Women's Lacrosse Captures Overtime Win
New England College junior midfielder Jodie Dresser (Keene, N.H.) would score five goals, including the game-tying goal to force overtime, as the Pilgrims would top the Norwich University Cadets 12-10 Wednesday afternoon in Keene.
Norwich would jump out to the early 3-1 lead thanks to two goals by first-year player Chelsea Martin (Barre, Vt.) The Pilgrims would battle back scoring the next two goals tying the game at 3-3 with 10:05 remaining in the opening half. NEC would go on to score the next four goals, including two by Jodie Dresser, to build a 7-4 lead with 2:45 left on the clock. Norwich would continue to battle as the Cadets would answer netting two goals of their own in the final 1:12 of the half to head into halftime down just 7-6.
NEC would score in the opening minute of the second half to go up 8-6 but momentum would quickly change as Norwich would score four straight goals in the next 15 minutes to go up 10-8. The Pilgrims would cut the Cadet lead to 10-9 as Dresser would score her fourth goal of the afternoon with 9:05 remaining in regulation. The two teams would battle scoreless down the stretch but NEC’s Dresser would come up huge converting on a free-position shot with just five seconds remaining on the clock to force overtime.
NEC’s Casey McFarland (Webster, N.H.) would put the Pilgrims ahead just 19 seconds into overtime scoring off a pass from Dresser. NEC’s Emily Tanguay (Manchester, N.H.) would give the Pilgrims some breathing room scoring her seventh goal of the season minutes later as NEC would hold off Norwich late and capture the 12-10 victory.
In addition to Dresser the Pilgrims were led by Brandi Vittum (Woodstock, Vt.) and Casey McFarland who each finished with three goals. Leading the way for Norwich University was Kathleen Hennessy (Essex Junction, Vt.) and Jessica Allmer (Bellport, N.Y.) who each netted three goals.
Splitting time in goal for New England College was Jana Schneider (Elbridge, N.Y.) and Alexandra DiRico (Limerick, Pa.) who each finished the game with six saves. In goal for Norwich University was Kelie Pickel who finished with 17 saves.