Ziccardi Scores Game-Winning Goal With 31 Seconds Left
GLASSBORO, NJ – Junior attacker Corinne Ziccardi (Baltimore, MD/Loch Raven) scored the game-winning goal with 31 seconds left in the game as visiting Washington College downed host Rowan, 13-12, in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Coach Wackar Stadium in the season opener for the Shorewomen. WC is 1-0 on the year and has won three of its past four openers, while the Profs fall to 1-1.
Washington led 12-10 with 6:05 left in the game following a goal by sophomore attacker Carly Eisenbrandt (Baltimore, MD/Towson). 39 seconds later, Michelle Lubrano finished off a pass from Vicky Sucharski to trim the Shorewomen's lead to 12-11. With 2:24 remaining in the contest, Jamie Blondina tied the game at 12-12 on an unassisted goal. With 33 seconds left, Ziccardi was fouled by a Rowan player and was award a free position shot. Ziccardi scored her third goal of the afternoon as she took advantage of the free position shot by beating Rowan goalie Lindsay Barrie two seconds after she was fouled for the game-winning tally on a man-up situation. Sophomore midfielder Chelsea Spector (Stevensville, MD/Kent Island) won the draw control and Washington ran out the clock to notch the win.
In the first half, Rowan opened the scoring just 53 seconds into the game when Sucharski scored on an unassisted tally to put the Profs ahead 1-0. The Shorewomen tied the game 1:03 later when freshman midfielder/defender Emily Hubley (West Chester, PA/Bayard Rustin) scored her first collegiate goal. Rowan scored the next two goals on tallies by Lubrano and Lauren Callaghan with 27:13 and 24:41 to go in the first half respectively to make it 3-1.
The Shorewomen scored the next four goals in a 3:30 stretch to take the lead at 5-3. Senior attacker Kalli Parrish (Timonium, MD/McDonogh School) cut the Profs' lead to 3-2 just 20 ticks after Callaghan's goal and junior midfielder Marissa Restaino (Media, PA/Penncrest) knotted the score at 3-3 when she scored unassisted with 22:28 left in the opening half. Parrish put the guests up 4-3 with 20:13 remaining in the half and 19 seconds later, junior midfielder Mollie Shipley (Denville, NJ/Morris Catholic) gave Washington a two goal lead. Lubrano put an end to the Washington run when she scored without a helper 26 seconds after Shipley's goal with 19:28 remaining in the first.
Ziccardi restored WC's two goal lead with 18:22 to go in the opening 30 minutes. Marissa Micciche cut the lead to 6-5 when she scored on a pass from Callaghan with 15:50 left in the half.
There would be no scoring until 11:02 left in the first half when Hubley found Eisenbrandt and Eisenbrandt deposited her shot into the goal to make it 7-5 Shorewomen. The tandem of Ziccardi and Eisenbrandt gave Washington an 8-5 lead when Ziccardi finished off a pass from Eisenbrandt with 8:30 to go in the opening half. Sucharski scored unassisted with 3:12 left in the first to trim the visitors' lead to 8-6 and that would be the score at halftime.
Micchiche opened the scoring in the second half when she scored with 21:22 left in the game to cut the Washington lead to 8-7. Hubley responded with her second goal of the game to put the Shorewomen back up by two at 9-7 on an unassisted tally with 15:31 left in the contest. Shipley scored unassisted with 13:26 remaining in the contest to put Washington back up by three at 10-7. Becca Wood of Rowan scored on a Lubrano pass to trim the lead to 10-8 with 11:55 left in the second half. Senior attacker Liza Twilley (Salisbury, MD/Salisbury School) scored from Ziccardi 48 seconds after Wood's goal to make it 11-8. Wood scored her team's second straight goal to cut the WC lead to 11-9 with 10:37 remaining in the game. Both of Wood's goals came on man-up situations. The hosts trimmed the cushion to 11-10 just 82 ticks later when Lubrano scored unassisted with 9:15 left. The score stayed that way until Eisenbrandt's second of the game with 6:05 to go gave Washington a 12-10 lead.
Ziccardi led Washington with three goals and added an assist for a team-best four points in the game. Eisenbrandt, Hubley and Shipley both scored twice in the victory, while Eisenbrandt and Hubley added an assist for three points apiece. In goal, junior goalkeeper Stephanie Seibert (Clear Spring, MD/Mercersburg (PA) stopped nine shots and had a career-high and game-best eight ground balls.
Lubrano led all players with four goals and five points for the Profs. Sucharski had two goals and a game-high two assists for four points, while Micchiche had two goals. In the net, Barrie totaled eight saves.
Rowan held a slim 27-26 edge in shots, while Washington had a 16-12 advantage in ground balls. The Shorewomen were 8-for-13 in clears, while the Profs were just 4-for-11.
The win was Washington's first win on the road against Rowan and the team has won three of the past four versus the Profs.
The Shorewomen are back in action on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to St. Mary's (MD) for a non-conference contest at 3:30 p.m.