Seahawks Score Four Late Goals to Stun Emerson

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. Sophomore Sarah Livingston (Westford, Mass.) scored her fifth goal of the game with seven seconds remaining in regulation as the Salve Regina University women's lacrosse team rallied from a late three-goal deficit to stun Emerson College, 17-16, in non-conference action Monday evening at Gaudet Field.

Trailing 16-13 with 4:41 to play in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks (1-3) struck for four goals in the final 2:47 of the contest to earn their first win of the season. Livingston's 12th marker of the season off a pass from senior Erika Curtin (Huntington, N.Y.) bought the Seahawks to within two (16-14) at 2:47, and a goal just 12 seconds later from junior Nicole Viola (Scarborough, Maine) cut the deficit to one (16-15) with 2:35 to go.

With less than 90 seconds remaining in the fourth, senior co-captain Anegeina Campbell (Falmouth, Maine) chose a golden time to pot her first goal of the season, converting a pass from senior co-captain Sarah Baker (Summit, N.J.) with 1:14 on the clock to even the score at 16. Following a timeout by Emerson (0-1), the Seahawks controlled the draw and held for one final shot. Salve Regina worked the ball around the perimeter and behind the net to Livingston, who walked out from the left corner and beat Lions freshman goalie Emily Saeger (Center Valley, Pa.) with a shot to give the home team the win.

"This was a total team effort," said Seahawks head coach Jen Eldridge. "We played our game and were patient on offense. We were looking for quality shots and our opportunities all evening. We just wanted to play our game as much as possible. The girls are very excited to get this win, especially in front of our fans. Now, we have to build on it with two conference games coming up."

Livingston also dished out a pair of assists against Emerson, giving her a team-high seven points on the evening, while Viola tallied four times and added one assist. Baker recorded four points (2-2-4) to push her team-leading total to 20, and reigning The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Rookie of the Week Kelly Burke (Georgetown, Mass.) added three goals and an assist, giving her eight goals in her last two games.

For the Lions, junior Maegan Ross (Wrentham, Mass.) who potted 78 goals last season opened her season with a game-high eight goals, while sophomore Amy Gervis (Randolph, Mass.) added three of her own. Junior Laura Miley (Cranston, R.I.) also made a solid season debut for Emerson, notching four points (2-2-4).

The Lions held a 9-7 halftime lead behind four goals from Ross and two from Miley while Burke paced the Seahawks with three. Salve Regina held a 27-16 lead in shots in the first half, but the Lions freshman netminder recorded 11 saves in her collegiate debut to keep her team ahead on the scoreboard.

In the second half, Emerson held a 14-10 lead midway through the second half and 16-13 following Ross' eighth and final tally of the evening with 4:41 to play in regulation. On the evening, Salve Regina outshot the Lions 53-35, held a 15-12 edge in ground balls, and won 21 of 36 draw controls (58.3 pct.). All told, the Seahawks held the lead for just 7:49 minutes in the contest 7:42 in the first half, and the final seven seconds of the game.

Saeger finished the game with 21 saves while sophomore Natalie Balletta (Leominster, Mass.) stopped 12 shots to earn her first collegiate victory for Salve Regina.

The Seahawks return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Nichols for a 7:00 p.m. contest. The Lions host Pine Manor College Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


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