Sharks Rally in Second Half for 11-10 Win Over Mustangs
BOSTON, Mass. -- Simmons Lacrosse rallied in the second half to pick up a 11-10 win over the Mount Ida College Mustangs Saturday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action. Senior Megan Coffey (Wilmot Flat, N.H.) buried the game winner with just 43 seconds remaining off a stellar pass from Leanne Luke (Newton, Mass.) to lift the Sharks to victory.
After celebrating the Sharks four seniors, Coffey, Rachel Wallace (Braintree, Mass.), Emily Kaley (Manchester, Maine) and Kelly Last (West Haven, Conn.), Mount Ida scored first as Molly Shepard beat Last down low. Simmons scored the next three goals as Greer Gilbert (Falmouth, Mass.), Wallace and Stephanie Oliveri (Waltham, Mass.) each beat Mustangs goalkeeper Kayla Musty for a 3-1 lead.
The Mustangs channeled their offense in the middle of the half, scoring the next four goals to regain the lead, 5-3. Amanda Bowen, Samantha Basler, Shepard and Alexandria Milot each tallied for the Mount Ida. Callie Warnock (Kingston, Mass.) scored her first goal of the game to cut the lead to one off a pass from Oliveri but the Mustangs scored twice more before time expired to lead the Sharks at halftime, 7-4.
In the second half, the teams alternated scoring over the first twenty minutes as the Bowen, Milot and Basler added to the Mustangs lead and Gilbert, Warnock and Ali Stonehouse (Keene, N.H.) tallied for Simmons.
Down 10-3 with ten minutes remaining, the Sharks began to chip away the Mustangs lead, as Gilbert scored unassisted and Wallace buried a free position shot past Musty. With 1:15 remaining, Luke found Warnock in the arc, who then found the top corner to tie the game at ten.
Greer Gilbert won the draw control and Luke fed Coffey who tallied the game winner with just 43 seconds left on the clock.
With the win, the Sharks move to 7-3 overall and 6-2 in the GNAC, while the Mustangs fall to 4-9 overall and 2-6 in the conference. Crystal Derosier (Kingston, Mass.) picks up the win for the Sharks with four saves in the second half, while Musty takes the loss, making 13 saves on 24 shots.
Simmons returns to action on Wednesday at GNAC rival Norwich University. The game time is set for 4:00 p.m.