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.@PennWomensLax overcomes O’Donnell, Penn State, 15-14, on Belodeau buzzer-beater

Friday, 11th May 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/11/18
From Press Release

A back and forth game to open the 2018 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament ended with a buzzer-beating overtime goal off the stick of Zoe Belodeau as Penn outlasted Penn State, 15-14, at Stony Brook.

Belodeau’s fifth goal of the game beat the Penn State keeper with 1.8 seconds remaining in the extra session, sending Penn’s sideline into delirium and Penn’s team into the second round.

Mikaila Cheeseman made 13 saves in the game — including two point-blank stops in overtime. Katy Junior (Radnor) had three groundballs and a caused turnover for the Quakers to lead the defense.

Senior Katie O’Donnell (Henderson) registered five goals, but it wasn’t enough for the Nittany Lions. Penn State concludes its season 10-10 overall while Penn improves to 14-4 on the year and advances to the second round on Sunday to face fifth-seed and host Stony Brook at 12 p.m.

Junior Madison Carter added five goals of her own for Penn State while sophomore Maria Auth scored twice.

Trailing 14-13 in the final minute of the second half, Penn State caused a turnover and O’Donnell ripped home a free-position shot with just 22.6 seconds remaining to force overtime. The first extra session wasn’t enough to crown a winner as strong defense and goaltending on both sides forced a second overtime.

Penn State opened the scoring with back-to-back goals in just 39 seconds to grab the 2-0 lead at the 25:52 mark of the first half as both O’Donnell and Carter found the back of the net early.

The teams then traded goals with senior Shelby Wells and Auth registered the Nittany Lion goals at 22:27 and 17:21, respectively, to secure the 4-3 lead.

However, the Quakers used a 7-1 run over the next 14 minutes to grab the 9-5 lead after a Elyse Decker goal at the 3:22 mark. Decker and Caroline Cummings scored twice for Penn during that stretch with the lone PSU goal coming from Carter at the 6:43 mark.

Penn State grabbed some momentum heading into the intermission as O’Donnell scored twice in a 1:38 span with a Zoe Belodeau goal mixed in for the 10-7 halftime deficit.

Erin Barry opened the second half scoring for Penn, but the Nittany Lions scored back-to-back goals as Carter and Auth found the back of the net to cut the deficit to two. After a Zoe Belodeau goal stretched the lead back to 12-9 for the Quakers at the 19:33 mark, the Nittany Lions scored three-straight to tie the contest as Carter found the back of the net at the 17:58 and 9:36 mark with a goal from junior Kelly Daggett (Bainbridge, Pa.) at the 12:13 mark sandwiched between for the 12-12 score.


· O’Donnell became just the fourth Nittany Lion in program history to eclipse the 200-goal mark for her career as her time in Happy Valley comes to a close after scoring 203 goals and registering 227 points.

· Penn State falls to 10-7 overall against Penn and just 1-5 in the last six meetings.

· The Nittany Lions held the 43-28 edge in shots and the 21-14 advantage in ground balls while Penn held the 18-14 margin in draw controls.

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