Women's Lacrosse News & Highlights
April 02, 2014
Wilcox's Game-winner Lifts Eagles In Triple OT
Wilcox's goal came 30 seconds into the third overtime period. After she won the opening draw of the period, she earned the foul and set up for a free-position attempt on the left side of the fan. Wilcox wound up and fired a high-to-low shot that skipped past King's goalie Courtney Stefanik for the golden goal. Stefanik had recorded 11 saves up to that point.
Eagles' head coach Camrin Azzarano said that she was impressed with Shannon Wilcox's tenacity and focus at the end of the extended game. "She really showed her leadership and maturity at the end of the game," Azzarano said.
In a very low-scoring game (the first game Eastern has won without scoring double-digits since April 9, 2009 at Haverford), the Eagles defense stepped up their game to hold off the Monarchs. The Eagles' defense caused 12 turnovers and freshman goalie Megan McReynolds picked up the win in the net after making 17 saves. "Megan is incredibly focused and fully invested in the play," Azzarano said. "She's willing to sacrifice herself to make the save."
Sophomore Stephanie Hogan shone defensively as well, snagging seven ground balls and causing three turnovers. Hogan also pulled down five draw controls.
Offensively, Anna Charlebois led the Eagles with two goals, both in the second half. Ariana Borreggine scored the first goal of the game, nearly 10 minutes in. Monarchs' Amanda Harney scored twice in response, but Eastern freshman Eva Ehrhardt scored her first collegiate goal with 8:41 to play in the first half to tie the game.
With 6:07 to go in the first half, Jenn McKelvie scored her ninth goal of the year, but King's closed out the half with another Harney goal and then a tally by Gabriella Morrocu with three seconds left in the half.
Charlebois evened the score with 22:51 to go in the second half and upped the Eagles lead to 5-4 with 7:02 remaining.
However, Harney scored her fourth goal of the game with 3:38 remaining in regulation to knot the game at 5-5. Harney had a chance to win the game with one second left, but had her shot blocked by Hogan's stick, sending the game to overtime.
The Eagles entered their first overtime game since April 27, 2010 (at FDU). Neither team scored in the first two overtime periods. Megan McReynolds stuffed her 17th shot of the game, saving Morrocu's free position shot with three seconds left in the overtime period.
The teams moved to triple overtime which unlike the first two was a sudden-victory period. Wilcox earned the free position shot while the Eagles were a man-down offensively with Steph Hogan sidelined with a yellow card. (King's played the whole game with one less player, but were still even-strength on every offensive and defensive possession.) Wilcox then buried her 12th goal of the year to clinch the win.
The Eagles (4-5, 1-0 Freedom) travel to FDU-Florham for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday.
Updated: Wednesday, 02 April 2014