Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/26/14
From Press Release
It took two weather delays and some overtime ball, but the La Salle lacrosse squad clinched a spot in next week’s Atlantic 10 Championship with an 8-7 OT win at George Washington on Friday afternoon. Caitlyn Brostrand (Camden Catholic) recorded a hat trick including the game-winning goal in overtime, and rookie Allee Ilgenfritz also recorded a hat trick.
With the win, the Explorers (10-5, 4-2 Atlantic 10) tied the program win record of 10 for the third straight year and can set a new program mark with a victory on Sunday at George Mason.
In addition to Brostrand’s and Ilgenfritz’s hat tricks, Alanna Diffendal and Alex Watson drained goals.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team right now!” Head Coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell said. “Our girls have been working so hard and really coming together at the right time. For our team and in particular our seniors to help them earn this win tonight in tough conditions against a hard fighting GW team was awesome. I love being around this group of girls and we are thrilled to be able to continue playing for a championship.”
A trio of Colonials (6-8, 2-4 Atlantic 10) scored two goals apiece, including Terasa Vassallo, Michaela Lynch and Olivia Boudreau.
GW opened scoring with an Allie Rash goal at 28:01, but Brostrand and Diffendal drained back-to-back scores at 27:10 and 26:09 to give the Explorers their first lead of the game. The game started shaping up as a back-and-forth affair as GW scored the next two goals to regain a 3-2 advantage at 21:14.
Ilgenfritz drained her first of the game at 19:02 to knot the score at 3-3, but Boudreau put the Colonials back on top at 13:19.
Watson drained a goal at 11:30 but Boudreau answered less than a minute later for a 5-4 GW lead. Neither team found the back of the net for the remainder of the half.
Scoring was tough to come by in the second half, but La Salle drained three straight goals to take a 7-5 lead. Brostrand scored at 27:06, and Ilgenfritz scored at both 18:20 and 13:12. The Explorers held the Colonials scoreless in the second half until there was just 6:12 left in regulation, but Vassallo and Lynch each scored in less than a minute to knot the game at 7-7.
Neither team managed another goal in regulation. The squads were forced into a rain delay with 1:07 left on the clock, and then into a second lightening delay. GW had possession on the restart, and the Explorers were able to hold the Colonials scoreless thanks to a terrific save by Gabby Antonelli to force the extra period. Brostrand drained the game-winner with 4:53 remaining in OT, the only goal scored by either squad in the six-minute stop-clock overtime. In fact, that was the only shot taken by either team in the overtime period.
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