Towson, Md. – Senior attacker Emily Shafer (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) propelled the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team to their fourth win of the season as Shafer found the back of the net with just six seconds left in regulation, earning St. Mary's a 10-9 non-conference win over the host Goucher College Gophers.
Sophomore Rita Meissner (Yonkers, N.Y.) made good on a free position shot at the 6:18-minute mark of the second half to break an 8-8 draw and give Goucher a 9-8 edge. With under a minute left to play, Shafer tied up the game for the fourth time with an unassisted goal. Shafer then struck again 49 seconds later with another unassisted tally.
Shafer finished the afternoon with game-highs of four goals and five points while first-year midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) added a hat trick and an assist.
Goucher (6-3) opened up with a 2-0 lead at 24:30 before first-year attacker Taylor Sartor (Towson, Md./Loch Raven) put the Seahawks on the board off an assist by senior midfielder Lauren Gray (Edgewater, Md./South River). The teams then alternated the game's next five goals with the Gophers getting the last word in for a 5-3 host lead at halftime.
Midfielders Erin Reifsnyder (Austin, Texas) and Hannah Khin (Portsmouth, N.H.) paced Goucher in the loss with three goals each while four Gophers finished with four ground balls apiece, giving the hosts a 23-17 margin in that category.
Shafer and Newman converted a pair of free position shots to draw even with Goucher, 5-5, at 28:16. The Gophers responded with a 3-1 run to post an 8-6 advantage with 17:21 left to play. Shafer and Newman once again answered the call for St. Mary's, tying up the score at 8-8 at 12:27.
St. Mary's (4-6) picked up a 13-8 margin in draw controls as sophomore defender Paige Decker (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) and first-year midfielder Brynn Miller (Frederick, Md./Urbana) each won four draws while Decker led the Seahawks with four ground balls.
Sophomore Michelle DiMenna (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) got the start for St. Mary's, making eight saves in 41 minutes, before first-year Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) earned the win in the final 19 minutes with just one stop. Senior Ashley Shaner (Pottstown, Pa.) tallied 14 saves for Goucher.
St. Mary's will be back in action this Saturday, March 30 when the Seahawks welcome Wesley College to Seahawk Stadium for a Capital Athletic Conference game at 3:00 pm.
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