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NCAA women’s D2 semifinals: Hamilton (CB West) scores game-winner to put Lock Haven into today’s finals

Sunday, 18th May 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/18/14
From Press Release

Kelly Hamilton (Central Bucks West) scored with 1:49 left in overtime Saturday to give Lock Haven a 10-9 win over Lindenwood in the NCAA Division II semifinals at Salem, Va.

The Lady Eagles (19-2) held off a furious second-half surge by Lindenwood (15-4) and rallied late in regulation to the tie game. Hamilton’s goal gave gave LHU its 17th straight win and propelled Lock Haven into its second National Championship game in the last five seasons.

Down 9-8 late, Rachel Ward scored with just 1:33 left in regulation to tie the game.

Lock Haven will take on No. 1 and unbeaten Adelphi University at 2 p.m. in the NCAA Division II Championship game. For LIVE stats, video and audio click here.

Following Ward’s late game-tying goal, Lindenwood had a chance to win, but Chrissy Baffuto made a brilliant kick save with 16 seconds left in the game to preserve the tie. Baffuto was on hand to make another huge stop 2:10 into overtime.

Ward and Baffuto’s late-game brilliance set the stage for Hamilton’s fireworks in overtime.

Lindenwood went on a five-goal run to take a 9-8 lead. LWU’s go-ahead goal came with 6:18 left.

As Lindenwood looked to stall over the final six minutes of the game, Melinda Wojt (TSouderton) grabbed a ground ball after a Lady Lion turnover to set up the game-tying strike.

Wojt and Kelly Close (Unionville) both had three ground balls in the win, while Christina Hawkins added two caused turnovers sparking another tremendous defensive effort from The Haven.

Jenna Dingler (TWashington Township) added an assist.

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