Women's Lacrosse Beats Villanova, 13-12, in Dramatic Overtime Win

April 12, 2008

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EASTON, Pa. - Junior midfielder Kristin Ruminski found the back of the net 18 seconds into triple-overtime to give Lafayette a 13-12 victory over Villanova for their first win of the season. The Leopards beat the Wildcats for the third straight year, with two of the games going into overtime and all three being decided by one point.

Senior Maddy Booth tied her season-high with four goals on the afternoon while also adding two assists to the effort. Sophomore Maria Drehwing tallied four points with two goals and two assists while Ruminski scored two goals and had one assist.

Villanova came out strong, netting three goals in the first five minutes of the game before sophomore attacker Courtney Bryan put the Leopards on the board with a dish from Booth at 24:44. The Wildcats added another three goals, but freshman Kelsey Harkness stopped the run with a score assisted by Bryan at 9:42. Harkness' goal was the first of a four-score run for Lafayette that included goals from Lauren Brown, Julia Bateman and Booth, who scored off a free-position shot with 20 seconds left in the half to narrow Villanova's lead to 6-5.

Booth scored again five minutes into the second half to tie the game 6-6. Wildcats' Lucy Taylor netted a goal one minute later to give Villanova the lead. The lead was short-lived, however, as Drehwing scored less than a minute later off a pass by Ruminski. The Leopards took the lead when Booth won the draw control and passed it to Brown who took it up the middle of the field and shot it into the back of the net for an 8-7 lead with 23:37 to play.

Villanova (4-9) scored four unanswered goals over the next 12 minutes to jump out to an 11-8 advantage. Lafayette began to come back when Drehwing scooped up a groundball and dished it to Booth for her second score of the afternoon. Booth added another goal on a free-position shot and Ruminski tied up the game by picking up a groundball after a shot by Brown to net the tying score (11-11) with 2:26 remaining in the game.

Lafayette (1-11) was the first to score in overtime as Drewhing and Booth connected for the third time resulting in a Drehwing score with 32 seconds left in the first overtime period. Villanova tied the game for the fifth time of the afternoon with McKenna scoring with just 39 seconds left in overtime.

The Leopards won the ensuing draw control and played keep away from the Wildcats to drain almost two minutes off the clock in an attempt to gain the advantage with the last shot. The clock expired with the game still in a 12-12 lock. The game moved into it's third overtime which resulted in sudden-death play, where Ruminski's goal ended the game just 18 seconds into the period.

Sophomore Emily Bjork made 11 saves while facing 33 shots over 66:30 of play. Villanova's Maggie Langen made nine saves while facing 29 shots.

Lafayette won twice as many draw controls as the Wildcats (21-10) and scooped up more groundballs (25-21) to help give them the advantage.

Taryn McKenna was the main offensive force for Villanova, racking up five goals for the Wildcats.

The Leopards host their next game against Central Connecticut State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.