Women's Lacrosse Unable To Hold Off No. 3 Florida In Overtime Thriller
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
The third-ranked Florida Gators capitalized on a wild finish to regulation and Shayna Pirreca scored the game-winning goal just under one minute into the overtime period to hand the 23rd-ranked Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team a 17-16 loss at Donald R. Dizney Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Freshman Livy Rosenzweig's free-position goal with 2:27 to play in regulation gave the Greyhounds (0-2 overall) a 16-14 advantage, but the Gators (2-1 overall) answered with a free-position goal at 1:56. Florida then came up with the ball off of an errant pass on Loyola's clear attempt, which Madisyn Kittell stuck into the back of the net at the 1:12 mark, which ultimately sent the game to overtime.
The Gators won the overtime draw control and proceeded to call a timeout as they faced a potential turnover. After regrouping, Pirreca drove and scored the game winner at the 2:02 mark.
Senior Frankie Kamely led 10 Greyhounds in scoring, finishing with four goals, while Rosenzweig (2 goals, 2 assists) and Hannah Powers (1g, 3a) also finished with four points each. Senior Katrina Geiger, senior Hannah Savage and junior Taylor VanThof all chipped in two goals, while freshmen Sam Fiedler, Elli Kluegel and Liz Scott contributed one goal apiece.
Florida's Lindsey Ronbeck led all players with five points, scoring four goals and adding one assist.
Defensively for Loyola, junior Kady Glynn recorded her second-straight double-digit save performance, stopping 10 shots, while she also came up with five ground balls. Junior Kristen Yanchoris added four ground balls, while classmate Lindsey Ehrhardt had three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Rosenzeweig, who won a game-high 10 draw controls in the contest, got the Greyhounds an early 2-0 lead, assisting VanThof at 25:03 before scoring herself at 20:40. The Gators answered with a strike at 19:25, but freshman Bridget Ballard found Savage for another Loyola goal at 18:01, giving the Greyhounds an 3-1 advantage.
A pair of free position goals for the Gators tied the game at 3-3 and then a third-straight free position goal for Florida tied the game again at 4-4, following Savage's score at 13:36.
Kluegel kept Florida from earning the advantage, netting a goal at 10:30, followed by a strike from Kamely at 9:22, putting Loyola up 6-4. The Gators sandwiched goals around VanThof's free-position score to remain within one, 7-6, with 4:39 to play in the first half.
Florida's free position goal at the 1:26 mark evened the game for the third time, at 7-7, but Scott netted her first collegiate goal at 1:03, assisted by Powers, to give the Greyhounds an 8-7 halftime advantage.
Geiger netted a pair of goals out of the intermission, sticking the rebound of a saved shot into the back of the net at 28:32, before back-hand flipping a pass from Rozenzweig past Florida's goalkeeper at 27:03. Kamely then converted an 8-meter attempt to give Loyola its largest lead of the game, 11-7, at the 26:05 mark.
The Gators answered with four-straight goals though, pulling even at 11-11 with 23:07 on the clock. Kamely's free position goal at 17:52 kept Florida from taking the lead, but the Gators responded with back-to-back goals to earn its first lead of the game, 13-12, at 12:09.
A bouncer from Kamely evened the game at 13-13, but another free-position goal by Florida kept the Gators ahead, 14-13.
Powers got the Greyhounds their equalizer, on a free-position attempt, and then won the ensuing draw control before assisting Fiedler's highlight reel goal at the 4:43 mark, putting Loyola back in front, 15-14.
Rosenzweig added to the Greyhounds' lead, with a free position goal at 1:56, but the Gators fought back with a pair of goals under the two-minute mark to tie the game for an eighth time and ultimately send it to overtime.
Loyola will remain on the road for a third-straight game against a nationally ranked opponent, as it travels to No. 12 Penn State on Saturday for a 1 p.m. draw.