Sophomore Amy Harris scored four goals to lead Mount St. Mary's past Denver, 13-12, yesterday in women's college lacrosse action in Emmitsburg.
Ashley Rusk had three goals and two assists as the Mount posted its first win of the season. The Pioneers (1-4) bolted to a 6-0 lead to start the game. The Mount had just one shot while Denver got goals from six players in accumulating the advantage. Mount broke through on Sarah Schaffner's unassisted tally with 9: 45 left in the period.
Just 17 seconds later, Lacey Morley's goal brought the Mount within 6-2. Erica Hensley brought MSM to within 6-3, and goals by Rusk and Beth Fischer made it 6-5 at halftime.
In the second half, the Mount evened the score 100 seconds in on Harris' first goal of the day. The Pioneers ended the 6-0 Mount run as Mariana Spry scored her second of the game, but Rusk answered just 27 seconds later to tie the game at seven. The Mount scored four more in a row over the next 11 minutes to end the 11-1 run with an 11-7 lead and 16: 42 remaining.
Denver answered with three in a row, however, two by the Pioneers' leading scorer, Kim Bodick, to pull within 11-10. Harris' fourth goal with 11: 50 left put the Mount up by two, but Dominique Cook answered for Denver. Beth Fischer provided MSM with a two-goal lead with 8: 13 left, but Spry completed her hat trick with 6: 45 left to bring Denver back to within 13-12.
The Mount was deliberate on offense over the next several minutes, trying to kill the clock. Denver was able to sustain offense, and with 1: 02 left, Bodick got a free-position attempt on the left side of the Mount net. Her shot to the far post struck the pipe and rolled slowly along the goal line before being scooped up by Mount goalkeeper Kathryn Harrington. It was Denver's last shot of the game.
Harrington made six saves to pick up the win in relief for the Mountaineers. Sarah Hazard recorded seven saves for Denver.
Swarthmore 18, College of Notre Dame 6: Kim Cariello's career-high five goals paced the host Garnet (2-0) past the Gators (1-4) in Swarthmore, Pa., on Saturday.
Mavi Biss also added four goals and an assist, and Katie Tarr chipped in four goals for Swarthmore.
Erin Sturgis led College of Notre Dame with three goals and Laura Cooney also added a pair of goals.
Towson 16, Denver 9: The host Tigers -- led by Brad Reppert with four goals -- erased an early 2-0 deficit with an 8-0 run and never looked back.
The Tigers (1-2) held Denver scoreless for 21: 49 and the Towson's margin was never less than six goals after the second-quarter rally.
Mike Law and Garth Miles paced the Pioneers (4-2) with two goals each.
John Horrigan secured the victory for Towson, making 13 saves.