Women's Lacrosse Drops Overtime Heartbreaker, 9-8
March 6, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team (1-2, 0-0 A-10) fell to Harvard (1-0) in overtime on its home turf this afternoon, 9-8. The Minutewomen took a 7-2 lead into halftime but could only come up with one more tally in the second half, as Harvard scored six and then won the game in the extra frame.
Massachusetts jumped out to an early lead as senior midfielder Tracey Drown (Nashua, N.H.) scored the first of the game just 33 seconds into the match. Junior midfielder Maura McGarrity (Chester Springs, Pa.) made it a 2-0 UMass edge just 1:24 later. Sophomore attacher Lindsay Cassell (Weston, Mass.) then hit the back of the net twice, to make it a 4-0 Massachusetts lead. Catherine Sproul then put Harvard on the board with a tally at the 18:11 mark. Freshman midfielder Brianna Bubeck (Selkirk, N.Y.) then recorded her first two career goals, with a McGarrity tally in between, to make the score 7-1, Minutewomen. Harvard made it 7-2 going into halftime with a goal by Elaine Belitsos.
The second half saw the Crimson turn things around and go on a 3-0 run before sophomore Kerri Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) ended it with her fifth goal of the season. That was all the scoring Massachusetts would get, as Harvard scored three more including the game-tying goal by Belitsos with 1:03 left to play. Liz Gamble hit the back of the net in overtime to take the win for Harvard.
Redshirt freshman Lauren McCarthy (Derry, N.H.) surrendered 9 goals, while making 18 saves, to go to 1-2 on the season. Her counterpart, freshman Kathryn Tylander, made 14 saves while giving up eight goals for the Crimson.
The Minutewomen return to action on Tuesday, March 9, as they travel to Hofstra for a 4:00 p.m. match.