April 13, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Jen May scored her second goal of the night with 21 seconds remaining on the clock to propel the Oregon women's lacrosse team to a thrilling 13-12 win over Holy Cross on Thursday night in non-conference action at the Hart Turf. Holy Cross dips to 10-5 overall with the loss, while Oregon improves to 8-6 with its second straight win.
Holy Cross opened the scoring at the 28:44 mark when sophomore Amy Archambault beat Oregon goalie Anna Poponyak for the 1-0 lead. The Ducks came right back to tie things up just twenty seconds later when Ilsa van den Berg collected an Alicia Burkhart pass and blasted a shot past Crusader keeper Megan Orr.
The two teams then traded goals before Holy Cross went on a three-goal run to take a 5-2 lead with 12:31 left in the half. Sophomore Kristine Corkum scored all three Holy Cross goals during the run. But Oregon responded with five unanswered goals to take its first lead of the game and close out the half with a 7-5 lead at the break.
In the second, Holy Cross came out on fire, scoring the first four goals of the half. Senior Carolyn Smirti got things going for the Crusaders just 90 seconds into play to cut the Oregon deficit to one (7-6). Junior Patricia Sutton then lit up the scoreboard with three straight goals to give Holy Cross a 9-7 lead with 22:15 remaining.
Each team then tacked on three scores in the next 10 minutes, as the Crusaders held a 12-10 advantage with just over nine minutes remaining on the clock. The Ducks would not go away, however, and began chipping away at the lead. Alison Leiner tallied her second goal of the evening at the 8:52 mark to cut the lead to one (12-11), and with just 1:44 to go, Ilsa van den Berg converted on an unassisted effort to tie the game at 12-12.
The Ducks gained control of the ensuing draw control and played a game of possession, as the clock ran down. With about 30 seconds left, the visitors made their move and Leiner rifled a pass from behind the net to a charging May, who caught the ball in front of the net and beat Orr for the game-winning goal with 21 seconds left.
Orr made 11 saves for the Crusaders, while Poponyak made two stops for Oregon to record her eighth win of the year.
Sutton and Corkum led the Crusaders with four goals each. The four scores marked Sutton's ninth hat trick of the season and her third in a row. Corkum has also scored three or more goals in two straight games.
Holy Cross is off until Wednesday, April 19, when the team travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass., for a 6:30 PM game against Boston College.