Cedar Crest Needs OT to Edge Notre Dame (Md.)

ALLENTOWN, PA - College of Notre Dame scored a season-high 19 goals, but it was not enough as host Cedar Crest needed overtime to earn its first Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) victory of the season, 20-19, over the visitors. The Falcons stand at 4-6 overall and 1-4 in league play, while the Gators dropped to 2-8 and 2-2, respectively.

Notre Dame fell behind early in the first half as the Falcons flew to a 3-1 lead in the opening 13 minutes of the contest. The Gators responded with a 5-0 run over the next two-plus minutes on goals by four different players. Cedar Crest then went on another 3-1 run before Notre Dame got one back to make the score 8-6 in the Gators favor at the halftime intermission.

Gator junior Ashley Demski (Parkville, MD/Loch Raven) extended the lead to 10-6 on an unassisted tally and a free position goal five minutes into the second frame. Cedar Crest was able to stay in the game by rattling off three straight goals to close within 10-9. Falcon Amanda Dombrowski was finally able to get the home squad back to even at 14-14 with two straight scores within 40 seconds of each other with just over eight minutes left in regulation.

Notre Dame went back up by two goals when Demski and junior attack Lauren Terry (Towson, MD/Catholic) recorded back-to-back scores to push the score to 16-14. Cedar Crest once again stringed together three straight goals to take its first lead since early in regulation to make the score 17-16. Gator senior Kristen Clarke (St. Inigoes, MD/Great Mills) forced overtime on a goal assisted by senior teammate Ashleigh Johnson (Centreville, MD/Queen Anne's County) with 1:02 left in regulation.

Cedar Crest opened the overtime period with two scores, but Terry scored her game-high ninth goal of the contest to keep Notre Dame within striking distance, 19-18, with 3:20 left. Tara Fikes scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal with 2:50 left in overtime, unassisted, as the Falcons gave up just one more Gator goal by Clarke with 16 seconds on the clock for the 20-19 win.

In addition to her game-high nine goals, Terry added an assist for a game-high ten points for Notre Dame. Demski and Clarke each finished the contest with four goals while Johnson contributed two goals and an assist for the Gators.

Junior goalie Jess Maier (Beachwood, NJ/Toms River South) made seven saves in her collegiate lacrosse debut for the Gators.

Fikes and Dombroski showed the way for the Falcons with six goals a piece while Devin Ursini made 12 stops in the win.

The Gators came up short on the score sheet despite winning 27 draw controls to the Falcons 15 and forcing 19 Cedar Crest turnovers to 17 of their own.

Notre Dame will play a key CSAC game Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore that is sure to have postseason implications. The Gators, who now stand one position outside a playoff spot in fifth place in the CSAC, will play fourth-place Neumann (4-8 overall, 3-2 CSAC) at Alumnae Field. The opening draw is set for 4:00 p.m.


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