Presidents Suffer One-Goal Loss to Wittenberg

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Maggie Amorello scored a goal and assisted on another in overtime to help Wittenberg defeat Washington & Jefferson 11-10 in overtime Saturday in women's lacrosse action at Alexandre Stadium.

The Presidents (7-1) lost for the first time in the regular season in almost exactly a year, snapping a streak of 17 consecutive victories. Ohio Wesleyan, like Wittenberg a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference, defeated W&J last in the regular season by a 7-6 margin (Apr. 3, 2010).

The Tigers (5-2) scored the first four goals of the match and led 5-1 before the Presidents trimmed the lead to 5-2 at halftime after sophomore midfielder Brittany Fradkin's (Owings Mills, Md./St. Paul's SFG) goal 55 seconds before the first half ended.

W&J dominated the first 15 minutes of the second half, scoring four of the first five goals to tie the game 6-6 at the 15:20 mark. Junior attacker Lauren Novak (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) scored twice during the rally.

Amorello answered with back-to-back goals 51 seconds apart to give the Tigers a two-goal advantage, but W&J responded with three goals to claim its first lead (9-8) with 4:09 remaining. Junior midfielder Brittney Oake (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) scored twice during the late run, including to go-ahead goal.

Erin Guiliano sent the game to overtime with a goal 59 seconds after Oake's tally. Amorello set up Jenn Close with the only goal of the first three minutes of overtime. After the team's switched sides Amorello scored at the 1:37 mark. Oake answered for the Presidents 26 seconds later and her last second shot attempt was stopped by goalie Jenny Schaafsma to secure the Tiger triumph.

Schaafsma finished with seven saves, while Amorello totaled three goals and one assist. Kellen Morrissey also totaled four points (1 goal, 3 assists) as six different Tigers netted at least one goal. Wittenberg held a 26-22 advantage in shots and a 26-19 edge in ground balls. WU also used a slight 13-12 edge in draw controls.

Novak paced the Presidents with four goals, while Oake netted three scores. Sophomore goalie Julia McLellan (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) stopped eight shots, including five in the first half. W&J scored on 4 of 5 free-position attempts.

Washington & Jefferson looks to get back into the win column on Wednesday evening when hosting Allegheny at 7:00 pm.


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