SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team found themselves in a three-goal deficit at the half, but battled back throughout the second stanza to top Colorado Mesa University in overtime by a score of 12-11. The win advances the Lions' record to 5-5 on the season, while the Mavericks drop to a mark of 1-5.
Joanna Chadwick led the team in points with five, tallying a hat trick and two assists. Christina Minneci and Alix Murray scored three goals apiece, as well, and both added on an assist for four points on the afternoon. Paige Leggio netted two goals of her own, with Callie Porcher rounding out the goal count with one. Both Stephanie Marran and Cassie Miller dished out an assist each.
Minneci had a big game, adding two ground balls, a draw control, and three caused turnovers to her stat line as she dominated play on both attack and defense. Freshman defender Jessica Torrent had a solid day on defense, as well, picking up four ground balls and causing three turnovers. Marran led the game off of the draw, winning six, while freshman Allie Sheftall won four.
In goal for Saint Leo, Brittany Millsap collected 12 saves, while her opponent, Lauren Wells, set aside 13.
The Mavericks were led by Kelly Cronin with three goals. Allie Henderson led the team in overall points, notching a goal and three assists for a four point performance.
Colorado Mesa was first on the board with a goal at the 27:49 mark, but the Lions bit back 20 seconds later to get the momentum shifting in their favor. Two more goals from Saint Leo put the Lions ahead 3-1 with 23:30 to go in the first half, but the Mavericks answered back to knot the game at 3-3 with 21:42 on the clock.
Both teams traded blows to set the score at 4-4, but a goal from Chadwick at the 14:38 mark gave Saint Leo a slim 5-4 lead. Despite the Saint Leo lead, the Mavericks rallied, ripping four straight shots between the pipes to pull out an 8-5 advantage at the half.
Leggio kicked off the second period, pulling the Lions to within two, but Colorado Mesa answered back less than a minute later to pull back out by three. Chadwick netted her second of the night at the 25:00 mark, followed almost eight minutes later by a goal from Murray to whittle the deficit to one goal with 17:19 to go.
Kendall Tillman notched the Maverick's tenth goal with 13:51 on the clock, but two straight goals from Minneci knotted the score at 10-10 with 5:26 left. The Mavericks pulled ahead by one thanks to a goal from Henderson at the 3:49 mark, but Minneci pulled through with a goal at the 1:32 mark to tie the game at 11-11 and send things into extra minutes.
The Lions saw two saves from Millsap in overtime to keep Colorado Mesa off of the scoreboard, and a goal from Chadwick with 1:51 left gave Saint Leo the edge at the end of the first six-minute overtime period.
Saint Leo led the shot count 29-28, and won more ground balls 29-27. The Lions took charge off of the draw, winning 17-of-27, and led the count in shots-on-goal 25-23.
The Lions return to action on Thursday, March 21, when they take on Shippensburg at University Turf Stadium. Game time against the Raiders is slated for 7 p.m. Fans who cannot make it to the game will be able to catch all of the action live on the Saint Leo Sports Network at saintleolions.com. For the latest news, updates, and information, fans can 'Like' the Lions on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.