Thursday, March 14, 2019

MacLeod Nets Gamewinner In Triple Overtime Thriller

Recap, photo courtesy of Vassar College
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – Senior Fiona MacLeod (Garden City, NY) scored with 45 seconds left in the third overtime to give the Vassar women's lacrosse team a 15-14 victory over Westfield State on Tuesday evening.

The Brewers pick up their first win of the season and move to 1-2, while Westfield falls to 2-2. MacLeod finished with one goal and an assist, while Kelly Pushie (Mahwah, NJ) led Vassar with four goals and an assist. Alessandra Fable (Orlando, FL) tallied three goals and Caeli Porrette (Stony Point, NY), Grace Goodwin-Boyd (Florence, MA) and Ashley Roberts (Bala Cynwyd, PA) each netted two.

After Westfield scored five unanswered to open the game, the Brewers chipped back in from two goals from Goodwin-Boyd at 20:30 and 16:01. The Owls' Marissa Nimeskern notched the unassisted score at 14:56 to make it 6-2. Scores from Pushie and Porrette lessened the lead to 6-4 at 10:37, but Westfield responded off the draw to score 18 seconds later. The Brewers and Owls traded a pair of goals, but Vassar heated up in the final five minutes, closing the half on a 3-0 run to tie the game 8-8.

Westfield cut into the Vassar streak at 25:16 in the second to retake the lead. The Brewers went on another 3-0 run soon after with scores from Pushie, Fable and Melanie Silverman (Southbury, CT) to go up 11-9. At 7:54, Fable netted her third goal to give Vassar the 14-12 advantage. A quick burst from Westfield tied the game 14-14 with 37 seconds remaining to force overtime.

Westfield won the draw in the first overtime and the Owls made the first two shot attempts. Freshman goalkeeper Jackie Molloy (Buffalo Grove, IL) made a clutch save at 1:15 to keep Vassar alive. Goodwin-Boyd made one last shot on goal with four seconds, but the Owls' goalkeeper hung in tough.

The Brewers took the draw in the third, and quick shots from Goodwin-Boyd and Porrette kept the pressure on the Westfield defense. After a failed clear and turnover from Westfield, Adele MacEwen (Beverly, MA) scooped up the groundball at 1:34. The ball found its way to Tessa Waters (Skokie, IL) who picked up MacLeod for the final score.

Roberts led the Brewers with six draw controls, while MacLeod had five. Molloy had a team-high five groundballs, while Porrette had four and Tillie Newcomb (Denver, CO), Pushie and MacEwen each had three. Porrette was a key factor in the Vassar defense as well, causing five turnovers.

Molloy started the entire game in net, making eight saves.

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