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Wagner Clips Liberty Lacrosse in OT
Wagner scored one goal in the six-minute overtime frame, Saturday, en route to the 12-11 come-from-behind victory over Liberty in women's lacrosse action at Wagner Stadium. The homestanding Seahawks forced overtime by scoring a pair of goals in the final 1:15, including one on a man-up advantage.
Liberty falls to 1-4 on the season, while Wagner levels its record at 3-3.
Liberty goalkeeper Kristen Masullo posted 13 saves, to also hold a 1-4 mark, while Wagner split halves between Shannon Sweeney and Morgan Roach. Roach tallied nine saves in the second half and overtime to record the win and improve to 1-3.
Morgan Becker and Kristin Crowley paced the Lady Flames with three goals apiece, while Nina Dunay and Amber Nichols each tallied two scores. Sam Struss also added one score for Liberty. Three goals came with assists, including two from Becker and one from Cammille Little.
The Seahawks' scoring charge was led by Sam Morin, with three goals, including the eventual game winner. Melanie Garces, Jessica Mills, Erika Bulken and Carolyn Clark each scored twice. Denieda McCullough added one tally for the victors.
Liberty and Wagner exchanged the first six goals of the afternoon, as they faced a three-all tie with 8:02 left in the first half. Dunay scored the game's opening goal at 28:10, while Nichols posted her two goals on the afternoon in a stretch of 90 seconds.
Wagner claimed its first lead, 4-3, after its second consecutive score on a free position shot at the 4:03 mark.
Liberty answered back to close the half, scoring two goals in the final 1:09. Struss capitalized on a free position attempt, and Becker added the final marker of the half with 30 seconds remaining. Becker's score came after the attacker pressured Wagner goalkeeper Sweeney, causing a turnover and capitalizing on the opportunity.
Despite being outshot, 17-8, and committing eight more fouls than Wagner (22-14) in the first half, Liberty took the 5-4 advantage into the second half of action.
Crowley notched her first goal of the afternoon less than a minute after the break on a Becker assist, stretching Liberty's lead to two, 6-4.
Wagner knotted the contest again at six with back-to-back goals, capped by Clark, the two-time reigning NEC Player of the Week.
The two teams alternated goals once again, leading to an 8-8 tie with 10:36 left in regulation. Wagner then claimed its second lead of the game, 9-8, on a Garces goal.
Liberty bounced back with three straight goals from Dunay, Becker and Crowley to claim a two-goal lead for the second time in the contest with just 3:30 remaining on the clock.
However, Wagner answered with two goals, as the tying marker came on a man-up opportunity with 22 seconds, leading to overtime.
In overtime, Morin gave the Seahawks their third advantage of the afternoon, with just 15 seconds left in the first 3:00 extra session.
Liberty appeared to tie the game with under a minute to play in the final 3:00 stanza, but the Candice Parsons goal was waived off due to an offside infraction. The Seahawks managed to run out the remaining time on the clock to hold on for the win.
Liberty held a 25-18 advantage in ground balls on the afternoon, including a game-high of five from Jen Freymond. Freymond also notched a game-high in caused turnovers, with five.
Wagner outperformed the Lady Flames on draw controls, 16-10, collecting 10 in the second half alone. Becker posted the game high, with eight on the afternoon. The Seahawks also had more free position shots, as they converted on 3-of-10 to Liberty's 2-of-6. Liberty cleared 14-of-18 attempts, while Wagner was 11-for-18 when clearing the zone.
Liberty returns home for a midweek contest against George Mason. The Wednesday game is slated for a 3 p.m. start at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.