Gordon Nips Mount Saint Vincent in Overtime

West Palm Beach, Fla. Two days after becoming the fourth 100 goal scorer in program history, senior Jesse Mitchell tied the program's single game record with eight goals, but Mount Saint Vincent was edged in overtime by Gordon, 18-17, on Wednesday in the consolation game of the SpringFling Beach Division. Mitchell was one of four goal scorers for the Dolphins, with classmate Erin Woerner (Kings Park, N.Y.) adding six tallies.

Gordon would head to the intermission with a slim two goal advantage on Wednesday after the two teams went back and forth over the opening 30 minutes. Gordon broke a 3-3 tie with three straight goals in a nearly four minute stretch to match the largest lead of the day at the 20:22 mark of the first.

Trailing 6-3, Mitchell and Woerner netted back-to-back goals to bring the Dolphins back to within a single shot, but Gordon again extended its lead to three with two straight from Jordan Alexander. Down 8-5, the Dolphins battled back with three straight goals, with the run capped by a free-position tally from Woerner to knot the score at 8-8 with 13:13 left to play before the half.

Although Mount Saint Vincent would never let the Fighting Scots get more then three goals in front, it would not be able to grab the lead before the break. After the Woerner marker, Gordon tallied twice in the final 7:23 of the half to take a 10-8 lead into halftime.

Coming out of the break, the Mount again got on the board quickly, getting goals from Mitchell and Woerner in the first five minutes of the second period to again tie the score, this time at 10-10.

The Fighting Scots and Dolphins would go back-and-forth again until goals from Woerner and Nicole Flores (Bethpage, N.Y.) inside the final 10 minutes gave the Dolphins their first lead of the day at 14-13 with 5:58 to play in regulation time. The Mount would hold the lead until Krysti Leach knotted the score with just 1:49 left to send the game into overtime.

The first overtime session was a closely contested as the two regulation periods as each team totaled three goals. Woerner closed out the scoring in the first extra session and forced a second overtime period when she tied the score at 17-17 with 1:39 left in the period.

The two teams continued in the second extra period and the Fighting Scots ultimately needed just one shot to secure their first win of the season. Jocie Knaus ended the tilt with 1:26 left in stanza to send Gordon to the 18-17 victory.

Mitchell became just the second player in Mount Saint Vincent history to score eight goals in a game as she joins Cyndi Adams who posted eight in a game against Farmingdale St. on April 23, 2007. Her nine points is just two shy of the single game record. She closed out a strong day with three groundballs and four draw controls.

Woerner added two groundballs and a pair of draw controls to her six markers and she also converted one of the two free-position goals for the Mount. Flores totaled two goals for the Dolphins and a pair of groundballs.

Kristen LeGeyt (Stony Point, N.Y.) finished with four points after scoring a goal and assisting on three others and Lauren Perla (Holbrook, N.Y.) had one assist in the tilt. LeGeyt matched Mitchell with a team-high four draw controls.

Gordon had eight different players score a goal and seven different players record at least two points in the game. Alexander led the charge with five goals, while Leach tallied four times. Leach and Stephanie Fitzgerald led all players with five draw controls.

For the game, The Fighting Scots held the edge in shots 33-28 and in draw controls 25-13. The Dolphins picked up 22 groundballs to 20 for Gordon and turnovers were 23-19 against the Fighting Scots.

Wednesday's loss drops Mount Saint Vincent to 0-2 overall on the season. The Dolphins will return home and begin Skyline Conference play when they head to Mount Saint Mary on Saturday afternoon. The matchup with the Knights is set for 12:00 p.m.

2011-03-16



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