March 23, 2006
WORCESTER, MA - Junior Amie Biros (Bethesda, MD) scored her second goal of the game in overtime to propel the Brown women's lacrosse team to a 12-11 sudden death victory over Holy Cross in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon at the Hart Turf. The Bears get back to the .500 mark at 3-3 with the win.
Down five (9-4) with less than 18 minutes to play, Brown scored six of its eight second-half goals - five of which came in a 6:00 span - to tie the game at 9-9 and then take a 10-9 lead with 6:13 remaining on an unassisted goal by junior Jen Redd (Towson, MD). Holy Cross gained possession of the ball and beat sophomore goalie Melissa King (Pepper Pike, OH) with 2.2 seconds on the clock to tie the score at 10-10 and force overtime.
The Crusaders struck again just 40 seconds into the second overtime period to give the host team an 11-10 advantage. But freshman Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) tallied her second goal of the game just 38 seconds later to tie the game again at 11-11. The two teams played a scoreless first overtime.
In the sudden death period, Biros' marker just 1:08 into the extra session proved to be the difference.
The Crusaders had a commanding 7-2 lead at the break after scoring the game's first five goals. Sophomore Mimi DeTolla (Stony Brook, NY) put Brown on the board at the 17:35 mark, but two more Holy Cross scores before the half had the home team up by six (7-1). Vitkus' first goal came just before intermission, with 26:58 on the clock, cutting the Crusader lead to five.
Holy Cross continued to keep the momentum going, scoring just 2:49 into the second stanza. Brown responded with back-to-back goals by senior Kate Staley (Needham, MA) and junior Amie Biros (Bethesda, MD) to get within four (8-4), but another Holy Cross goal put the Crusaders back on top by five (9-4) with 17:28 remaining.
Brown then opened the flood gates and rattled off six straight goals to take a 10-9 lead with just over six minutes on the clock. DeTolla started the barrage with two goals within 11 seconds of each other to cut the lead to three (9-6). Seventeen seconds after that, DeTolla set freshman Kelly Robinson (Marlton, NJ) up for another tally, which had Brown within two (9-7). Back-to-back Bethany Buzzell (Middletown, MD) goals tied the game at nine apiece, before Redd's tally gave the Bears their first lead of the game.
In all, Brown scored six goals in a 6:05 span.
DeTolla led Brown with three goals, while Biros, Buzzell and Vitkus both added two. Staley had a team-high two assists for the Bears, including the pass that set up the game-winner in sudden death.
King recorded eight stops for the Bears, who continue action this Saturday, March 25th, when they host St. Bonaventure at 1:00 p.m.