Sheppard, Bowen, Power Mustangs Past Corsairs in Double Overtime, 17-16
NORTH DARMOUTH, Mass. -- The Mount Ida College women's lacrosse team upended the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth by a final score of 17-16 in double overtime. Amanda Bowen (Randolph, Vt.) scored the game winner on a free position shot giving the Mustangs the thrilling victory with 2:51 remaining in the second overtime. With the win, Mount Ida improves to (1-2, 0-0 GNAC) while UMass Dartmouth is .500 at (1-1, 0-0 LEC).
Sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) opened up the scoring for the Corsairs just 1:30 seconds into the opening half of the game off the stick of teammate Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) giving UMass Dartmouth the early 1-0 advantage. Molly Sheppard (Brookhaven, N.Y.) answered for the Mustangs just a minute and a half later when she knotted the score at 1-1 off an assist from Kaitlyn Affhauser (Cheshire, Mass.). Kane would answer a little more than three minutes later on an unassisted tally that would regain the lead for the hosts at 2-1.
Mount Ida freshman Nicole Pavao (Peabody, Mass.) would add an unassisted marker of her own less than a minute later, knotting the score 2-2. UMass Dartmouth then score four straight goals to take a 6-2 lead at the 16:56 mark. Taylor Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) would net her first goal of the game, before Kane would score two straight goals giving herself the early hat trick, while Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) scored her first goal of the contest.
In response to the Corsairs run, Mount Ida would make a run of their own by scoring five consecutive goals to take a 7-lead. Mustang sophomore Samantha Basler (Plymouth, Mass.) netted her first goal game and cutting the hosts lead in half at 6-3. Sheppard would score her second of the game off an assist from Bowen, while Pavao, Bowen, and Basler all tallied goals to give Mount Ida the lead. Corsano would tie things up at 7-7 with just 0:49 left in the half.
The second half began with Corsairs freshman Taylor Hill (Braintree, Mass) scoring her first tally of the game and giving UMass Dartmouth an 8-7 lead. Sheppard then tied the score at 8-8 by scoring her third goal of the game, good for a hat trick. Kane would answer on a free position shot that gave UMD the lead once again. Freshman attack Rebecca Beaulieu (Weare, N.H.) would continue her scoring spree to start the season by tying the game at the 4:04 mark, 9-9.
Bowen and Sheppard continued the Mustang scoring spree by notching back to back goals while giving Mount Ida some breathing room, 11-9. Gibb would soon answer for the Corsairs before Affhauser would record her only goal of the game while Sheppard scored her fourth, giving the road team a three goal lead at 13-10. After already scoring five goals, Kane was not finished. The sophomore then fire off four straight goals for UMD giving the home team a 14-13 lead. With momentum changing just a little, Sheppard had other ideas while scoring her sixth and final goal of the game tying the affair up at 14-14.
With just over six minutes remaining in the game, Corsano and Longo would net two straight goals to give UMD the two goal cushion, 16-14, at the 26:51 mark. With time running out, Mount Ida would call time out to talk things over. After the short break, and with 1:30 left in the game, Mount Ida would storm back and tie the game at 16-16 on goals by Basler and Bowen, sending the game into overtime.
Both teams battled through the first overtime with neither team being able to muster the game winner. With just 0:09 remaining in the second overtime, Bowen scored the thrilling game winning goal on a free position shot giving Mount Ida the 17-16 victory.
Bowen, Sheppard and Basler powered the Mustangs by combining for 13 of 16 Mount Ida goals while Pavao added two of her own, and Affhauser and Beaulieu each scored once. Mount Ida notched three assists on the afternoon with three coming from Bowen, and Sheppard, Affhauser and Beaulieu each had one. Beaulieu also lead the Mustangs with six ground balls.
Sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) powered the UMass Dartmouth offensive attack with nine goals, including five markers in the second frame. Corsano recorded a hat trick and dished out two assists for five points, while freshman Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) and Longo each produced three points. Freshman goalie Leah Wilkinson (Northford, Conn.) scooped up a team-high five ground balls, while junior captain Sarah Kalmes (Billerica, Mass.) was one off the pace.
Junior goalie Sammy Levitt (Wayland, Mass.) turned in a strong performance in between the pipes for the Mustangs with a season-high 14 saves to earn the victory. Leah Wilkinson (Northford, Conn.) was the tough luck loser with six saves after relieving freshman Nicole Butts (Milford, Mass.) at the start of the second half. Butts finished the contest with three stops.
The Corsairs held a 37-32 advantage in shots, while Mount Ida had a slight edge in ground balls, 25-24. Gibb helped the hosts earn a 22-15 advantage in draw controls, winning nine restarts.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on March 8th, when the Corsairs travel to Salve Regina University.
Mount Ida will hit the road yet again for a non-conference tilt with the Bison of Nichols College on Saturday, March 8th with game time slated for 11:00 a.m.
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