March 1, 2013

Chong's Late Strike Gives St. Mary's First Win

from press release

MORAGA, Calif. -- Jillian Chong's goal with 54 seconds left proved the game-winner as the Saint Mary's lacrosse team scored a thrilling 16-15 win over UC Davis on Friday to earn its first win of the 2013 season.

Chong had a bit of help on the play, as Amanda Cross found the senior from Seattle, Washington near the net. Chong converted on the chance, finding the net and giving Saint Mary's (1-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) the win.

"Our games against Davis are always one-goal games," Saint Mary's coach Lauren Uhr said. "The last couple years, we were on the losing side of those games but tonight we came out on top."

Chong's game winner was made possible by Cross, who less than a minute earlier had evened the score with a goal of her own.

Cross and Chong were two of the offensive catalysts on Friday, with Cross finding the net four times and Chong scoring twice. Rachel Minarovich also scored three goals for Saint Mary's.

UC Davis (1-2, 0-1) looked like it had the lead it needed in overtime when Elizabeth Landry scored a go-ahead goal with 2:32 left in the game. Elizabeth Datino scored five goals to lead the Aggies, and Landry added three.

Both the Gaels and Aggies fought all game, with a chilly night in Moraga providing a backdrop for a raucous celebration once the final horn sounded.

"I told them I wanted to see two things before the game," Uhr said. "That was playing as a team on offense and executing and showing for each other and communicating on defense. We did both those things today, and chipped away at the details when we needed to and came away with the win."


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