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Women’s lacrosse: @CabriniCavs outlast Swarthmore, 16-15, in OT

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/23/16
From Press Release

Junior Allie Vallen (Maple Shade, NJ) scored the most important of her 13 goals on the season in the 64th minute of Tuesday’s game, as the junior’s second tally of the night game gave Cabrini a thrilling 16-15 overtime win over Swarthmore College at Edith Robb Dixon Field.

The Blue and White’s fourth consecutive victory improved the team to 4-2, while the Garnet fell to 3-3 on the season.

Sophomore Sasha Wozniak (Spring-Ford) led the Cavaliers with seven points on five goals and two assists and two caused turnovers. Vallen paired two goals, two assist and two ground balls. Junior Jess Breuning (St. Hubert) matched Vallen’s four points, posting her second hat trick and seven draw controls.

Junior Jenn Robinson (St. Hubert) and sophomore Jackie Neary (Kingsway, NJ) added two goals each, with Robinson securing four ground balls and Neary controlling two draws. Senior Mo O’Connell (Haverford High) tallied a career high five draw controls.

Junior goaltender Megan Barlow (Academy Park) notched a season high 12 saves and scooped a career high 10 ground balls.

Senior Lizzie Kolln led the Garnet, pairing four goals and four assists, while sophomore Kathryn Restrepo (Strath Haven) added four goals. Connie Bowen suffered the loss despite recording 15 saves and seven ground balls.

Wozniak gave Cabrini an early lead, opening the scoring just 3:30 into the action. The Garnet posted back to back goals to take a 2-1 lead. The Cavaliers notched two goals of their own, as Robinson and Neary scored to put the Blue and White ahead 3-2. Swarthmore evened the score 12 seconds later before Cabrini seemingly took control of the action.

The Blue and White scored five consecutive goals to build an 8-3 lead with 11:24 left in the opening half. Wozniak and Breuning marked the goal column twice during the nine minute spurt, while sophomore Gabby Lee (Academy Park) notched a goal.

The Garnet scored the final three goals of the stanza, cutting into Cabrini’s five goal cushion, as a goal in the final minute pulled Swarthmore to within 9-7 at the break.

Both teams exchanged goals throughout the first half of the second half. Sophomore Emily Crouse (Allentown Central Catholic), Robinson, Vallen, Wozniak and Breuning scored goals to help Cabrini maintain its four goal lead.

Swarthmore, however, would not go away. The Garnet’s pressure paid off late in regulation, as the Garnet scored five goals in the final 14:16 of regulation. Three consecutive Swarthmore goals pulled the club within 14-13, but a Neary goal pushed the lead back to two.

The Garnet found the back of the net at the 7:41 mark and tied the score at 15 with just north of three minutes left in regulation.

Both teams created solid scoring chances in the final minutes, including both teams coming up short on free position attempts. Barlow and Swarthmore’s senior goaltender Bowen made huge saves in the final 21 seconds to preserve the 15-15 tie.

Wozniak recorded the first shot in overtime, as Bowen saved the shot 30 second into the extra frame. Swarthmore controlled the ball midway through the overtime, with Barlow posting a save on the Garnet’s only overtime shot.

After clearing the ball, a Swarthmore foul allowed Neary to find Vallen who drove the right side of the offensive zone, turned the corner and cut in front of a defender before beating Bowen for the game winner.

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