SOMERSET, N.J. – Junior midfielder Meghan Murray scored the game-winning goal with 4:40 left in the second overtime period on Wednesday afternoon to give Saint Elizabeth a 17-16 victory over visiting Lancaster Bible in North Eastern Athletic Conference lacrosse action at Soccer Centers.
The Screaming Eagles (4-8 overall, 2-5 NEAC) have won three of their last four matches, in a record-breaking season for the young program started in 2010.
The match on Wednesday was the final home game for co-captain Veronica Stawinksi. The Screaming Eagles and the athletic department honored the senior attack with flowers and hugs during a halftime ceremony.
The action on the field was back-and-forth between the two squads. On an overcast day, Saint Elizabeth and Lancaster Bible battled through seven lead changes and 10 ties. The Screaming Eagles had a commanding 15-11 lead after Murray scored two of her team-high five goals with just over 11 minutes remaining in regulation.
Lancaster Bible (0-14, 0-8 NEAC) rallied with four consecutive goals, three by junior Whitney Heise, including a score with 38 second left to tie the match at 15-all.
In the first overtime period, the Chargers found the back of the net first when senior Rebekah Weidel scored at 3:25. Stawinski extended her special day with the tying goal a minute later – it was the 14th goal of the season for the senior attack.
The score remained tied and the teams went into the second overtime, a sudden-victory period. With Lancaster Bible on the clear, Murray blocked a Chargers’ outlet pass near the restraining line. The junior scooped up the ground ball on one hop and wheeled back toward the middle of the field where she drew a foul.
On the restart, Murray zipped over to the left side of the attack zone and drew another foul, resulting in a free-position attempt. After Lancaster Bible was whistled for a shooting space violation on the re-start, Murray set up again for a free-position attempt. When the whistle sounded, Murray took two steps and snapped a bounce shot inside the near post for the game-winner, her team-leading 40th score of the season, and the Saint Elizabeth celebration ensued.
Murray also scooped up a team-best nine ground balls and was tops of the team with four caused turnovers. Her 40 goals this season represent a school record.
Junior Barbara Beresova made 11 saves in goal and had three ground balls for her fourth win of the season.
Saint Elizabeth held a 41-38 shot advantage while Lancaster Bible scooped up 33 ground balls to 30 for the Screaming Eagles.
Juniors Cassidy Crane and Amy Rowe added four goals apiece while Stawinski scored three times with one assist. Junior Dina Toledo added the other goal, her ninth of the season. Crane led the team with five draw controls. Nicole Rios has a strong game on the defensive side of the field, causing three turnovers including one in the second overtime.
The Screaming Eagles wrap up the year with two road games, traveling to SUNY-IT in Utica, N.Y. on Saturday, April 21 before culminating the season the next day at Medaille College in Buffalo at 1 p.m.