Augustana Edges Redlands in First Round of NCAAs

During a frenetic final 12 minutes, the Augustana (IL) Vikings overcame a five-goal deficit to stun the Redlands Bulldogs during the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championships at Farquhar Field on Wednesday night. Despite making its first-ever NCAA appearance, Augustana rallied back for an exciting 11-10 victory by firing off seven of the game's final eight goals, highlighted by the game-winner with seven seconds remaining in the game.

Down by a score of 4-9 with 13:08 left in the second stanza, the Vikings won the draw after off-setting fouls and then quickly converted a free-position opportunity when sophomore midfielder Allie Roehrenbeck (Gahanna, OH) uncorked her first score of the game with 11:42 to go.

Two minutes later, a series of turnovers ended in the hands of Viking freshman midfielder Rebecca Pollard (Carmel, IN). The Augustana offense then worked the ball around to set up a scoring pass from Roehrenbeck to freshman attack player Kaylee Nolan (Orland Park, IL).

A goal by Pollard at the 8:32-mark made it 7-9, but Redlands' junior attack player Allie Hoffler (Draper, UT) fought to change the momentum by uncorking her third netter of the game.

Leading by a score of 10-7, the Bulldogs looked to graduate goalkeeper Ana Martinez (Pleasanton, CA) to come up with three straight saves over the next two minutes, keeping the Vikings at bay.

However, Augustana refused to go away, converting three goals over the next five minutes while defensively shutting down the Maroon and Gray. Shortly after a timeout, sophomore attack player Christina Letmanski (Wheaton, IL) found the back of the net with 1:41 remaining to tie it up for the Vikings.

The Bulldogs maintained possession through most of the final ticks of the clock, until a costly turnover provided one last opportunity for Augustana. With seven seconds to go, freshman attack player Emily Handrahan (Hawthorne Woods, IL) fired one into the Bulldog net, stepping up with the eventual game-winner.

Although Redlands' junior midfielder Jacky Craycraft (Trabuco, Canyon, CA) pulled in her seventh draw control on the ensuing play, there simply was not enough time to score, resulting in the 11-10 victory for the Vikings.

Both teams struggled with turnovers throughout the game, as Redlands coughed up 24 and Augustana had 21. However, the Vikings forced 11 of those against the Bulldogs, revealing their effective and persistent style of defense.

Redlands won the draw-control battle with a 16-7 advantage, with Craycraft providing seven and senior midfielder Crystal Painter (Lake George, NY) nabbing four.

Pollard finished Augustana's first NCAA tournament win with a game-high four goals to go along with one assist.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Osier (Naperville, IL) made five stops between the pipes for the Vikings.

Hoffler stepped up with three goals and three assists for the Bulldogs. Junior midfielder KK McCaslin (Portland, OR) also recorded a hat trick, while Craycraft provided three assists and two goals.

Martinez also recorded five saves in the complete-game performance.

Augustana (17-3) now faces top-ranked Trinity College (CT) in the second round of the NCAA Championships, competing on Saturday.

Redlands concludes its season with a solid 15-5 record after making its third consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and winning the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championship for the second year in a row.

2013-05-09



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