CLERMONT, Fla. – Messiah scored the final two goals of the game to break a 12-all deadlock and defeat McDaniel 14-12 in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Tuesday.
Carly Bejus paced the Falcons (2-4) with four goals and four assists.
After McDaniel notched three goals capped by a Barbeito free-position goal with 4:24 to play, Bajus recorded her final two assists of the night to reclaim the lead for Messiah.
Just 58 seconds after Barbeito's equalizer, Bajus found Casey Daggett for the lead.
With 2:28 to play, Bajus hit Lizzy Kenney, who found the back of the net for the fourth time with an insurance goal.
Jacobs got the Green Terror on the board early, scoring twice in the game's first 5:57. She finished off a feed from Barbeito with 27:24 on the clock before taking a pass from Danielle Entrot (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) nearly three-and-a-half minutes later.
Goals from Keeney and Jenna Stover 29 seconds apart drew Messiah back even with 22:06 on the clock.
Jacobs put McDaniel back in front 48 seconds later before the Falcons reeled off three straight goals to take a 5-3 lead midway through the opening half.
A Carly Bajus free-position goals with 3:30 to play and an Ida Ehrhardt goal tally from Bajus 1:18 later made it a 7-5 game at the break.
Messish extended the advantage to 10-5 on the other side of the break before Michel hit a free-position shot with 18:43 to play.
Bajus and Jacobs traded markers to keep it a four-goal game with 10:50 remaining.
Barbeito found the back of the net for the first time after a three-assist first half to make it an 11-8 game just 30 seconds later.
After Jacobs closed the deficit to 11-9 with 7:54 on the clock, Casey Daggett responded for Messiah to push the lead back to three with 6:23 showing.
Bopst rocketed home a laser shot with 5:17 on the clock before Entrot was awarded the ensuing draw control when the Falcons called for a stick check but were informed by the officials that they did not have any of their three requests remaining.
Entrot trimmed the margin to one, finishing a Maggie Quinn (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) feed from the left side with 4:44 on the clock before the Barbeito equalizer 20 seconds after that.
McDaniel finished with a slim 29-27 advantage in shots while Messiah held the edge in ground balls, 22-20.
Entrot added five draw controls while Lauren McCadden (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) added three draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
The Green Terror returns to action against No. 6 Trinity (Conn.) to wrap up the trip to Clermont, Fla., on Thursday. Game time is 5 p.m.