lions (7-2, 6-1 CACC) were on their heels for a majority of the game and the Wildcats (6-4, 3-3 CACC) took their largest lead, 13-9, with 18:05 to play in regulation before the two-time defending CACC Tournament champions responded.

Wilmington used a stretch of scoring four of the games five goals from the 20 minute mark to the 10 minute mark of the first half to take control of the contest early on. Tied at 2-2, Liz Case put the Wildcats in front with her second goal of the game on a free position shot, followed by Jaclyn Hall’s second goal with 18:41 to play in the first to make it 4-2.

After Georgian Court closed to within one, Jessica Graybeal and Megan Keffer gave the ‘Cats their largest lead of the first half with back-to-back goals. Keffer’s free position goal came with 10:46 to play in the opening stanza, giving the home team the 6-3 advantage.

The Lions tallied the next three goals to tie the game at 6-6, and again at 7-7 with 2:27 to play. Keffer put the Wildcats up one heading into the halftime break with a unassisted goal with 1:57 remaining, 8-7.

The Wildcats came out smoking in the second half as well, scoring the first two goals, and five of the first seven goals overall in the half to take a commanding 13-9 lead. Five different Wildcats scored during the run, as Jaclyn Hall opened the second half with a goal 30 seconds after the opening whistle. She took the control of the draw and knifed through the defense and scored her third goal of the game. Rebecca Guethler, Keffer, Meggan Apgar and Jess Stratton also scored during the run.

But that is where Olivia Rotunno and the Lions took over. Trailing by four, Georgian Court started its run with a goal by Molly McCourt with 16:18 to play in regulation. Neither team could find the back of the net until eight minutes later, as Rotunno scored the first of her three consecutive goals with 8:28 on the scoreboard.

After another long break in the scoring, Rotunno made it a one goal game with a goal off a fee by Samantha Shaw with 1:46 to play, and the Lions cut the deficit to 13-12.

Looking to run the clock out, the Wildcats’ Ashley Kroll earned the draw control with 1:38 to play, but Georgian Court came up with a turnover and regained possession at the 1:25 mark. The Lions’ McCourt got the ball to Rotunno who beat Wildcat goalkeeper Kaitlyn Hall with the game-tying goal with 1:02 to play.

Jaclyn Hall got the following draw control for the Wildcats and eventually got to the front of the cage with less than 10 seconds remaining, but could not get a shot off as the ball was forced out of her stick, sending the game into extra periods.

GCU’s Stephanie Gallo turned a save by her goalkeeper into a goal in the first overtime session, putting the Lions up 14-13 with 50 seconds left in the first half of the overtime period. But back went Jaclyn Hall who picked the draw and sprint down to retie the game at 14-14 only 12 seconds later.

The second three-minute stanza did not go as well for the Wildcats, as Jaclyn Hall had a free position shot with 2:02 left in overtime but was stuffed at the doorstep but the Lions’ Amanda Cathcart. Less than 30 seconds later, McCourt was down the other end of the field scoring the game-winning goal.

Rotunno added her sixth goal of the game with five seconds left in overtime, making it 16-14, as the Lions were playing keep-away after winning the draw control.

Jaclyn Hall scored four goals for the Wildcats as Keffer also scored a hat trick with three goals off the bench. Case added two goals and two assists while Rebecca Guethler tacked on two goals as well.

Kaitlyn Hall recorded seven saves in the cage for the Wildcats, but fell to 5-4 overall on the season. Cathcart made eight stops for the Lions, who outshot the Wildcats 32-28 during the game.

Wilmington is off this week from any action and returns to the field with their second of three consecutive home games on Wednesday, April 11 with a CACC matchup against Chestnut Hill. The opening draw is set for 3:00 p.m.

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