Williamstown, MA– The MCLA Trailblazers scored the only five goals in overtime as they pushed past The Sage Colleges' Gators 18-13 this afternoon in a match played at Williams College. With the win, the Trailblazers even their mark at 2-2 while Sage drops to 0-3.
Natalie Caney and Katelyn Brown combined to score 12 goals for MCLA with Caney netting a game high 7. She also scored the eventual game winning marker in overtime.
The game started off fast as each team got on the board early and often. Just ten minutes in Sage led 4-2 however MCLA would rally and when Caney scored in the final minute the two teams went into halftime tied at 6-6.
MCLA opened up a pair of two goal leads in the second half, however they couldn't finish off the Gators. In fact, Sage came back to grab a 13-12 lead with 1:53 to play as sophomore midfielder Monica Koralus' (Verbank, NY/Millbrook) goal. The Trailblazers would answer immediately when Mackenzie Cutler would convert an Erin McNulty pass just 16 seconds later sending the game into overtime.
MCLA controlled the overtime as Caney won the draw and sprinted right towards the Gator net and her shot just 12 seconds into overtime gave MCLA a lead it would not relinquish. Brown would tally just a minute later and then Caney fired home her final marker securing the victory for MCLA.
The strong overtime made a winner out of Alexandra David in net for MCLA as she stopped 10 shots. Her counterpart, sophomore Jackie St. Pierre (Averill Park, NY/Averill Park) suffered the loss after making 11 saves in a losing effort.
MCLA held a 23-11 edge in ground balls, including a 13-7 edge over the final 36:00.
In the contest, graduate student Shirah Fudin (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem Central) connected for seven goals and an assist, while Koralus tallied four goals and an assist. On the season, Fudin leads Sage with her 12 goals and one assist, while Koralus now has seven goals with two assists. Koralus has moved into the No. 5 spot on the Gators' all-time career total point list with 29 points (22 g, 7 a), while Fudin is No. 6 in career points with 26 points (24g, 2a) and is now No. 5 in career goals, while Koralus is No. 6 (22goals).
In goal for the Gators, sophomore Jackie St. Pierre (Averill Park, NY/Averill Park) suffered the loss after making 15 saves in the action.
Sage returns to action on March 26 travelling to New Jersey to face Kean University in a 6 p.m. match-up.