February 25, 2016
Women's Lacrosse Wins Opener in Overtime
SALISBURY, N.C. -- The Catawba Indians won a dramatic season-opening women's lacrosse game, claiming a 12-11 overtime win over visiting Belmont Abbey on Thursday afternoon at Shuford Stadium. Nicolette Salay (Columbus, N.J./N. Burlington Regional) notched the winning goal with 48 seconds left in the second overtime period. The Crusaders fell to 1-2.
Belmont Abbey was seconds away from winning in regulation after rallying from a 10-7 deficit to go on top with 2:10 remaining. The Crusaders won the ensuing draw control and was able to run off over a minute and half of the clock before Hannah Scott (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's Co.) caused a turnover with 21 seconds left.
Catawba was able to get the ball into the offensive zone and Megan Shortt (Kernersville, N.C./E. Forsyth HS) drew a foul with four seconds remaining. Shortt converted the free position shot with 1.4 seconds to play to send the game to overtime. Belmont Abbey had the lone shot of the first three minute overtime period, but Bethany Davis (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) made the last of her eight saves to keep the game tied.
In the second overtime session, Catawba won the draw control and had three shots before Salay finally converted on the fourth attempt as she took a feed from Meredith Jones (Barnesville, Md./St. Johns Catholic) and buried the winner. It was the third goal of the game for Salay and third assist for Jones, who set a record last year with 24 assists and entered the season with the school mark of 41 in a career.
Shortt led Catawba with four goals and added an assist. Erin Green (Stratford, N.J./Sterling) had a pair of goals in her collegiate debut, while Kirstyn Kruse (Sagamore Beach, Mass./Williston Northampton Prep) had two goals and an assist.
Rebecca Luca scored five goals to lead Belmont Abbey. Erin Kunkel had three goals with Katelin Glass adding two goals and an assist. Annie Brannon picked up seven saves after entering the game midway through the first half with the Crusaders down 5-3.
The teams traded the first six goals, but it was a 4-0 run by the Lady Indians over two and half minute span that gave Catawba a 6-3 edge at the 11:34 mark of the half. Short had the final two goals in the run, while Green and Salay also tallied. The Lady Indians led 6-4 at the break.
Mackenzie Miller pulled the Crusaders within 8-7 with 12:58 remaining before Catawba put home a pair of goals to lead 10-7 with 9:05 remaining. The Crusaders rallied in the final seven minutes with four straight goals. Luca had two before Kunkel tied the game with 4:29 left and Glass' go-ahead goal with 2:10 to play.
Catawba held a 27-23 edge in shots and both teams scooped up 34 ground balls. Catawba helped for four more turnovers, 32-28, and scored on 3-of-9 free positions shots. The Crusaders were just 1-of-6 from free position shots. Belmont Abbey won 15 of the 26 draw controls, but Catawba claimed the last two.
The Lady Indians are back in action on Saturday, traveling to Chowan for a 3 pm start.
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