March 30, 2012

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Corliss Sets LaSalle Save Mark in OT Win

from press release

PHILADELPHIA – Senior goalkeeper Megan Corliss broke the all-time La Salle lacrosse saves record as the Explorers rallied to defeat Duquesne in overtime, 12-11, on Friday evening at McCarthy Stadium.
 
With 15 saves on the night and 413 saves in her career, Corliss breaks the record of 412 set by Lianne Dictor from 2001-03.
 
This was just one part of a thrilling night for the Explorers (8-2, 1-0), who start off their Atlantic 10 season with a win.
 
Freshman Caitlyn Brostrand added four goals for La Salle, including a go-ahead goal with 40 seconds in regulation and then the winner in overtime.
 
Trailing 6-5 at the break, the Explorers went down 9-5 after three straight Duquesne goals by the 22:05 mark at the second half.  However, La Salle would work its way back into the contest.
 
Scoring stalled for over ten minutes, but junior Melanie Sarcinello added a pair of goals within 13 seconds of each other to cut La Salle's deficit to 9-8 with 9:57 remaining in the contest.
 
Brostrand added her second tally of the night at 4:07 to tie the contest at 9-all.
 
A yellow card on Duquesne's Elise Caldwell gave La Salle a man-up advantage and the Explorers capitalized.  Brostand scored again on a free position shot to give the Blue and Gold a 10-9 lead with 40 seconds to play in regulation.
 
The Dukes won the ensuing draw control and Haley Marafioti put one past Corliss with 11 seconds remaining to force overtime.
 
Duquesne converted on its first possession in overtime on a goal by Clare Hurley from Amanda Kidder to lead 11-10 with 5:08 to go.
 
That was the last score the Explorer defense would allow.
 
Duquesne won the next draw, but Kaitlin Colbridge helped La Salle re-gain possession after picking up a ground ball after a Duquesne turnover. The Explorers' Kelly Furman and Brostrand each had good looks, but the Dukes' goalie Liz Walker made both saves.
 
Senior Nora McGurkin evened the game for La Salle with a goal off a feed from freshman Claire Andrews with 1:31 to play.
 
Sarcinello won the next draw and Brostrand came through for the Blue and Gold with her fourth goal of the game off a free position shot with 38 seconds left in overtime.
 
Sarcinello again won the draw and La Salle was able to wind down the clock for the victory.
 
To start the contest, the Explorers got on the board quickly after a goal by junior Lauren McDermott with just over a minute gone. McDermott add her second of the game almost three minutes later.
 
La Salle took a 4-2 lead on goals by Sarcinello and Andrews with an assist from McDermott, but then Duquesne added four straight to take the lead.
 
McGurkin scored her first goal of the night with 2:02 left before the break
 
Duquesne's Haley Marafioti added four goals, while Walker made 13 saves.
 
The Explorers will finish out the weekend with a game against St. Bonaventure at McCarthy Stadium on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.


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