AMHERST, Mass. - Devin O'Connor's '16 game-winning goal in the second overtime period capped a late rally as the No. 7 Amherst College women's lacrosse team posted a 9-8 victory over Springfield College in non-league play on Thursday evening at Pratt Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 3-1 overall, while Springfield moves to 4-2 on the season.
Trailing 8-6 late in the second period, Amherst's Rachel Passarelli '16 scored a a pair of free position goals with 3:13 to play and then 2:28 to even the game at 8-8 and force an extra stanza.
In the first overtime period, Hanna Krueger '17 won the opening draw and Passarelli fired a shot on goal, but Springfield's Gabriella Anderson saved the attempt. Halfway through the first extra session, the Pride's Michelle Dorsey gained possession on the draw but Springfield could not get a shot off sending the game to a second frame of overtime.
In the second period of overtime, Priscilla Tyler '15 won the opening draw control and the ball was worked to Sarah Spector '15 who fired it in on Anderson, but again the Pride keeper was there to turn aside the shot. With 4:21 to play in the period, O'Connor scored the game-winner.
Anderson finished with nine saves in the losing effort for Springfield, while Christy Forrest '16 made four saves for Amherst.
In the first period, Amherst took an early lead when Passarelli scored following a feed from O'Connor at the 26:24 mark. Springfield's Kerstin Lindrooth answered with a pair of markers in the 21st and 19th minutes to give the Pride a 2-1 edge, but the lead was short-lived as Purple & White tri-captain Meghan Mills '15 netted a goal of her own following a helper from Passarelli to set the score at 2-2 with 17:05 to play. Goals by Springfield's Bianca Raniolo (12:46) and Passarelli (9:00) set the score at 3-3, before Mills scored her second at the 5:55 mark on free position shot give Amherst a 4-3 edge. Lindrooth then scored her third of the frame just 52 seconds later knot the game at 4-4 at intermission.
Raniolo added an assist, while Olivia Cabral added a pair for the Pride in the first half. Both sides tallied eight shots each in the first 30 minutes of play.
In the second half, Spector netted an unassisted goal less than one minute into play giving the Purple & White a 5-4 lead. Shelby Corsano scored at the 27:08 mark and Lindrooth added her fourth at the 26:14 mark to shift the advantage back to Springfield, before a Mia Haughton '16 score leveled the game once more at 6-6 with 18:26 to play in regulation. Mills assisted on Haughton's goal.
The Pride forged ahead once more as Raniolo and Corsano each scored unassisted to give the visitors an 8-6 edge before Amherst responded with its late rally to force extra time.
Passarelli led all players with five groundballs and caused a pair of turnovers, while Krueger, Mills, Coco Kusiak '16 and Spector added two groundballs each for the Purple & White.
Lindrooth and Ellie Getchell picked up four groundballs each for Springfield.
Amherst out-shot the Pride, 23-13, including 12-5 in the second half, and held a 15-6 advantage in draw controls.
The Purple & White returns to non-league action on Monday, March 16 at Montclair State during its spring trip. First draw is set for 4 p.m.