DAVENPORT, Fla. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team was edged 13-12 by Slippery Rock University on a goal by Bre Vodde 1:25 into overtime on Saturday at Northeast Regional Park.
Late in regulation, Meaghan Sheehy put Saint Anselm (2-2) ahead 12-11 with her fifth goal of the game with 18 seconds remaining. However, Slippery Rock (2-0) sent the game to overtime on a Tia Torchia goal with no time remaining and went on to claim the win in overtime. Neither team led by more than two goals in the game, which was Saint Anselm's second overtime affair this season.
Sheehy's five goals paced the Hawks and gave her 15 goals over the last three games. Emma Palumbo, Breda Holland and Rachel Henderson each chipped in two goals for Saint Anselm. Marta Versprille and Zoie Cavotta each snagged four ground balls, while Erica Mattila and Becca Shea each had three. Versprille added three draw controls and three caused turnovers with Palumbo and Mattila each tallying four draw controls.
Vodde's hat trick led seven goal-scorers for Slippery Rock in the game. Ally Culhane, Chynna Chan, Caitlynn Palladino and Torchia each scored a pair of goals, with Torchia forcing a game-high seven turnovers and controlling three draws.
Emily Bitka picked up the win for Slippery Rock with seven saves. Cavotta fell to 2-2 on the season despite making seven stops for the Hawks.
Saint Anselm's only lead of the first half was a 2-1 advantage a little over four minutes in after back-to-back free-position goals from Sheehy and Versprille 33 seconds apart. Slippery Rock responded with three-straight goals, two from Vodde, to take a 4-2 lead, before Sheehy and Palumbo scored in the final 6:19 to even things up at the break.
The second half was a higher-scoring affair with both teams scoring eight times. After the teams traded the first seven goals of the half, Slippery Rock went up two with 16:59 remaining on a Palladino goal for the lone lead of the game that was more than a single goal.
Trailing 10-8, Saint Anselm scored three-straight goals to go ahead for the first time since it was 2-1 with 4:18 remaining. Holland scored the final two goals of the three-goal spurt but Torchia scored with 1:46 to go even it up prior to the late drama.
The Rock outshot the Hawks 26-24 in the game and committed fewer turnovers (25-20) in the game. Saint Anselm held advantages in draw controls (14-12) and ground balls was just 10-of-20 on clears, compared to 11-for-15 for Slippery Rock.
Saint Anselm begins Northeast-10 Conference action at home on Wednesday, March 15 against No. 19 Stonehill at 7 p.m. at Grappone Stadium.