Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/14/15
From Press Release
Erin McCabe sank a free position shot with 20 seconds remaining in overtime, and the La Salle women’s lacrosse squad avenged last year’s one-goal loss to UMBC with a 10-9 win over the Retrievers in the season opener on Saturday afternoon.
“It was a typical first game – up and down and a bit sloppy but we found a way to win,” Head Coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell said. “It was a total team effort from start to finish but I was really happy to see Erin and Gabby [Antonelli] have standout performances.”
In addition to two goals, McCabe led all Explorers (1-0) with four draw controls and scooped up two ground balls.
Allee Ilgenfritz recorded a hat trick with three goals and picked up a ground ball, and Claire Andrews added two goals. Caitlyn Brostrand (Camden Catholic) and Alanna Diffendal recorded a goal and assist each, and rookie Brittany Edwards (Great Valley) drained her first career goal and controlled two draws.
Gabby Antonelli picked up where she left off last season, recording 15 saves in the win.
UMBC’s Abby Wilson drained three goals and Carolyn Jamison added two. Four other players added one goal each for the Retrievers (0-2) who dropped their second straight overtime game of the season.
McCabe bookended the game by scoring the first and final goals. Her first came just under two minutes into the game to put the Explorers up 1-0 early. UMBC’s Alyssa Semones responded just over two minutes later.
Diffendal and Ilgenfritz drained the next two to give the Explorers a 3-1 lead but UMBC responded with back-to-back goals.
Andrews drained both of her goals in a three-minute span to put the Explorers back up by two. After a Retriever goal at 6:39, Ilgenfritz closed out the first half with two more scores to give the Explorers a 7-4 halftime lead.
The Retrievers came out firing in the second half, rattling off four straight over the first 11:19 to go up 8-7. Brostrand stopped the rally with a woman-up goal at 17:16 to knot the game at 8-8. UMBC took one more lead on an Abby Wilson goal just 20 seconds later.
The Explorers responded when Edwards took a feed from Diffendal and drained the score with 13:46 left. That was the final goal of regulation as neither squad found the back of the net down the stretch to force overtime. The Explorers survived a woman-down situation with under nine minutes to go and again with under three minutes to go in OT.
The Retrievers threatened late but committed a crease violation to give the Explorers the ball back. McCabe drew a free position attempt, which she sank for the game-winning goal with just 20 seconds remaining.
“Erin was so focused in this game, and there was no doubt in my mind that she was winning this game for us,” Taglianetti Bossell added.
The Explorers overcame a 34-18 shot attack by the Retrievers behind Antonelli’s 15 saves. The two UMBC keepers – Kelly Gielner and Kelsey Major – combined for just two saves.
The Retrievers also won the ground ball battle, 24-16, and edged the Explorers 12-11 in draw controls.
The Explorers open their home schedule on Wednesday with a tilt against city rival Temple at McCarthy Stadium. Opening draw is set for 4 p.m.
Tags: La Salle University