Sept. 5, 2015
FARMVILLE, Va. – A wild, back-and-forth affair ultimately ended in Lafayette’s favor on Friday night, with Ami Turner deflecting in an overtime winner to propel the Leopards to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory at Longwood.
Amanda Magadan, Kirby Szalkowski and Rosie Shanks also scored for Lafayette (3-0), which overcame both a two-plus hour lightning delay and a 3-2 deficit late in regulation to remain perfect to start the 2015 season.
“Tonight’s game was a battle,” head coach Jennifer Stone said. “I thought we played a strong second half with more control and poise. Our midfield created a lot of attacking opportunities for us, and a special nod to Ami Turner for an incredible overtime finish. A day of rest and recovery will be well enjoyed before we face a tough Liberty squad on Sunday.”
The Lancers (0-2) jumped out in front only 4:56 into the contest, as Hallie MacDonald put home a rebound for her first goal of the year.
The Leopards were now trailing for the first time in 2015, but it took less than 10 minutes for them to respond. Magadan netted her third goal in as many games in the 16th minutes, with Ellen Colbourne and Aliza Furneaux registering assists on the set play off a penalty corner.
Szalkowski led the team in assists two seasons ago, and she had 13 helpers overall in her four-year career entering tonight’s contest, but she had never scored a goal of her own. That changed in the 28th minute, when the senior midfielder directed a loose ball past goalie Lauren Bernard to put the visitors in front.
The lead, however, was short-lived, as Longwood recorded an unassisted strike 50 second later to level the score at 2-2. The Lancers grabbed their second lead just over six minutes into the second half when Jennifer Burris beat goalie Katelyn Arnold for her second tally of the year.
Lafayette has created several opportunities off penalty corners to begin the season, and it was through another corner that the Leopards managed to rally once again. Rosie Shanks deflected a long shot from Hannah Millen past Bernard to make it 3-3 with 10:40 remaining in regulation. With the assist, Millen has points in each of the year’s first three contests.
Three of the final four shots of the second half went to Lafayette, but the score remained deadlocked, sending both teams to their first overtime session of the young season.
Turner ended things quickly, deflecting a high shot from Magadan into the net just 3:22 into the extra frame after yet another penalty corner. The Leopards move to 3-0 for a second-consecutive season. They finished with an 11-10 in shots, led by four from Millen, while Arnold made four stops in goal.
Lafayette will try to make it 4-0 at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, when they travel to Liberty for a challenging matchup with the defending NorPac champions. The Flames (2-0) ended last season ranked No. 20 in the nation by the NFHCA.