Muhlenberg rallies for OT win

Mules tally twice in final minute to force overtime, down McDaniel

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Amanda McGovern tallied four goals and added two assist, including with 29 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 13-all, to lead Muhlenberg to a 14-13 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women’s lacrosse action on Saturday.

Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) and Chelsea Watkins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) each scored three goals to lead the Green Terror (7-5, 1-4 CC), who fell two games out of the fifth and final playoff spot with four conference games to play.

Trailing 13-10 with four minute to play in regulation, the Mules (7-4, 2-3 CC) tallied the final four goals of the contest to move to within one game of a playoff spot.

After back-to-back tallies from Watkins 3:09 apart gave the visitors a three-goal advantage with 7:29 to play, McGovern drew Muhlenberg with two with 3:32 on the clock.

A Lauren DeCarle unassisted tally with one minute showing made it a one-goal game before McGovern finished a solo run 31 seconds later to force the 6-minute extra session.

Danielle Scarrone finished a pass from McGovern 26 seconds into the period and Allisyn Vachon made two of her 18 saves over the final 5:34 of the session for the win.

Two goals from Brittany Lines (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) gave McDaniel a 2-0 lead just 1:54 into the game before McGovern got the Mules on the board with an unassisted tally at the 4:59 mark.

Goals from Messersmith and Alison Rose (Jessup, Md./Hammond) stretched the lead to 4-1 midway through the period before all three of Danielle Rosen’s goals keyed a five-goal flurry over the final 12:34 of the half to take a 6-4 advantage into the break.

McGovern capped the 6-0 burst 26 seconds into the second half before Lisa Jurd (Columbia, Md./Hammond) and Messersmith made it a one-goal game just 2:10 later.

After Alyssa Bascelli pushed the lead back to two, Anna Beaudry (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) and Stephanie Serbun (Abington, Pa./Abington) evened the game at 8-all with 17:20 to play.

Tallies from Bascelli and Kelsey Elmer reestablished a two-goal edge for the Mules but Walkins sparked a five-goal burst with a free-position goal at the 46:35 mark.

Messersmith added an 8-meter goal a minute later before Brittany Baer (Manchester, Md./Westminster) tallied her 38th goal of the season and the 177th of her collegiate career with 11:53 to play to give her team a one-goal edge and leave the senior one goal shy of tying Sandi Steven’s all-time goal scoring record.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Washington (Md.) on Tuesday. Game time is 4 p.m.

Score by Period                                    1            2            OT            -            F
McDaniel (7-5, 1-4 CC)                                    4            9            0            -            13
Muhlenberg (7-4, 2-3 CC)                        6            7            1            -            14

Paige Messersmith 3, Chelsea Watkins 3, Brittany Lines 2, Brittany Baer, Stephanie Serbun, Lisa Jurd, Anna Beaudry, Alison Rose.
Muhlenberg: Amanda McGovern 4, Danielle Rosen 3, Alyssa Bascelli 2, Danielle Scarrone 2, Angela Napoletano, Lauren DeCarle, Kelsey Elmer.

Sarah Mintz 2, Baer, Steph Nichols.
McGovern 2, Bascelli, Napoletano, Alex Bellini, Christine Van Hise, Jessica Shegoski.

Shots: Mc 34, Mu 32. Ground Balls: Mc 15, Mu 18. Goalies: Mc (Leanne Hollinger – 10 saves, 14 GA), Mu (Allisyn Vachon – 18 saves, 13 GA). Caused Turnovers: Mc 8, Mu 5. Turnovers: Mc 18, Mu 20. Draw Controls: Mc 18, Mu 13. Free Position: Mc 4 of 5, Mu 1 of 4.