Emmitsburg, Md. (April 25, 2014) – After a slow start led to a 6-2 halftime deficit, the Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team stormed all the way back for an improbable 7-6 Northeast Conference win over Saint Francis University at Waldron Family Stadium on Senior Day on Friday night. Senior Lindsay Diaz scored all three of her goals in the second half, including the game-winning tally with 1:53 on the clock.
Mount St. Mary's (3-12, 2-4 NEC) outscored Saint Francis (4-11, 1-5 NEC) by a 5-0 margin in the second half to pick up the squad's first home win of the season. In addition to Diaz's three goals, Erin Seipp added a pair of strikes while Bridget McGann and Kelly Maloney added single goals for the Mountaineers.
Trailing 6-3 with nine minutes left, the Mount turned up the pressure, rattling off five goals in a span of just over 6:30 capped by Diaz's third goal to secure the victory.
The Red Flash took control of the game by scoring the first five goals of the night. Lindsay Ingram kicked off the scoring just over three minutes in, followed by Casey Burk's goal with 23:37 left in the first half for a 2-0 SFU lead.
Rachel Larson exploded for the next three goals for a natural hat trick to increase Saint Francis' advantage up to 5-0 at the 17:33 mark. Two of Larson's goals came on free position shots.
Seipp put the Mount on the board with 13:14 showing on the first-half clock, and her goal was followed by another off the stick of McGann from a Hannah Gutcher feed. In the waning seconds of the opening half, SFU's Danielle Conwell found the back of the net to help the Red Flash take a 6-2 edge heading into halftime.
Both teams remained off the board for the first 21:30 of the second half until Diaz broke the scoring drought with her first goal of the game. Just over a minute later, Seipp scored again to cut the Red Flash lead down to 6-4.
With 5:55 left, Maloney fired a shot past SFU goalkeeper Heather McKee, cutting the Mount's deficit down to one at 6-5.
Diaz played the role of hero with the Mount's final two goals of the night coming at the 4:28 and 1:53 marks to complete the come-from-behind victory.
The Mount held a slight 15-14 edge on shots, as well as in ground balls by an 18-16 margin. Mount goalkeeper Steph Rurkowski turned away seven shots, including five in the second half to help the home side complete the comeback. On the other end, McKee registered six saves for Saint Francis.
The Mount concludes the regular season on Sunday at Robert Morris with a noon game.
GAME NOTES: Prior to Friday night's game, the Mount honored its eight seniors for their contributions to the program. This year's senior class includes Annie Battista, Lindsay Diaz, Hannah Gutcher, Gabe Little, Mary MacAdam, Bridget McGann, Lily O'Beirne and Aubrey Rubino… The Mount improves its all-time record to 12-0 versus Saint Francis.