Sarcona Gives No. 17 Women's Lacrosse 12-11 Win At No. 13 Albany
March 21, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. - Nina Sarcona scored the game-winning goal midway through overtime giving the No. 17 UMass women's lacrosse team a 12-11 win at No. 13 Albany on Wednesday afternoon. Katie Ferris scored a game-high six points on three goals and three assists including the helper on Sarcona's game-winner. UMass closes out its non-conference schedule on Saturday against Siena (1 PM).
UMass improves to 8-1 on the season picking up its first win over a ranked opponent this season. Albany falls to 6-2 on the year.
The Great Danes won the opening draw control of the overtime period, but UMass forced a turnover which lead to Sarcona's goal at the 3:16 mark of the extra frame.
Jesse O'Donnell (3 goals) won the ensuing draw control and the Minutewomen were able to run the clock down to 35 seconds before Albany caused UMass to turn the ball over. After gaining the ground ball, the Great Danes called timeout and were then able to successfully clear the ball into their offensive zone. UMass was able to force a turnover with 18 seconds left allowing the Minutewomen to run out the clock for the win.
The nip-and-tuck game featured six ties and five lead changes. UMass trailed by as many as three goals twice in the first half, but were able to score a goal just before halftime and two to start the second half to pull back even.
The Minutewomen regained the lead with 5:15 to go in the second half on an O'Donnell goal, but Mel Rorie (3 goals) tied the game nearly two minutes later to force overtime.
UMass had possession of the ball for the final 3:27 of regulation, but a pair of shots in the final 25 seconds were wide and Dayna Defliese's shot just as time was set to expire was saved by Anna Berman (6 saves).
Katie Florence earned the win in goal making seven saves.
Nichole Eamer led Albany with a pair of goals and three assists. Jess Antelmi also scored three goals to lead the Great Danes, while Rachael Burek had a game-high seven draw controls.
The Minutewomen took a 3-1 lead in the first seven minutes of play. Albany responded with five straight goals to go up 6-3 with 10:05 left before intermission.
After Defliese scored her first goal of the game to cut the lead back to two, Rorie extended Albany's lead back to three, 8-5, with 3:39 left in the first.
Ferris scored for UMass just over a minute later to pull the Minutewomen back within two and neither team was able to score again before halftime.
Carelli and Defliese each scored within the first seven minutes of the second half to tie the game 8-8. The teams alternated the next four goals before O'Donnell put UMass back up by one, 11-10 with 5:15 to go.
Albany outshot UMass 26-to-21 thanks in part to a 15-to-9 advantage in the first half. The Minutewomen had the only shot in the overtime period. UMass controlled the draw controls 17-to-10, but had seven more turnovers (12-5) than the Great Danes.