WASHINGTON - For the first time in program history, No. 17 The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team topped No. 4 Franklin & Marshall, 8-7 in overtime.
With 38 seconds remaining in regulation, Catholic senior Alexis Bosilovic shot the ball into the cage for the tying goal that sent the Cardinals into their first overtime game of the year. Sophomore Erin Dugan won two overtime draws before her classmate Jessica Lyons ripped the ball between the pipes for a sudden victory finish.
During regulation, the Catholic defense made up of senior Rachel Meyer, junior Jenna Gobel, sophomores Dugan and Kayla Purdy, along with freshmen Alyssa Bishop, Wendy El and Nanci Hernandez held the Diplomats to a 34-minute scoring drought.
Dugan finished the game with six draw controls and three ground balls while Purdy held the 2016 Division III Attacker of the Year, Franklin & Marshall senior Paige Moriarty, to just two goals. Hernandez earned her third win of the year and tallied nine saves while guarding the Cardinals' cage.
The Diplomats opened the game with four unanswered goals before Bosilovic put the Cardinals on the scoreboard. After Franklin & Marshall scored their fifth goal of the day, Catholic rallied scoring three in a row. Lyons scored first followed by and an unassisted goal from senior Laura Dunn and a free position conversion from classmate Jenna Van Middelem.
Moriarty and senior Clair Schmitzer each gave their respective teams another goal before halftime and the Diplomats held a 6-5 lead at the break.
Both teams remained scoreless through the first 21 minutes of the second half. With nine minutes to play in regulation, junior Nicolette Crisalli found senior Ana Brandenburg who tied the game at six a piece. Franklin & Marshall went ahead with under four minutes on the clock before Bosilovic equalized, sending the Diplomats to their third overtime of 2017.
The Cardinals will travel to Goucher College on Wednesday, April 19 for a Landmark Conference match beginning at 5 p.m.