Western women storm back to win OT thriller over Vassar, 15-13

Devon Edwards leads Western with nine goals

Box Score

DANBURY, CT (Apr. 11) — Trailing by three goals with just over 11 minutes to play in the second half, the Western Connecticut State University women’s lacrosse team scored with five seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, and then scored the only two goals in OT to claim a thrilling come from behind victory over the visitors from Vassar College, 15-13, Wednesday evening at the Westside Athletic Complex.

As she has done repeatedly this season, junior Devon Edwards (Islip, NY) led all scorers with nine goals, to run her season total to 46 goals scored.  Junior Lindsay Gorman (Killingworth, CT) added two goals, followed by junior Nicole Perrone (Brookfield, CT), senior Kaitlyn Arconti (Danbury, CT), senior Jessica Bouwman (New Milford, CT), and sophomore Hyla Costello (Southington, CT) who each scored once.

For Vassar, freshman Dara Davis (Guilford, CT) led with five goals and two assists, followed by freshman Sophia Rosetti (Bethesda, MD) with three goals.  Sophomore Zoe Ripecky (Chicago, IL), sophomore Phoebe Tzannes (Lexington, MA), sophomore Emma Carter (Los Angeles, CA), junior Marissa Reilly (Portsmouth, NH), and freshman Stephanie Stone (Oakland, NJ) each scored single goals.

Western took an early 1-0 lead when Gorman scored after less than two minutes of play.  Vassar answered just over one minute later to tie the score, took a one goal lead a minute later, and added a third goal one minute after that.  Edwards quickly evened the score at 3-3 when she scored back to back goals, 15 seconds apart.  At the 19:45 mark, Bouwman put Western back in front with an unassisted goal, but the remainder of the first-half scoring would belong to Vassar.  The Brewers scored four unanswered goals to take a 7-4 lead at the half.

Western stormed out of the break, scoring three goals in the first five minutes of the second half to tie the score, but Vassar answered with a three-goal run of its own to reclaim the lead at 10-7 midway through the period.  Edwards and Davis then traded goals, keeping the Vassar advantage at three with 11:12 remaining in regulation.  Western’s next two goals were scored by Edwards, narrowing the margin to a single goal, but again Davis gave Vassar a little breathing room and a 12-10 lead with just over four minutes to play.  Peronne’s goal with 2:32 remaining ignited the partisan Western crowd, and when Edwards scored with just over one minute to play, the comeback was nearly complete.  With only 15 seconds remaining on the clock, Reilly scored what appeared to be the game-winner for Vassar, but Costello won the ensuing draw-control for Western, passed the ball quickly to Perrone, who fed Arconti for the goal that would tie the score at 13-13 with only five seconds on the clock, sending the game to overtime.

Vassar controlled the ball in the Western end of the field for nearly two minutes to start overtime, but when Davis was called for a yellow-card, Gorman wasted little time in scoring the go-ahead goal, giving Western its first lead, 14-13, since early in the first half.

In the second overtime period, it was Western’s turn to own time of possession.  Vassar was called for its fifth yellow-card of the day with one minute remaining, and the Colonials successfully ran out the clock until Edwards scored with one second remaining for a final margin of 15-13.

Sophomore goalkeeper Karli Portnoy (Sea Cliff, NY) made 14 saves for the Colonials, to claim the victory, and had an assist on an Edwards goal late in the second half to help the Western comeback.  Freshman keeper Kate Pula (Washington Township, NJ) had five saves for Vassar in a losing effort.

With the win, Western stands at 8-3 on the season, while Vassar falls to 4-6.  The Colonials return to action on Saturday, April 14, when they travel to play Little East Conference rival Southern Maine.  Game time is slated for Noon.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
Vassar (4-6) vs. Western Connecticut (8-3)

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2 OT O2  Tot
Vassar..............  7  6  0  0 - 13
Western Connecticut.  4  9  1  1 - 15

Vassar SCORING: GOALS: Dara Davis 5; Sophia Rosetti 3; Zoe Ripecky 1; Phoebe Tzannes 1; Emma Carter 1; Marissa Reilly 1; Stephanie Stone 1. ASSISTS: Zoe Ripecky 3; Dara Davis 2; Elizabeth Feltch 1.

Western Connecticut SCORING: GOALS: Devon Edwards 9; Lindsay Gorman 2; Nicole Perrone 1; Kaitlyn Arconti 1; Jessica Bouwman 1; Hyla Costello 1. ASSISTS: Kaitlyn Arconti 3; Emily Brooks 3; Nicole Perrone 3; Jessica Bouwman 1; Karli Portnoy 1.

SHOTS - Vassar 29; Western Connecticut 30.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Vassar 27; Western Connecticut 20.

GOALIES - VASSAR: Pula 4-6 (72:00 minutes, 20 shots-5 saves, 15 GA);
WCSUWL: Portnoy 8-3 (72:00, 27-14, 13).