Orlando, Fla. – March 18, 2014 – The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team nearly knocked off 9th-ranked Geneseo on Tuesday morning before ultimately dropping a 10-9 decision after a double overtime showdown.
Geneseo improved to 5-0 with the victory, while the Pride’s record dipped to 3-4.
Emily Fowler (Branford, Conn.) led Springfield with three goals and an assist, while Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) also found the back of the cage three times. Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass.) notched nine saves in goal, and Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) picked up six ground balls.
Katey Hart finished with a game high six points on four goals and two helpers, while Caroline Buonocore added four goals for the Knights. Laura Passamonte made just five saves in the win.
After Buonocore scored her fourth-straight with 29:22 remaining in regulation, the Pride found itself down 7-3. Heather Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) netted two-straight free-position goals to kick start a 5-1 Springfield surge. Facing an 8-6 deficit, Gallo netted an unassisted goal with 29 seconds left before Emily Rodgers (Durham, N.H.) scored off a Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.) feed just 12 seconds later to force overtime.
Hart put the Knights up in the first overtime, and Fowler once again provided some late heroics, firing home a Rodgers pass with only 29 seconds remaining.
Geneseo eventually used Hart’s fourth goal of the game to escape with the win.
The Pride will open up New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday when it heads to Emerson for a 1:00 pm meeting.