Lyons drop overtime heartbreaker to Springfield in home opener

Lyons drop overtime heartbreaker to Springfield in home opener

NORTON, MA- Springfield College sophomore Jackie Moscardelli (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth) scored the only goal of overtime, with 1:14 remaining, as the Pride spoiled the Wheaton College women's lacrosse team's home opener during an 11-10 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Saturday at Keefe Field. The Lyons are now 2-5 overall and 1-1 in the league, while the Pride improved to 6-2 and 2-0.

Wheaton sophomore Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH/Concord) recorded three goals and an assist, while classmate Brittany Whynot (Fountain Hills, AZ/Fountain Hills) added a hat trick. Sophomore Katie Powers (Ashburnham, MA/Cushing Academy) scored twice, and junior Marianna Marcellino (Milton, MA/Thayer Academy) made 10 saves in a little more than 60 minutes.

Senior Alexandra Bazzano (Newington, CT/Newington) tallied four times for Springfield, and junior Meagan Dobson (Longmeadow, MA/Longmeadow) recorded two goals and two assists. Moscardelli and senior Jenn Zubkus (Dover, NH/Saint Thomas Aquinas) added two goals apiece, while classmate Lauren McAulay (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) had seven saves.

The teams combined for a flurry of goals in the first 9:25, as eight shots found the back of the net, including six by Springfield. Moscardelli and Zubkus scored 34 seconds apart to make it 3-1 just 3:37 in, and Powers responded at 24:44 before Zubkus tallied 16 ticks later to spark a 4-0 run. Bazzano netted the final two goals in that stretch, producing a 7-2 advantage for the Pride at the 17:08 mark.

From there, Wheaton held the visitors off the board for 23:49, rallying to knot the contest after halftime. Colburn, Powers and Whynot tallied during an 8:46 span before Whynot brought the Lyons to within 7-6 with 35.9 seconds to go in the opening half.

Sophomore Sydney Ferguson (Jamestown, RI/North Kingstown) knotted the game at 24:46 of the second before the Pride took the lead back 1:29 later and held a 9-7 advantage into the final dozen minutes of regulation. A Colburn free-position tally at 11:21 was met by a Bazzano eight-meter goal with 10:29 left, but the Lyons scored the next two goals to force overtime. Colburn made it 10-9 at 8:36 before later dumping a pass in front of the target to Whynot, who netted the tying marker with 5:11 left.

Wheaton won the ensuing draw and held the ball until the final minute before turning it over, but the Pride gave possession back on the restart. However, the Lyons were unable to notch the go-ahead tally, and Springfield could not get a shot away after a final rush brought the ball close to the net.

The Lyons won all three draws in overtime, again holding for a clean look during the first half of the extra period before Springfield took the ball away and could not fire off a shot in the waning seconds. However, after a Wheaton possession in the final three-minute segment, the Pride picked up the loose ball and rushed the opposing end, with Mascardelli taking a feed deep in Lyon territory and weaving past a couple of defenders to score. The hosts were unable to fire off a shot in the closing moments.

The Lyons head back to the road for the next two contests, beginning on Tuesday at Gordon College with a 6:00 p.m. game.