Leopards Fight Back but Lose 18-17 in Triple OT
April 12, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette women's lacrosse program fell to Colgate 18-17 in triple overtime on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium. After falling behind early 9-3, the Maroon & White battled back and turned the game into a seesaw affair. In the second half and overtime periods, the teams were tied five times and the lead changed hands on five occurrences.
Laura Kleiber scored with 36 seconds left in regulation to give the Maroon & White their first lead of the contest. The Raiders answered 15 seconds later to tie the game at 16 apiece and send the game into overtime. In the first extra session, Carlianne McCabe beat a pair of defenders and the goalie to put the Leopards in front 17-16 with just six seconds left in the period. Colgate responded in the second overtime, scoring at the 1:33 mark. The teams remained scoreless to move to a sudden death overtime period.
In triple overtime, Amanda Case got off a good look with a minute to go but was denied by the Raider goalie. Colgate took over possession and proceeded to go the length of the field and score the game-deciding goal with just 19 seconds left in the extra session.
For Lafayette (6-10, 2-6), Ana White broke her own Patriot League record, winning 14 draw controls in the contest. White had 13 draw control wins in 2012 against Duquesne. The senior finished Saturday with three goals and four assists for seven points to lead the Leopards attack. White also caused two turnovers to move her into a first place tie for the all-time Patriot League record for most career caused turnovers. Kirsten Wilhelmsen scored a team-high four goals while Kleiber netted three goals. McCabe and Case added two goals each while Charlotte Avallone, Kristen Mignon and Katie Elander all registered a tally in the loss.
Megan Ark scored a game-high eight goals for Colgate (6-7, 4-3). Monica White added three goals and Tyler Sherper found the back of the net twice. Five other Raiders also recorded a goal for the Colgate attack.
The Raiders scored just 17 seconds into the game but Amanda Case responded 28 ticks later to tie the game at one in the early goings. The Raiders and Leopards traded the next five goals with the Lafayette tallies coming from Charlotte Avallone and Wilhelmsen. The back-and-forth play provided Colgate with the 4-3 lead just over 10 minutes into the contest.
The Raiders went on a 5-0 run over the next 10 minutes of action to move in front 9-3. The Leopards responded, scoring three of the final four goals in the half to cut the Raider's lead to 10-6 at the break. Wilhelmsen, Kleiber, and White netted the goals for Lafayette before halftime.
The Maroon & White continued their scoring run to start the second half, outscoring the Raiders 6-2 in the first 16-plus minutes of play to rally back and knot the game up at 12-12 with 13:22 remaining, White led the charge, scoring twice for Lafayette. Kleiber, Case, McCabe, and Elander all found the back of the cage to help rally the Leopards from the four-goal halftime deficit.
Colgate answered with back-to-back goals but Mignon and Wilhelmsen registered tallies for the Leopards one minute apart to tie the game at 14 apiece. Following another Raider goal, Wilhelmsen found the back of net for the fourth time on the day to knot the game up again at 15-15 with just over two minutes to play.
The Maroon & White and Colgate traded last minute goals before Kleiber was fouled and granted a free position shot with two seconds remaining in regulation. The senior was able to get off a shot but it hit the post to send the game into overtime.
In the extra session, McCabe scored with just six seconds left in the first overtime period but Colgate responded with a goal in the second overtime to push the teams to a sudden-death extra session. The Raiders provided the final blow in the game, scoring with 19 seconds left to defeat the Leopards.
Meghan Curtin made five saves for the Maroon & White while Jennie Berglin stopped 11 shots for the Raiders.
The Leopards wrap up their regular season next Saturday in a non-conference matchup against Iona. The opening draw at Fisher Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.