SAINT LEO, Fla. – Junior Molly Beck scored a free-position goal for the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team with 23 seconds left in regulation time, lifting the Hawks to a thrilling 18-17 victory over Georgian Court University on Monday.
Playing on the campus of Saint Leo University, Saint Anselm improves to 1-2 on the young season while Georgian Court falls to 1-3 with the loss. The Hawks head to Bloomsburg this Friday, Mar. 9 for a 2 p.m. non-league game with the Huskies.
Beck finished with a game-high six goals on nine shots, picking up three ground balls in the back-and-forth game with the Huskies. Senior Meaghan Sheehy fired home five goals and handed out three assists, leading the team in point scoring. Senior Marta Versprille cashed in with three goals.
Senior Erica Mattila reeled in a team-leading 11 draw controls for Saint Anselm – the Hawks picked up 22 of the game's 37 draws as classmate Emma Palumbo and Versprille posted four and three draw controls, respectively. Palumbo, Mattila, Beck and goaltender Zoie Cavotta tied for the team lead with three ground balls.
Trailing by a 17-16 score with 3:42 to go, the Hawks won the ensuing draw control and worked the ball over to Palumbo, who tied the game at 17 just over one minute after Georgian Court's go-ahead marker. With just over one minute left in the second half, Beck picked up a ground ball and went on to convert a free-position attempt with 23 seconds left in the game.
Palumbo won the game's biggest drew control shortly thereafter and Saint Anselm was able to hold on for the one-goal victory down in Florida.
Versprille scored the game's first goal only 1:01 into the contest, but Georgian Court scored six of the game's next seven goals to put the Hawks in a 6-2 hole with 17:10 left in the first half. Sheehy and Beck slowed the Lions progress with free-position goals and the Hawks went on to score the final five goals of the first stanza, building a 9-7 lead at the break.
Georgian Court came out of halftime with seven of the second half's first nine goals to create a 14-11 lead with 19:49 left. Down by three goals later in the game, Beck and Sheehy combined for three-straight goals to knot the score at 15 with 12:22 to go in the contest.
The Lions and Hawks traded goals before Nicole Barbella created the slim 17-16 lead for Georgian Court with 3:42 left in the tilt.
Cavotta picked up the victory for Saint Anselm, turning aside 10 of the 27 shots on net that she faced. Amber Neumann was saddled with the loss for Georgian Court despite halting 20 shots in the contest.