SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A combined 41 goals and 66 minutes of play ultimately resulted in a 21-20 overtime win for the Susquehanna women's lacrosse team as the Crusaders took down McDaniel on Wednesday night.
The game marked the final home contest of the regular season for SU (9-4) which has now scored 41 goals over its past two games, both wins.
Senior Michelle McGinniss (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) scored the ultimate game winner as she netted a goal with 1:30 left to play in the first overtime and the Susquehanna defense kept the Green Terror (8-5) off the scoreboard for the remaining 90 seconds to preserve the win.
McGinniss finished with six goals and three assists for a nine-point night. Emma Ehler (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) added four goals while Brynn Reid (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove) had one goal and a team-high four assists.
Goalie Alyssa Rothman (Trooper, Pa./Methacton) played all 66 minutes and finished with 14 saves.
The stats were nearly even between the two teams with SU out-shooting the Green Terror 41-39 and holding a 23-21 edge in draw controls, 15 of which were won by McGinniss.
Neither team held more than a four-goal advantage at any point during the game. McDaniel went up 7-5 with 15:48 still to play in the opening half before back-to-back goals from Emma Ehler and Kelcie Ehler (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tied it at seven.
The Green Terror proceeded to take an 11-8 lead with 3:28 remaining and went into halftime holding a 12-10 edge.
McDaniel scored the first two goals of the second half, both within the first two minutes, to lead by four (14-11). However, SU netted three unanswered goals – two of which came from McGinniss – to make it a tie game at 14-14 with more than 20 minutes still to play.
It was a back-and-forth battle from that point on and neither team led by more than a goal for the remainder of the game. McDaniel's Julia Jones briefly gave her team a 19-18 lead with 31 seconds left in regulation but McGinniss found Emma Jones (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) in front of the McDaniel net with a mere nine seconds on the clock and Jones proceeded to score the equalizer to force overtime.
Becky McHugh (Royersford, Pa./Archbishop John Carroll) struck with 2:18 to play in overtime but Bridget Bopst responded with 1:49 on the clock to again tie the game, this time at 20. Just 19 seconds later, though, McGinniss connected on a free-position shot to make it 21-20 which remained the final score.
The Crusaders conclude the regular season on Saturday, April 26 with a 12 p.m. game at Landmark Conference opponent Goucher.