YORK, Pa. – The No. 13 York College women's lacrosse team needed double overtime in its opening game of the 2015 season to capture a 5-4 victory over visiting Lebanon Valley College on Wednesday afternoon at Kinsley Field.
The Spartans (1-0) capitalized on a costly turnover by Lebanon Valley (0-1) and Allison Kolacy (Rockaway, N.J. / Morris Knolls) tallied the game-winner with one second left in the first half of the second overtime period. Kolacy maneuvered up the right side of the crease and received a beautiful feed on the right post from Kelly Curran (North Massapequa, N.Y. / Plainedge) and the junior buried her shot in the back of the net.
York fell into a 2-0 hole as Lebanon Valley (0-1) received two goals from Tori Kuntz and Emma Jones 1:15 apart from each other early in the first half.
The Spartans regrouped and answered back with three straight goals.
Senior captain Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md. / Annapolis Area Christian) tallied York's first goal of 2015 on a free position shot with 17:00 left in the first half.
Brittany Noell (Silver Spring, Md. / Our Lady Of Good Counsel) tied the game with 12:12 remaining in the half after she received a helper from Kolacy. The Spartans then took the lead 2:15 later on a goal by Rachel Saks (Baltimore, Md. / Catonsville) as Gina Bieneman (Baltimore, Md. / Institute of Notre Dame) dished out the assist.
Lily Damalouji (Prince Frederick, Md. / Calvert) gave York some breathing room with her first collegiate goal as she put her team up 4-2 with 22:39 left in regulation.
With plenty of time still left on the clock, the Dutchmen did not go away quietly. LVC's Anna Pagels scored two free-positions goals, with the second coming with 6:33 left in regulation.
In the remaining regulation time, York only managed to record two shots, one of which hit the post and the other a save, but the performance by freshman goalie Charlotte Wright (Massapequa Park, N.Y. / Massapequa) in those final minutes kept York's hopes alive as she turned away two free-position shots by the Dutchmen, including one with nine seconds left on the clock.
With the midway point of the second overtime period quickly approaching, Damalouji forced a critical turnover on a Dutchmen clear attempt that gave the Spartans possession. Seconds later, Curran and Kolacy sliced through the LVC defense and clinched the victory for York.
Wright put together a veteran-like performance in her collegiate debut. The freshman turned away 10 of the 16 total shots she faced, including several free-position and close-range shots.
The Spartans return the field next Wednesday when they travel to non-conference neighbor Franklin & Marshall for a 4:00 p.m. contest.
Photo courtesy of Lauren Kronthal