#5 WOMEN’S LACROSSE RALLIES TO FORCE OVERTIME, BUT FALLS TO #9 BENTLEY, 10-9
Waltham, Mass. – Carolyn Kynoch scored with 50 seconds left in overtime to give ninth-ranked Bentley University a 10-9 win over the fifth-ranked Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team on Sunday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action.
The Dolphins jumped out to a 2-0 lead through the opening 3:25. Senior attacker Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) started the game's scoring with an unassisted tally two minutes into the contest. Junior midfielder Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) doubled her team's lead with 26:35 left after taking a pass from freshman attacker Meghan Serota (Black River, N.Y./Carthage).
Bentley answered back 58 seconds later to get on the scoreboard as Taylor Bastien found the back of the net.
Le Moyne, which has dropped two regular season games in a season for the first time in the three years competing at the Division II level, pushed its lead back to two goals with 19:47 remaining as freshman attacker Maggie Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) tallied her third goal of the season.
The Falcons scored the final two goals of the half to pull even at the intermission. Megan Wiggins scored off a feed from Bastien 34 seconds after Monnat scored, while Kynoch fired a shot into the net with one second left in the stanza off a pass from Tori Cerny.
The teams alternated goals over the opening five minutes of the second half. Bauer gave the lead back to the Dolphins with her eighth goal of the campaign just 66 seconds into the half. At the 26:09 mark, Jackie Brown knotted the score at four apiece after taking a pass from Kynoch. Senior midfielder Gabrielle Kamide (Deferiet, N.Y./Carthage) gave the Dolphins the lead for the final time with 25:08 left off a feed from Bauer.
Bentley answered with back-to-back goals in a span of 63 seconds to take its first lead. Cori Geiger tied the score at five with 21:40 remaining off a pass from Kynoch, while Wiggins found the back of the net for a 6-5 lead off another feed from Bastien.
After Nies evened the score at six off a pass from freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Armstrong (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego) with 17:54 left, the Falcons scored three straight goals, including two in a span of 33 seconds, to open up a 9-6 advantage. Geiger tallied her second goal of the day after taking a pass from Bastien just 11 seconds after Nies scored. Bastien followed with her second goal of the contest at the 17:10 mark off a pass from Wiggins. Erin O'Connor then gave the Falcons the largest lead of the game with an unassisted goal with 13:41 to play.
The Dolphins rallied with three goals over the final 12:59 to force overtime. Junior attacker Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) ended Bentley's 3-0 run with an unassisted goal at the 12:59 mark. Following 10 and one-half minutes of scoreless action, Conese tallied another unassisted goal to pull the Dolphins within 9-8 with 2:16 remaining. After Kamide caused a turnover and picked up the loose ball with 1:38 left, Conese fed Monnat for the game-tying goal with 1:25 remaining in regulation.
Bentley won the ensuing draw and Wiggins put a shot on goal, but sophomore goalkeeper Molly Marbut (Edgewater, Md./South River) turned the shot away.
In the first half of the overtime session, Monnat and Bauer each put shots on goal, but Bentley goalkeeper Ally Dorman stopped both attempts.
Bentley (2-1, 1-0 NE-10) won the opening draw of the second half of the overtime period and controlled the ball for over two minutes until Kynoch sent a shot into the back of the net with 50 seconds left off a pass from Bastien. Le Moyne won the ensuing draw and eventually was awarded a free-position shot with 10 seconds remaining. However, Dorman turned the shot away to preserve the lead for the Falcons.
Marbut registered 12 saves over the 66 minutes between the pipes in taking her second straight loss. Dorman earned the victory after registering 10 saves, including six after halftime.
Le Moyne (2-2, 0-1 NE-10), which had its 22-game Northeast-10 Conference win streak snapped, returns to action on Wednesday at Merrimack College at 4:00 p.m.