Melissa Anderson's goal with six minutes left in regulation gave No. 6-ranked St. Mary's a 2-1 win over No. 5 Notre Dame Prep yesterday in Towson.
Sophomore midfielder Lauren Moore, who left the game late in the first half with a knee injury, gave the Pirates (8-2-1) a 1-0 first- half lead before the visiting Saints (8-2-2) rallied for the win.
Tying the game late in the first half on a goal from Mary Key, the Saints dominated the second half before getting Anderson's game-winner in the closing minutes.
In what coach Mark Deaton called a pivotal week, his Pirates dropped their second straight league game following Monday's loss to No. 2 John Carroll.
"I feel like we're getting better," Deaton said. "The defense has stabilized and we're trying to work off each other more. The first half, we were working the ball well. We were stabbing at the ball too much today and I think we got a little tired at the end."