Before yesterday's showdown between her Saints and visiting Dulaney, St. Mary's coach Sue Chittim sat senior Caroline Cochran down for a chat.
"I felt like she and I weren't communicating well, and I told her what I wanted, which was the best from her at all times," Chittim said.
Even though she wasn't around to see it, that's exactly what she got. Cochran scored on a free position with 49 seconds left in the second period of overtime to rally St. Mary's to a 12-11 win over the Lions in a game that was played mostly in a driving rainstorm. The Saints trailed 6-2 at the half.
Melissa Perkins led seventh-ranked St. Mary's with three goals. Paige Messersmith, Tricia Webster and Ana Heneberry each scored two goals to pace No. 11 Dulaney.
"I knew the pressure was on, but I've been in situations like this before," said Cochran, who will play lacrosse at Virginia next season. "We had talked about how to beat [Dulaney goalie Hannah Whitely] during the break, so I bounced it at her feet and it went in. She played excellent, and I was fortunate that it went in."
After St. Mary's took a 1-0 lead just 1:25 into the game, Dulaney (5-3) scored six of the next seven goals to take a 6-2 lead into halftime. Heneberry led the Lions with two goals in the first half.
St. Mary's looked like a different team after halftime. The Saints (8-4) used goals by Haydon Judge, Megan Schrum, Jen Fox and Perkins to tie the score at 6 with 14:15 remaining.
Dulaney took a 9-8 lead on Webster's goal with 5:09 left, but St. Mary's dominated the possessions afterward. With 2:09 left, Chittim was ejected for arguing a call with one of the officials, and her departure seemed to spark the Saints.
With just 16 seconds left, the Saints' Julie Schindel curled from behind the net and beat Whitely to tie the score at 9 and force overtime.
With the game tied at 11 in overtime, the Saints picked up a loose ground ball and controlled the possession until Cochran was fouled to set up the game-winner.
"I told them before the game that the team that played with passion and got the ground balls would win," Chittim said. "It turns out I was right."