Buzzer-Beater in Overtime Lifts the Mount Past CCSU

After Hayley Tomilson (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) trimmed the margin to 3-2 when she scored off her own rebound at 15:38, Central Connecticut State registered back-to-back goals to take a 5-2 lead. McCurry notched her third marker of the day off an assist from Claire Healy at 23:18 before Ashley Perkoski recorded a free-position tally at the 25-minute mark.

The Mountaineers scored two goals in the final three minutes to cut the margin to 5-4 at the break. Semler scored unassisted at 27:40 and Seipp squirted her way through the defense for a tally at 28:46.

Mount St. Mary's continued its success from the end of the first half by scoring the first two tallies of the second half. Morgan Dalton (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) connected with Lindsay Diaz (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) at 31:30 and Seipp posted an 8-meter tally at 33:25 to give the Mount a 6-5 edge.

The Blue Devils responded with a goal nearly three-minutes later when Ryan found the back of the net of pass from McCurry at 36:15. Rufolo regained the lead for the Mountaineers on a free-position goal with 17:59 remaining for a 7-6 margin. It looked like the lead might stand up, but a Mount turnover in the closing seconds of regulation and a Vendel score sent the game to overtime and set up the special end to the game for the trio of seniors.

Brigid McTavish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) made one saves for Mount St. Mary's while Erin Delancey turned away eight shots for Central Connecticut State.

Diaz had five draw controls and Gabe Little (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) tallied two ground balls and two caused turnovers in the winning effort.

It marks the second-straight senior game that the Mount has posted an exciting finish in its final regular season home game. Last year, Nicole Price (White Hall, Md./North Harford) helped Mount St. Mary's rally from a 9-7 deficit by scoring the decisive goal with 21 seconds left to down Sacred Heart on Apr. 23, 2011. Semler notched the assist on the play to send the Mount into the NEC Tournament.

Prior to the game, seniors Conlon, McTavish, Rufolo, Semler and Sarah Jane Leder (Manalapan, N.J./Colts Neck) were honored.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action at LIU Brooklyn on Friday. Game time is 4:00 p.m.

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