SAINT LEO, Fla. – Pfeiffer University's Chalane Morrison scored a minute-and-thirty-five seconds into sudden death double overtime, sending the visiting Falcons past Saint Leo women's lacrosse, 12-11, Friday afternoon at the University Turf Stadium.
The Lions held a 9-6 lead over the Falcons with as little as seven minutes remaining in the game, and looked to have the game in hand with the help of some inspired goaltending from reserve Kaylynn Kearns.
Saint Leo (2-2) rattled off five straight goals to build its lead, with the scoring being distributed among five different.
The Lions' Kelsey Burns and Abbie Ross scored in the span of two minutes early in the second half, knotting the game at 6-6 with 22:09 left in the frame. The score remained deadlocked for the next five minutes, when Emily Pittenger put Saint Leo in front with a goal off an assist by Caroline Fraser. Alix Murray doubled Saint Leo's advantage to two goals, 8-6, with a score at the 15:23 mark with an assist from Joanna Chadwick.
Allie Sheftall extended the Saint Leo lead to 9-6 with an unassisted tally with 6:38 to play, and the Lions looked like they had control of the Falcons.
However Pfeiffer (3-2) scored three times over the final three minutes of play to force overtime. Whitney Jaffe and Chalane Morrison notched to the first two Pfeiffer goals of the comeback, and Kristi Korn scored with eight seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 9-9.
Saint Leo senior Christina Minneci and Burns each scored for the Lions in the overtime period, sandwiched around a goal by Pfeiffer's Anna Rulapaugh. The Lions again held a one-goal lead heading into the final minute, but Rulapaugh scored with 18 seconds showing to tie things up at 11-11.
That set the stage for Morrison's game winner in the sudden death OT period, allowing Pfeiffer to escape with the 12-11 win.
Pfeiffer held a 5-3 lead at the intermission after a three-goal surge by the Falcons in the latter stages of the opening frame.
With the score tied 2-2 and under a minute remaining in the first half, Pfeiffer scored three goals in the span of two-and-a-half minutes. Jacqueline Kennedy notched her second of the game with 4:42 remaining, and Korn and Gracie Herbert and quickly added goals of the own to give the Falcons a 5-2 lead.
Saint Leo cut the deficit to two goals in the final minute when Minneci netted her first of the game with 44 seconds showing on the clock.
Ross tallied three goals for the Lions while Minneci and Burns had two each. Sheftall, Chadwick, Murray and Pittenger each tallied one goal in the game, with Chadwick and Murray also getting credited with assists.
Both Morrison and Rulapaugh recorded hat tricks for Pfeiffer, while Korn and Kennedy each had two goals.
Saint Leo outshot Pfeiffer 32-28 during the game, with Lion starting goalie Brittany Millsap charting five saves over the first 30 minutes of play. Kearns entered the game at the half, and recorded nine saves over her 37 minutes of play.
Saint Leo returns to action on Monday, March 9, when it hosts Bloomsburg University at the University Turf Stadium. Start time for the game is 7:00 p.m.
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