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Stacom's free-position goal lifts Saints past River Hawks in Overtime

Stacom's free-position goal lifts Saints past River Hawks in Overtime

ARLINGTON, Va. – Junior Bridgette Stacom's free-position goal in overtime sealed up the Marymount women's lacrosse team's sixth win of the season on Monday afternoon at Long Bridge Park, topping Susquehanna, 8-7, to tie the best start in program history at 6-1. 

The 6-1 mark was set last season, a year the Saints went on to win the program's first ECAC title. 

The game saw a several impressive performances, including a game-high six-point effort by junior Jessica Crew and a tied career-high 15 saves by junior goalkeeper Holly Reik. Crew sent in five goals including the finish to send the game to overtime and an assist, while Reik split her saves in each half with eight in the first and seven in the second. 

The River Hawks (1-3) took the early lead in the game, registering the opening two goals. However, the Saints found life 10 minutes in when senior Kellen Cannon went unassisted on her lone goal of the game to spark a run. Nine minutes later, senior Abby Wescott found Crew for their first connection, and followed 30 seconds later with another to take a 3-2 lead with 10:27 left in the first half. 

In the closing minutes of the half, Susquehanna capitalized on a free-position attempt to send the game to halftime all knotted up at 3-3. 

On the restart, the Saints took the momentum and ran with it, bolstering another three-goal run in the opening seven minutes of the second half to push their largest lead of the game at 6-3. However, the River Hawks fired back with a run of their own, putting away four-straight to take a one-goal lead with 5:28 remaining in regulation. 

Three minutes later, Crew sent in the equalizer and her game-high fifth goal of the game on a free-position shot to draw the score even at 7-7 with 2:58 remaining. 

In the closing minutes, Reik and the Saints defense locked in, not allowing SU to take a shot on target, as the clock expired and sent the game to overtime.

Marymount won the opening draw to start overtime, finding its way into sophomore Eliana Cassel's stick. But, the ball would head the other way on a turnover by the Saints. 

On the clear attempt by the River Hawks, the Saints put the pressure on, as Cassel stick checked Susquehanna's Mary Vilardi on the clear and scooped up the ball to send it the other way. 

The whistle blew the play dead on the offensive end for the Saints inside the eight-meter, setting up a free-position attempt for Stacom, who slashed in on the attempt to shove a high finish over the keeper for the victory. 

Cassel finished the day with a game-high three caused turnovers and a game-high six ground balls.   

Crew's five-goal performance moves her up to No. 3 in program history for career goals (125), while she moves to No. 8 in career points (150). 

The Saints will head on the road for two games, traveling to Bridgewater (Va.) on Saturday, March 17. First draw is set for 1 p.m.