Last-Minute Heroics Lift Warriors to Shocker vs. Arcadia

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. With 33 seconds left and down by a goal, Lycoming made a magical comeback, as junior Grace Gargiulo (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) took a charge, then drove the length of the field and fired the game-tying goal.

Just 13 seconds later, freshman Ashley Landis (Watsontown, Pa./Warrior Run) sealed the win with a free-position goal to lift the Warriors to a 12-11 win over Arcadia in Middle Atlantic Conference action at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

Gargiulo led the Warriors (1-2 overall, 1-0 MAC) all game long, scoring eight goals, just one shy of the school record, and adding an assist for nine points, which is tied for ninth-most in school history.

The Knights (1-2 overall, 0-2 MAC) made a late comeback after the Warriors took a 10-8 lead with 12:16 left. With goals from Meghan Fallon and Kreena Patel, the Knights tied it before Stephanie Holguin scored her fourth goal with 3:08 left to take an 11-10 lead.

With 2:41 left, the Knights got the ball on a groundball and held possession for the next two minutes, other than for a shot with a minute left that was saved by junior Kristina Maurer (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Marian Catholic). At the 33 second-mark though, Gargiulo stood strong as an Arcadia forward drove into her, forcing the turnover, before sprinting 70 yards before tying the game at the 23-second mark.

After Landis won the draw control, she sprinted into the eight-yard box where she drew a foul. She converted the opportunity with 10.8 seconds left and the Warriors won the next draw to clinch the win.

Gargiulo led the way in the first half, scoring four goals, including two in a span of 20 seconds with 2:34 left to give the Warriors a 6-4 lead at halftime. Sophomore Brooke Strausser (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser Area) added the other two goals in the half.

In the second half, Gargiulo helped the Warriors take a three-goal lead just 2:30 minutes in. The teams each traded two goals before the halfway point of the period, with Gargiulo and Strausser each denting the twine for the Warriors before Arcadia made its comeback.

Strausser posted three goals for the Warriors and she also led the team with five groundballs. Gargiulo and Landis each added four groundballs and five draw controls and sophomore Lindsay Schilling (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) and freshman Sarah Quigley (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown South) each picked up four groundballs.

Maurer, playing her first collegiate game, made 12 saves in net.

Patel and Fallon each posted three goals for the Knights and Kaitlyn Gamber posted six groundballs to lead the team. Amalie Kreitman made nine saves in net.

The Warriors get back on the field on Monday, March 14 when Roger Williams comes to the Shangraw Athletic Complex for a 4:00 p.m. start.


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