Palumbo's OT winner caps late comeback for women's lacrosse in first win of 2017

DAVENPORT, Fla.Emma Palumbo scored with 36 seconds remaining in the first half of overtime to give the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team an 11-10 victory over Young Harris College after the Hawks trailed by five goals in the second half on Monday at Northeast Regional Park.

Box Score

Saint Anselm (1-1) trailed Young Harris (4-3) 9-4 with 17:58 remaining in the second half and 10-6 with 11:09 to go before the Hawks rallied for their first win of the young season, as Palumbo was set up by Erica Mattila just nine seconds after Palumbo hit the cross bar in the first of two three-minute halves of the extra session. The game was the first-ever meeting between the programs.

Meaghan Sheehy led Saint Anselm with a career-high six points on four goals and two assists. Palumbo recorded her second-straight hat trick, Rachel Henderson tallied two goals and an assist, while Erica Mattila and Marta Versprille each registered a goal and an assist. Zoie Cavotta picked up her first-career victory with three saves, all in the first half.

Sarah Bialecki paced Young Harris with a goal and three assists, Maddie Everhardt had two goals and one assist and Nicole Kernohan netted a hat trick for the Mountain Lions. Julia Darroch made 18 saves in net to keep Young Harris ahead prior to the late Saint Anselm rally, as the Hawks held a commanding 40-14 lead in shots in the game.

The Mountain Lions took the five-goal lead inside the final 18 minutes by scoring the first four goals of the second half. The Hawks got back-to-back goals from Palumbo and Mattila to get within three, 9-6, before Everhardt put Young Harris back up by four with 11:09 remaining.

Just 43 seconds after Everhardt's goal, Sheehy started the comeback, as she scored three of the final four goals of regulation. After Sheehy's tally, Versprille grabbed her first goal of the season with 7:36 to bring the Hawks within two. Sheehy scored the final two goals of regulation with 6:49 and 4:19 to go to knot the game at 10-10, before having a chance to win it with 31 seconds remaining, but her free-position shot was saved by Darroch to send the game to overtime.

In the first half, Young Harris rattled off the game's first four goals before Sheehy got the Hawks on the board with a free-position shot with 7:59 left in the half. The Mountains later led 5-2 with 6:47 to play in the opening half but goals from Henderson and Palumbo trimmed the deficit to just one at the break.

Saint Anselm grabbed 22 ground balls to nine for Young Harris, led by Mattila's six and three each from Henderson and Becca Shea. The Hawks also committed fewer turnovers (14 to 21) and won 15-of-20 draw controls in the game. Saint Anselm was 11-of-13 on clears, compared to 15-of-25 for Young Harris.

The Hawks are off for a couple days before a 1 p.m. matchup at the University of Tampa on Thursday, March 9.

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