Wellesley Clips UNE in Overtime

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Junior Brit Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) scored her fifth goal of the contest with 25 seconds gone in overtime as Wellesley College edged the University of New England, 12-11, in non-conference women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon (Mar. 2) at the Big Blue Turf.

The game was the season-opener for both Wellesley (1-0) and the Nor'easters (0-1).

Mscisz had a match-high seven points lead -- six of which came after halftime. Sophomore Claire Canty (East Rockaway, N.Y.) had five goals of her own, and assisted Mscisz on the what would prove to be the game-winner.

For UNE, junior Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) tallied four goals, while sophomores Gina Newsome (Danbury, Conn.) and Nikki Smith (Shapleigh, Maine) added three each. Both Tavella and Newsome ended with five points.

After Canty opened the scoring a little over seven minutes in with back-to-back goals, two from Tavella knotted things up (2-2). Wellesley went ahead at the 16:49 mark, but Smith evened the contest with 9:40 left in the period.

The Nor'easters then closed the first half with a trio of free-position goals -- two from Newsome, and one for Tavella. UNE held a 6-3 cushion at the break, leading 15-9 in shots.

Wellesley rallied to begin the second frame, coming out with four unanswered markers in the initial 11:18 to regain the advantage (7-6). Mscisz netted the middle two in the run.

Smith and Canty exchanged goals before three of the next four went for the hosts. Newsome from Tavella made it 10-9 in favor of UNE with 8:04 to go.

Mscisz brought things back to level just 34 seconds later, and then set-up Canty after another minute (6:30) of action to put the visitors on top, 10-9.

Wellesley slowed the pace down but could not quite maintain possession of the ball, and Smith drew iron for a second time on the day with three and change left in an attempt to tie. The visitors worked some more time off the clock, but another turnover inside the final minute of regulation opened the door for UNE.

With 0:26 left on the scoreboard, Tavella finished a pass from Newsome to force overtime.

Wellesey junior goalie Tori Hysko (Reisterstown, Md.) made two stops in the extra session to keep the lead following Mscisz's early tally. For the game, Hysko posted 13 saves. Senior Meredith Roy (Merrimack, N.H.) contributed to the winning effort with a pair of assists and six draw controls.

First-year Courtney Kendall (Waltham, Mass.) turned away six shots in net for the Nor'easters, who received a combined seven caused turnovers from junior Johanna Currier (Holderness, N.H.) and senior Nicolle Steel (Ocean City, N.J.).

Both squads are back at it for mid-week matches, as Wellesley hosts Endicott College on Wednesday and UNE heads to the University of Southern Maine on Thursday (3:30 p.m.).


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