Dudley Scores Game-Winner; Win Clinches Centennial Conference Tournament Berth for Shorewomen
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Freshman midfielder Alli Dudley (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key) scored the game-winning goal with 3:18 left in the second extra period as host Washington College upset fifth-ranked Gettysburg College, 12-11, in double overtime in a Centennial Conference women's lacrosse game this afternoon on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Shorewomen (9-4, 5-2 Centennial) broke a 17-game losing streak to the Bullets (12-2, 6-1) and clinched a berth in the five-team Centennial Conference Tournament with the win., their first in the series since a 12-9 win on May 1st, 1999.
Dudley's game-winner came off an assist from junior midfielder Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) after Hubley was awarded a free-position attempt with 3:21 to go. Instead of taking her shot, Hubley passed to Dudley, who cut in front of the goal and beat Gettysburg goalie Catherine Towers for the golden-goal game-winner. The Bullets had two chances to win the game early in the second overtime, but a free-position shot by Maggie Connolly hit the post 12 seconds into the period and a shot by Kelsey Markiewicz was saved by Washington freshman goalie Allison Remenapp (Woodbine, Md./Century) with 5:08 left.
The two teams battled back and forth from the opening draw. Washington struck first when freshman midfielder Katherine Vincent (Wilton, Conn/Wilton) scored off a Hubley pass 26 seconds into the contest. Gettysburg responded with a goal by Bridget Kenny off a Katie Blumenthal feed with 28:15 left and a Mandy Buell tally with 26:13 remaining in the first half, but Washington evened the score at 2-2 on a free-position goal by sophomore attacker Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) with 21:17 to go. Maggie Connolly then netted a free-position goal of her own with 19:06 remaining before Washington senior midfielder Carly Eisenbrandt (Baltimore, Md./Towson) tied the game at 3-3 with 16:32 to play before halftime. Markiewicz put the Bullets back in front, 4-3, with 15:08 left, but Eisenbrandt knotted the score at 4-4 with 2:39 remaining before the break.
The Bullets took a 7-5 lead to open the second half on a goal by Kenny with 24:53 remaining and a free-position tally by Loren Pruitt with 21:50 to go. Washington then scored five unanswered goals to build a 9-6 advantage. Vincent started things off with a goal off a pass from Dudley at 21:29, Eisenbrandt found freshman midfielder Cara Pascarella (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) for a goal with 17:11 on the clock, Eisenbrandt netted a free-position goal at 15:08, Dudley scored off an assist from junior defender Liz Godorov (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) at 12:41, and Eisenbrandt scored off a pass from freshman midfielder Anna Inserra (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills West) with 11:09 to play.
Borucki broke up Washington's run with a free-position goal with 10:19 left in regulation, but Washington junior attacker Caroline Lovett (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) scored a free-position goal of her own with 7:39 left to give the Shorewomen a 10-7 lead. The Bullets then ran off three straight goals to force the first overtime. Markiewicz scored two free-position goals just 14 seconds apart with 6:05 and 5:51 left, respectively, before Connolly netted the tying goal with 3:48 remaining.
Washington scored quickly to open the full-time, six-minute first overtime period as Eisenbrandt put Washington in front, 11-10, just 49 seconds in. A shot by Connolly was stopped by Remenapp with 18 seconds remaining, but Connolly picked up the ground ball after a scrum and fed Pruitt for a goal with 4.8 seconds on the clock to even the score at 11-11 and force the second overtime.
Remenapp had an outstanding game in goal for the Shorewomen in the win, making 14 saves, including several on point-blank shots. Eisenbrandt led all scorers with five goals and one assist, while Dudley finished with two goals and one assist and Vincent netted a pair of goals.
Markiewicz led Gettysburg with three goals in the loss, while Connolly had two goals and one assist and Pruitt and Kenny had two goals a piece. Shannon Keller started the game in goal for the Bullets, but made just two saves while allowing nine goals in 48:51 of playing time. Towers played the rest of the way and made three saves while allowing three goals.
The win by the Shorewomen was their first against Gettysburg since a 12-9 victory on May 1st, 1999. The loss by Gettysburg was its first to a Centennial Conference school other than Franklin & Marshall since a 2002 loss to Ursinus.
The Shorewomen return to action Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game at Swarthmore.