No. 20 Mary Washington Slips Past Women's Lacrosse in OT Thriller, 19-18

No. 20 Mary Washington Slips Past Women's Lacrosse in OT Thriller, 19-18

FREDERICKSBURG, Va.—In a game that featured seven ties and five lead changes, junior Jenna Petrucelli (Cranbury, N.J.) scored her third goal of the game just 15 seconds into overtime to propel Mary Washington University to a dramatic 19-18 come-from-behind victory over visiting Babson College on Wednesday afternoon at the Battleground Outdoor Complex.

With its third consecutive overtime loss, Babson falls to 1-4 overall while Mary Washington evens its record at 4-4 with the win.

Sophomore Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) paced the Beavers with a career-high nine points on four goals and five assists while senior Jameson Spang (Kennebunk, Maine) tallied a season-high six goals and junior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) scored five times. First-year McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) scored the first two goals of her career and senior Taylor Kralovenec (Cos Cob, Conn.) added a goal and two assists.

Senior Keller Torrey (Roswell, Ga.) led the Eagles with six goals and three assists, junior Mergan Gersbeck (Wading River, N.Y.) scored five times and notched one assist, and sophomore Corinne Wiederkehr (Wading River, N.Y.) added three goals and four assists on the day.

The first half produced an offensive showcase from both teams as Mary Washington built a 3-2 lead just 8:39 into the game before Babson came storming back four goals in a 3:16 stretch to go ahead 6-3 at the 16:46 mark. Beatty scored her first two goals of the game 49 seconds apart, Secrist followed with her first score of the game and Spang added her third of the game.

The Eagles scored three of the game's next four goals to pull within 7-6 before the Beavers scored three times in a 76 second span to push their advantage to 10-6 with 11:48 left in the first half. Torrey stopped the Babson run with her second goal of the day for Mary Washington, but back-to-back goals from Kralovenec and Spang gave their Beavers their biggest lead of the game at 12-7 with 7:13 left before halftime.

The Eagles wasted little time getting back into the game though, scoring three times before the break to cut Babson's advantage after 30 minutes to 12-10, before tacking on a pair of goals in the opening 52 seconds of the second half to pull even at 12-12. The teams' traded the next six goals before Gersbeck, Torrey and junior Katie Williams (Charlottesville, Va.) gave Mary Washington an 18-15 lead, its biggest of the game, with 14:35 left in regulation.

Beatty's fifth goal of the day brought Babson back within two at 11:32 and following a turnover, Secrist made long run down the middle of the field before feeding Tucci, whose second goal of the season cut the deficit to 18-17 with 6:47 to go. After Mary Washington senior goalie Kathryn Stiltz (Marietta, Ga.) saved a pair of free position shots in the final four-plus minutes, Secrist finally beat her with a free position attempt to force overtime with 61 seconds remaining in regulation.

Petrucelli scored the only goal of the six-minute extra period, controlling the draw and racing down field and beating Beavers' junior goalie Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) for the game-winner.

Baharestani finished with four saves in the loss while Stiltz made 12 stops to earn the win for Mary Washington.

Spang collected a game-high five ground balls and eight draw controls while Beatty had six draw controls for Babson, who held a 33-32 advantage in shots.

Babson will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they open up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play in a 12pm start at Wellesley College, while Mary Washington will host Frostburg State on Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm.