March 23, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Larissa Ezzio made her only goal of the day an important one as she propelled the Brown University women's lacrosse team to a 12-11 sudden death victory over Holy Cross in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon at the Hart Turf. Holy Cross falls to 5-3 overall, while the Bears get back to the .500 mark at 3-3 with the win.
Down five (9-4) with less than 18 minutes to play, Brown scored six of its eight second half goals - five of which came in a six minute span - to tie the game at 9-9 and then take a 10-9 lead with 6:13 remaining. Holy Cross sophomore Nikki Bolduc gained possession of the ball, scampered 70 yards down field and beat Brown goalie Melissa King with 2.2 seconds on the clock to tie the score at 10-10 and force overtime.
Bolduc then struck again just 40 seconds into the second overtime period to give the host team an 11-10 advantage. But Brown's Lauren Vitkus tallied her second goal of the game just 38 seconds later to tie the game again at 11-11. The two teams played a scoreless first overtime.
In the sudden death period, Ezzio's marker just 1:08 into the extra session proved to be the difference.
The Crusaders had a commanding 7-2 lead at the break after scoring the game's first five goals. Mimi DeTolla stopped the bleeding for the Bears when she put them on the board at the 17:35 mark, but two more Holy Cross scores before the half had the home team up by six (7-1). Vitkus' first goal came just before intermission, with 26:58 on the clock, cutting the Crusader lead to five.
Holy Cross continued to keep the momentum going when Patricia Sutton scored her third goal of the afternoon 2:49 into the second stanza. Brown responded with back-to-back goals by Kate Staley and Amie Biros to get within four (8-4), but another Holy Cross goal - this time by Melissa Conley - put the Crusaders back on top by five (9-4) with 17:28 remaining.
Brown then opened the flood gates and rattled off six straight goals to take a 10-9 lead with just over six minutes on the clock. DeTolla started the barrage with two goals within 11 seconds of each other to cut the lead to three (9-6). Seventeen seconds after that, DeTolla set Kelly Robinson up for another tally, which had Brown within two (9-7). Back-to-back Bethany Buzzell goals tied the game at nine apiece, before Redd's tally gave the Bears their first lead of the game.
In all, Brown scored six goals in a 6:05 span.
The Holy Cross offense was lead by Sutton and Conley, who both checked in with hat tricks. Sutton also had a team-high two assists. Kristine Corkum and Bolduc both added two goals each, and Kelly Winslow also got in the scoring column.
DeTolla led Brown with three goals and Buzzell and Vitkus both added two. Kate Staley had a team-high two assists for the Bears, including the pass that set up the game-winner in sudden death.
Megan Orr made 11 saves in net for Holy Cross, while King had eight stops for the Bears.
Holy Cross is on the road on Saturday, March 25 when the team travels to Bethlehem, Pa., for a 1:00 p.m., game at Lehigh. The Crusaders are currently tied for the top spot in conference play with a 2-0 mark.