WLAX: Berg downed in overtime

File photos by Doug Sampson
File photos by Doug Sampson

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Just two days after picking up their first win of the season, the Heidelberg University women's lacrosse team was defeated in overtime at Concordia University - Ann Arbor by a final score of 11-10.

The Student Princes (1-3) carried a three-goal halftime lead, but were unable to add to their lead in the second half. The Cardinals (4-1) stormed back with four second half goals and an overtime strike by Taylor Nesbitt to seal their fourth victory of the season.

Much of the first half featured seesaw scoring as both teams found the back of the cage generously in the first half hour. The Tricolor did manage to hold the upper hand on the offensive end of the field as they scored nine first half goals compared to the hosts' six.

The Student Princes needed just two and half minutes to break the deadlock as Jenna Carman was awarded a free position attempt. The junior beat Concordia's goalie for the first goal of the game.

The next four minutes of play featured a flurry of chances as the Cardinals evened things up on Greyson Papp's eighth goal of the season. However, Dana Dudley and Angela Lulejian responded quickly to re-establish the Berg's lead. From there, the Student Princes did not relinquish their lead for the rest of the half.

Cassandra Allard's 19th of the season brought Concordia back to within one, but Emmy Flottman-Mullen bagged a man-up free position goal for her fourth of the season.

Bri Casement then scored her first career Berg goal on a feed from Anna Winnicki. After Casement's tally, Concordia responded with one of their own, but Jen Kovarik, Dudley, Lulejian and Carman all struck tallies before halftime and gave Heidelberg a 9-6 lead at the break.

Out of the intermission, the Student Princes' offense cooled off. Concordia scored the first four goals of the half to take a 10-9 lead with 7:10 remaining in the game.

However, Alexandra Farmer scored on a rebound from a Winnicki free position attempt to level things at 10. Even with possession and two free position attempts in the final minute of the game, Heidelberg could not muster a winning goal in regulation, and the game went to overtime.

In the extra period, only Concordia managed a shot attempt which resulted in the winning goal. The Student Princes could not muster an offensive effort in the added time.

Jess Ballow started between the pipes for Heidelberg and collected 13 saves -- a season-high.

Heidelberg also scooped up an advantage of ground balls in 39 compared to Concordia's 35. Winnicki collected a game-high 11, while Farmer had eight and Lulejian had seven.

Allard paced all scorers with four goals for the Cardinals, while Nesbitt tallied a hat-trick to balance the offense.

Heidelberg will return home on Tuesday, March 12th as they welcome Hiram College to Hoernemann Stadium for a 7 p.m. start time.