Hartford, Conn. – Junior midfielder Hollis Perticone (Darien, Conn.) scored the golden goal 23 seconds into the second half of the second overtime to lead the visiting Middlebury College Panthers to a 10-9 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 1 nationally, loses its first game in its last nine contests but its third in a row to the Panthers to drop to 11-2 overall and 7-1 in the conference, while No. 4-ranked Middlebury improves to 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the league.
Trinity led, 4-3, at halftime, as junior attacker Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) scored two of her game-high five goals in the first 15 minutes to offset a goal and an assist by Panther senior captain attacker Mary O'Connell (Norwell, Mass.). Trinity juniors Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.), Coffey, and Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) scored consecutive goals over a 3:10 span to give the home squad a 4-2 lead with 14:25 on the clock, but O'Connell fed Perticone for a score 10:22 before the break.
Middlebury sophomore attacker Emma McDonagh (Reading, Mass.) scored the only two goals of the second stanza's first 10 minutes, but the Bantams answered with a free-position goal by junior attacker Grace O'Donnell (Yarmouth, Maine) and a tally by senior tri-captain attacker Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) for a 6-5 Trinity lead midway through the half. After the Panthers tied it at 6-all on an O'Connell goal, the teams traded scores during the 19th minute with O'Connell feeding McDonagh for a man-up goal at the 11:32 mark and O'Donnell assisting Coffey for a short-handed marker 30 seconds later.
Middlebury went back ahead on a goal by sophomore midfielder Sara DiCenso (Glastonbury, Conn.), but Trinity rallied to tie it at 8-8 on a spin move on the right of Middlebury sophomore goalie Kate Furber (Manchester, Mass.) followed by an overhand shot by Coffey at the 5:47 mark and a Coffey bid in traffic that beat Furber low moments later. O'Connell came through with a game-tying score with two minutes on the clock for the visitors, and Furber made a clutch save on a close shot by Barrett to preserve the stalemate and force overtime.
Trinity won the draw to open the first extra session, but Furber made a stop against Bantam senior tri-captain midfielder Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) only to see Trinity junior backstop Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) deny McDonagh on a shot with just five seconds left in the first overtime's first half. Simpson shot wide in the final minute of the second half of the first overtime and Furber made a save against O'Donnell as time expired. In the second overtime, Lyne won the opening draw but hit the post with her shot, while Ferguson made another heroic save with five seconds on the clock, stopping a potential game-winning attempt by Perticone. Perticone won the draw to start the session's second half and came through with the clincher on a spin move in traffic.
Trinity finished with an 18-to-12 edge on ground balls, while the Panthers came out on top despite going 0-for-4 on free-position shots. O'Donnell and Lyne joined Coffey with multiple points for the Trinity points, notching a goal and an assist apiece, while Lyne added a game-high six draw controls. Junior defender Clara Nowlan (Needham, Mass.) collected three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Ferguson finished with nine saves for the Bantam defense. O'Connell totaled three goals and two assists, while McDonagh scored four times, and Perticone registered two goals and three draw controls for Middlebury. Furber made 10 saves, and senior captain Delaina Smith (Yardley, Pa.) had game-highs of four ground balls and three caused turnovers.