Late goal gives UMBC tourney title

Retrievers women rally past Monmouth, 13-12


Renee Tirocchi (Catonsville) scored with five seconds remaining yesterday to lift UMBC over Monmouth, 13-12, in come-from-behind fashion for its third consecutive Northeast Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship.

The Retrievers (10-7) relied on a balanced attack and received multiple-goal performances from five players. Shannon Gallup, Loree Miller and Jamie Gerhart each scored three, and Tirocchi and Ashley Staines added two goals apiece.

Staines, who scored a Northeast Conference Tournament-record eight goals in UMBC's semifinal victory over Sacred Heart, was named the most valuable player of the event.

Monmouth (14-3) controlled the first-half tempo and took a 6-3 lead with a 5-1 run midway through the first half. The Hawks struck first in the second half off a goal from Lisa Cherill to build the lead to four. UMBC scored the next three goals to pull within one with 25:18 left.

Jamie Gerhart tied the game for the Retrievers with 4:35 remaining, and struck again a minute and a half later to give the Retrievers their first lead, 11-10.

Stephanie DeGrosso responded for Monmouth, tying the score. However, Gerhart found the net for the third consecutive time to give UMBC the lead again with 46 seconds remaining in the game.

Monmouth tied the game on a goal from Cheri Brooks. Tirocchi clinched the title with her goal with time running out.

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