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Lacrosse Drops 11-8, OT Heartbreaker to #10 Hoyas

March 6, 1999
NASHVILLE - For the first time in Vanderbilt lacrosse history, overtime periods were played. Unfortunately, the Commodores' first venture into extra time proved unsuccessful, as Kristen Baer scored twice and Sarah Oglesby once, to give #10 Georgetown (1-0) an 11-8 overtime win. Bowen Holden made 13 saves in 66 minutes, allowing eight goals in the win for GU.

Vanderbilt, led in scoring by senior tri-captain Kristin Ehst with three goals, was looking to avenge a 15-7 defeat at the hands of the Hoyas a year ago. Ehst opened the scoring just 26 seconds into the game Sue Napolitano, playing in her first game since she tore the ACL in her knee at Maryland last season, tallied the second three minutes later. Ehst struck again with her second goal ten minutes later, and the Commodores had a 3-0 lead. GU quickly retaliated with four goals in just under eight minutes to take a 4-2 lead, before April Tellam tied the game at four apiece with 36 second to play in the first half.

The battle continued in the second half as the two teams opened up trading goals. Georgetown took an 8-6 lead with 3:41 to go after Erin Elbe finished the second of back-to-back goals.

But Vanderbilt wouldn't go away, as April Tellam put away her second goal of the game just 24 second after Elbe's second. Then, with 1:19 to go, Caroline Mans took a feed from Tellam, and put it past Holden to send the game into overtime.

"We were really up with the momentum that we had, coming into the overtime," Ehst said. "It was an accomplishment for us to get to the overtime periods."

The Hoyas, however, would not be denied, scoring two goals just 32 seconds apart in the first overtime, and adding an insurance goal early in the second.

"The difference in this game was playoff experience," said Commodore head coach Cathy Swezey. "One team had playoff experience, the other didn't. Their attack was active on the one-on-ones, while ours tensed up. That can all be attributed to playoff experience."

The Commodores will host #9 Penn State on Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. Georgetown will play the same Lady Lions on Monday at 1 p.m. here at Vanderbilt.

Score by Periods
Georgetown 4-4-2-1=11
Vanderbilt 4-4-0-0=8
Goals: VU- Ehst (3), Tellam (2), Mans (2), Napolitano (1) . GU- Elbe (3), Oglesby (2), Stanwick (2), Baer (2), R. Raneri (1), Stewart (1).
Assists: VU- Osberg (1), Tellam (1), Rice (1) . GU- Stanwick (1), Elbe (1), Ahearn (1).
Total Shots: VU- 24. GU- 27
Goalkeeping: VU- Emily Lough (66 mins., 14 Saves, 11 GA). GU- Bowen Holden (66 mins., 13 saves, 8 GA)
Attendance: 100



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