Explorers Pull out Win over Saint Joseph's in Overtime

PHILADELPHIA- Seven ties and two extra sessions is all La Salle Lacrosse needed to defeat the Saint Joseph's Hawks on Wednesday afternoon. Winning by a score of 9-8, at McCarthy Stadium gave the Explorers their third consecutive victory in order to maintain their undefeated Atlantic 10 Conference record, which now stands at a program-best 3-0 start.

The Explorers were able to fend off the Hawks in both overtime sessions, helping them improve their season record to 7-4 on the year, which also gets them out to their best overall start in program history.

With under a minute remaining, the Explorers led 8-7 after sophomore Taylor Ruland (Annapolis, MD/ St. Mary's) put La Salle up seven minutes earlier. All game long, St. Joe's seemed to have an answer every time La Salle scored, and that's just how the game continued all the way up until the final 48 seconds. Sophomore Mary Elizabeth Klepper scored for the Hawks, knotting the game at eight a piece to force the game into overtime.

Guiding the Explorers to the late win was freshman Melanie Sarcinello (Newtown Square, PA/ Marple Newtown) when she scored with two minutes remaining in the first overtime session after receiving a pass from A-10 Player of the Week senior Jill Davis (Folsom, PA/ Ridley).

La Salle and St. Joe's exchanged goals seven times after sophomore Julie Mineweaser got the scoring started for the Hawks 10 minutes into the game.

Freshman Lauren McDermott (Lansdale, PA/ North Penn) who is the reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week for the last two weeks, tied the game for the Explorers twice to help them keep pace early on.

Receiving a pass from sophomore Nora McGurkin (Oreland, PA/ William Penn Charter), junior Ashley Rutz (Milton, ONT/ Notre Dame College) put the Explorers up 3-2. St. Joe's was never able to reclaim its lead for the rest of the game.

The second half opened with three free position goals. St. Joe's was able to tie the game at three when Grace Dinn converted on hers. Two minutes later, Davis put the Explorers back in front as she ripped hers past Kaitlin Labarbera. Senior Stefany McKee (Baldwinsville, NY/ Baldwinsville) gave the Explorers their largest lead of the game moments later when she also found the back of the net on her free position shot, giving La Salle the 5-3 advantage.

Assuring that the Explorers did not fall behind again, Rutz added another goal later on, Ruland tallied twice, before Sarcinello came up with the game-winner in overtime.

Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Corliss (Bluebell, PA/Archbishop Carroll) who is nationally ranked in save percentage and goals against average, finished the game with 10 saves. Wednesday's game against the Hawks made it the fourth time this season that she's held a team under 10 goals.

La Salle wraps up its most recent three-game homestand with a 3-0 record, improving itself to 5-1 at McCarthy Stadium this season. The Explorers get a week off before heading to Richmond to take on the Spiders next Friday at 4:00 p.m.

2010-04-01



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