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Women's Lacrosse Defeats Lafayette 16-13 For Second Win

March 12, 2007

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Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team scored three goals in the final three minutes to defeat Lafayette University 16-13 in a non-conference game from Saint Mary's Stadium on Monday afternoon. Jackie Spencer scored the game-winning goal, and her fourth of the contest, with 3:12 left to play to spark the victory for the Gaels.

After Sonja Kapusta scored for Saint Mary's (2-4) with 5:56 remaining to five the Gaels a 13-12 lead, Lafayette's Sydney Peyser scored for the Leopards to even the score at 13-13 with 4:32 left to play. Spencer scored the game-winning goal at the 3:12 mark. Spencer broke free from a Lafayette defender from the 14-meter line and had a one-on-one with goalkeeper Christine McDougal.

Following the goal by Spencer, Saint Mary's added two more tallies by Maddie Marsh and Alana Burrough to put the game out of reach. Marsh's goal game with 1:32 left as she broke through the Leopard defense for a one-on-one situation and Burrough's goal came with just six seconds left to play.

The game was nip-and-tuck from the beginning, as neither team had more than a two-goal advantage until Burrough's goal with six ticks remaining. Lafayette (0-4) led 2-0 at the start, as Julia Bateman and Maria Drehwing scored goals to open the game, and then led 11-9 early in the second half. SMC led 6-4 and 7-5 in the first half, and didn't lead by two goals until the final 1:32 of the game.

After Lafayette took the 2-0 lead, Saint Mary's answered with goals by Spencer and Jen Utley to even the score at 2-2. After Drehwing scored the second of her three goals, Spencer and Dana Elfvin scored to give the Gaels a 4-3 advantage. Lafayette's Kristin Ruminski evened the score at 4-4, but Burrough and Abbie Colemen netted goals for SMC to give the Gaels a 6-4 lead. After goals by both teams, Lafayette's Maddy Booth and Ruminski scored to even the score at 7-7 at halftime.

Following the break, Ruminski extended the Leopards scoring streak to three goals with her third goal of the game. SMC and Lafayette exchanged four goals, and then Drehwing scored her third goal at the 16:43 mark to give the Leopards an 11-9 lead. SMC answered with three consecutive goals by Burrough, Marsh, and Spencer to take a 12-11 lead at the 13:44 mark, and Ruminski tallied her game high fifth goal at the 12:39 mark to even the score at 12-12.

Spencer led the way for the Gaels with a season-high four goals and added one assist. P.J. Hainley racked up six points in the win as she dished out four assists and scored twice. Alana Burrough had a career-high three goals and Maddie Marsh and Sonja Kapusta had two goals each.

Lafayette's Kristin Ruminski led all players with five goals on 11 shots. Maddie Booth had an eight-point game as she dished out five assists and added three goals. Drehwing collected six total points on three goals and three assists.

Saint Mary's goalkeeper Hilary Gardner earned the win as she recorded 12 saves against 34 shots by the Leopards. McDougal took the loss for Lafayette after posting 11 saves against 36 shots by the Gaels.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Saturday with its final game of a seven-game homestand to open the season. The Gaels will close the homestand with a noon game against the William and Mary Tribe in Saint Mary's Stadium.