BOSTON, Mass. – Senior attacker Kasey Fries (Bridgewater, Mass.) sent the match into overtime with no time left in regulation and then netted the game-winner with less than two minutes to play to give the Simmons College women's lacrosse team a 14-13 victory over visiting Colby-Sawyer College in the Sharks' season opener this evening at Daly Field in Brighton, Mass. Simmons improves to 1-0 on the season, while the Chargers even their mark at 1-1.
Fries picked up a a rebound with 14 seconds left in the second half and later fired a low shot that found the back of the net as time expired to knot the contest at 13-13 for the Sharks. Colby-Sawyer never possessed the ball in the overtime period with first year Molly Reinhold (Mystic, Conn.) winning the only draw control of the period. Simmons held the ball for all but 20 seconds of the shot clock to set up Fries' game winner on a hard skipped shot that bounced past the goal line for her fifth tally of the night.
Fries added an assist, a ground ball and a pair of caused turnovers on the night for the Sharks.
The teams literally matched each other shot for shot with each team firing 14 shots in the opening half and 17 in the second half, before Simmons' only attempt of the overtime sent it home with the victory.
Junior midfielder Ana Giarrusso (Hingham, Mass.) finished with four points, including three goals for the Sharks and added three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control, while Reinhold found the back of the net twice, grabbed nine draw controls and picked up a ground ball in her collegiate debut. Junior midfielder Mallory Cottam (Hope, R.I.) scored a pair of goals, while classmates Elena Bragg (Belmont, Mass.) and Missie Maiewski (Northampton, Mass.) each cracked the scoring column with a goal apiece. Senior goalie Chyenne Yeager (Indiana, Pa.) stopped 10 shots to earn the win for the home team.
Senior midfielder Nicole Lavigne (Berlin, Mass.) led all scorers with six goals and added seven draw controls, four ground balls and two caused miscues for the Chargers. First year attacker Briana Couture (South Hadley, Mass.) tacked on three goals and fellow rookie Sarah Morin (Pelham, Mass.) fired a pair of goals and picked up three ground balls. Junior midfielder Sierra Schuster (Hopkinton, N.H.) and first year attacker Allison Piracini (Tewskbury, Mass.) also scored a goal for the visitors, while sophomore netminder Kailyn Lapham (Medway, Mass.) turned away nine attempts on net.
Lavigne and Couture combined to score four unanswered goals in the final minutes of the second half to erase a three-goal deficit and give Colby-Sawyer a 13-12 edge. Lavigne ignited the final rush with a goal at the 3:16 mark to pull the Chargers to within 12-10, before Couture's tally, on a feed from junior attacker Brittany Ireland (Amherst, N.H.), gave Colby-Sawyer its second advantage of the night with 34 ticks remaining on the second half clock.
Simmons scored six of the first eight goals to open the first half, including a pair from Fries, for a 6-2 lead with 11:43 left in the first half. The Chargers regrouped and built momentum with three straight goals prior to the intermission to close to within a goal.
Colby-Sawyer continued its offensive prowess with Lavigne netting the first two goals of the second stanza to take a 7-6 edge early in the period. The Sharks put together another 6-2 run, capped by a pair of scores from Giarrusso to take a 12-9 lead at the 6:36 mark of the second half.
Simmons returns to action on Thursday, March 1 when it hosts Salve Regina University at Daly Field for a 7:00 p.m. draw, while the Chargers head to Newton, Mass. on March 3 to take on Mount Ida College at 1:00 p.m.