BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's lacrosse team's 2019 campaign came to a close after a heart-breaking 9-8 overtime loss to the College of Notre Dame (Md.) in the semifinal round of the Colonial States Athletic Conference Tournament Wednesday afternoon on General Ronald K. Nelson Field.
Bryn Athyn ends the season at 8-5 overall, while Notre Dame improves to 10-5 and will take on Keystone for the CSAC title on Saturday, May 4.
The final sequence started with a free-position shot at the 2:01 mark by the Gators' Kirstin McGee that was turned aside by Lion goalie Sarah Smith—the final of her eight saves. Peace Ani picked up the ground ball to keep the possession alive for Notre Dame. After working the ball around the offensive zone, Ani found a cutting McGee who would put her shot into the upper left corner of the net with 1:28 gone for the winner.
Bryn Athyn was all over Notre Dame in the opening 20 minutes of the contest, storming out to a 5-0 advantage. Tina Tu started the scoring just 1:56 into the contest. Then, Payton Gormley single-handedly extended the gap to four with three consecutive unassisted goals in an eight-minute span with the final one coming at the 16:35 mark of the half. Bri Lennox netted the first of her two goals on a free-position attempt at the 11:12 mark.
Notre Dame ended the half with goals from Katie Hawkins in the final 4:45 of the half to trim the Bryn Athyn advantage to 5-2.
The Gators leveled the match at five with three straight goals in the first 8:16 of the second half. Gormley capped off her five-goal afternoon with back-to-back goals 94 seconds apart, the second one assisted by Tu, to allow the Lions to regain a two-goal cushion (7-5) with 18:53 left.
Notre Dame took its first lead of the afternoon when Megan Morales scored the last of her three goals at 9:17 to cap a run of three straight goals to make the score 8-7. Lennox would tie the score at eight when she converted a free-position shot with 7:10 remaining in the second half.
The Gators thought they had the eventual game-winning goal out of the stick of Stephanie Morgan with 1:44 left in regulation. However, the officials found Morgan's stick to be illegal, nullifying the goal and giving the Lions a reprieve and their own chance for a winner.
On Bryn Athyn's final possession of regulation, Chantal Farmer fired a shot wide of the Notre Dame net and Lennox was denied by Marie Salas from in tight.
In addition to her two points, Tu had four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Shauna Breen tallied five ground balls and four caused turnovers, while Paulina Storck caused three turnovers. Farmer earned a team-best five draw controls.
McGee finished the game with three goals, one assist, five draw controls, and three ground balls. Morales contributed four ground balls, four draw controls, and two caused turnovers to go with her three goals. Salas ended up with 15 saves and seven ground balls.
The Lions outshot the Gators 28-20 and had a 28-24 edge in ground balls.