After trailing by four with 8:05 left in regulation, Kelly Quinlan scored the game-tying goal on a free-position shot with 35 seconds remaining, but Denver scored twice in overtime to hold off #11 Loyola, 13-12 Wednesday afternoon at the Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Denver's Kara Secora scored the first goal in the first extra session with five seconds to go. Loyola would tie it midway through the second overtime thanks to Caroline Hager, who recorded her second goal of the game. Secora netted the game-winner less than a minute later to give the Pioneers the victory.
Hager as well as fellow juniors Grace Gavin and Cara Filippelli scored two goals each to lead the Greyhounds, as did freshman Joanna Dalton, who recorded her first career points. Gavin and Hager tied for the team lead with three points along with Abby Rehfuss and Emily Gibson who both recorded a goal and two assists.
The teams trade goals early, but tied at two, Denver then scored three unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead. Rehfuss then scored on a free-position cutting the lead to two before Denver re-extended the lead. Filippelli scored just before the end of the half as Loyola went into the locker room down, 6-4.
Wells scored the first two goals of the second half to give Denver a four goal lead, a lead they would match twice later in the half.
Dalton scored her first collegiate goal on an assist by Gibson with just over 22 minutes remaining in regulation.
After a goal by Tully Stapp brought the lead back to four at 9-5, Gibson and Mary Henneberry scored consecutive goals for the Greyhounds, cutting the lead in half at 9-7.
Lexi Sanders and Wells then scored unassisted goals, bringing the Denver lead to four for the third time of the game.
Filippelli and Dalton scored on free-position shots to start the late rally, cutting the lead to 11-9. Gavin then scored with 6:34 remaining after a ground ball and assist by freshman Ashley Moulton. Moulton's assist was her first collegiate point.
Loyola goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff was solid in net once again, making six saves in a career-high 66 minutes played.
Loyola held the advantage on the draws, 19-10, but turnovers were the story as the Greyhounds committed 29 compared to 24 by Denver. All together there were 53 combined turnovers to 46 total shots.
Rehfuss tied her career-high with eight draw controls, matching a total she reached vs. Louisville on April 18, 2009. Meg Decker and Gibson both controlled three draws. Gibson also led the team with three ground balls and tied with Decker for a team-high four caused turnovers.
Denver's Carrie Gamper recorded a game-high seven ground balls and six caused turnovers.
Loyola (2-2) will look to bounce back when they return home to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field to host crosstown rival Towson Saturday, March 6 at 1:00 pm.