The Shippensburg University women’s lacrosse team made a dramatic comeback late in the game, but ultimately fell in overtime to PSAC foe Indiana University of Pennsylvania 16-14, in Tuesday afternoon’s contest at Robbs Sports Complex.
Down by two goals with less than three and a half minutes in the second half, SU would stage a comeback capped by Lauren Hauck’s goal with 30 seconds left in the final period. However, SU faltered in the overtime period.
The Raiders and Crimson Hawks vied for a commanding lead throughout the game, but both teams were unable to garner any kind of sustainable momentum. The largest lead in the game was three, held twice by IUP in the first half.
SU was able to carry a 9-7 lead into halftime after a goal by Lindsey Kennedy in the waning seconds of the half.
However, IUP scored three straight goals to open the second half and kept it close throughout the game.
The game seemed to be over when IUP scored four straight goals late in the second half to hold a two- goal lead.
However, SU would stage its comeback thanks to Hauck, Kayla Dalzell and Sheila Johnson. Ali Cross made key saves to keep the game close for SU.
After an injury to long-time goalkeeper Meghan Kearney in the first half, Cross was thrust into the position. Cross, who had not manned the net since her freshman year, provided a solid effort for SU.
The contest sparked a heated moment late in the closing seconds of the second half as a controversial call gave SU a free shot with less than 30 seconds remaining. The free shot ultimately led to the tying goal, forcing overtime. This was a crushing loss for SU , as IUP manged to pull out the win in the extra session, 16-14.