Denver's Improbable Rally Sinks San Diego State
from press release
DENVER – Trailing by a goal, the University of Denver women's lacrosse team scored twice in the final 21 seconds of regulation to beat San Diego State 12-11 at Peter Barton lacrosse Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Denver (12-1, 6-0 MPSF) led 10-8 with 14:37 remaining, but the Aztecs (6-6, 3-2 MPSF) scored three unanswered goals to take an 11-10 lead with 1:52 left in regulation.
The Pioneers had a shot with 39 seconds on the clock, but SDSU made her 10th save of the game, and the Aztecs gained possession.
However, freshman Layne Voorhees (Brooklin, Ontario) intercepted a pass, which led to a man-down goal by Annabelle Gilbride (Alexandria, Va.) to tie the game with 20.7 seconds,
Following the ensuing draw control, sophomore Sarah Kasun (Bel Air, Va.) buried the man-down game-winner with just two seconds remaining, extending Denver's winning streak to 10 games.
"It was just a nutty game," head coach Liza Kelly said. "They were just being relentless, and we even pulled Hannah at one point. Not our best performance, but San Diego State really played a great game and were very strong."
Despite being face-guarded most of the game, junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) recorded a game-high four points on two goals and two assists, Remenapp moved into eighth place on the NCAA career assist records with 140 assists.
Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) tallied three points with two goals and an assist for Denver (12-1, 6-0 MPSF). Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) and Gilbride had two goals each, while Kiki Boone(Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) recorded a goal, an assist, three caused turnovers, three draw controls and a pair of ground balls.
San Diego State opened scoring just 53 seconds into the game. Denver tied the score up at 4:20 into the first half off a goal from Harris. At 5:37 into the first half, sophomore Christa Reese (Lutherville, Md.) gave Denver the lead on a free position shot.
Denver and San Diego State played to four lead changes throughout the first half, and the teams went to halftime tie 6-6.
San Diego State opened scoring in the second half just as it did in the first, with a goal 50 seconds after the break.
Boone responded on a free position shot to knot the game at 7-7, and Harris and Remenapp both scored to give the Pioneers a two-goal lead with 17:35 left on the clock.
Remenapp surpassed Kristie Leggio for sixth place on the Denver career points record list with her 218 points, aided by her four points on Friday.
With the 12 goals, Denver's streak has been upped to 43-straight wins when scoring at least 10 goals. The streak dates back to a 16-15 overtime loss to Quinnipiac on April 3rd, 2011.
The win over San Diego State clinched a spot in the 2014 MPSF Tournament, hosted by the Pioneers from May 1-4. The top six teams in the conference at the end of the regular season will play in the tournament with the top two seeds earning bye-games in the first round.
The Pioneers led 34-25 in shots, and the teams were knotted at 15-15 in ground balls and 12-12 in draw controls.
Denver continues the current homestand as they host the USC Trojans on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcasted on Altitude Sports Network.
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