The Notre Dame Prep lacrosse team scored six straight goals to open its game Monday, and even went up by seven in the first half before visiting Bryn Mawr rallied.
When the game went to overtime, Sydney Rosa made the play that helped the Blazers avoid a wasteful loss.
Rosa battled through traffic in front of the goal, picked up a loose ball and scored with 30.1 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to give No. 3 Notre Dame Prep a wild 14-13 victory over No. 8 Bryn Mawr in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.
Rosa said she saw a teammate's shot hit goalie Maia Faraone's foot and realized she had a chance at getting the loose ball. After working her way through other players by the goal, Rosa did just that.
"I wanted to get the ball," said Rosa, who finished with two goals. "I scooped it up; it ended up in my stick, and I turned … and saw an opening and fired it in."
Overtime did not seem necessary early in the game, as Notre Dame Prep (6-3, 2-2) held leads of 6-0 and 8-1 in the first half. The Blazers kept Bryn Mawr from crossing midfield until they had a 4-0 lead, and went into intermission up 9-4 after dominating play throughout the opening half.
In the first 25 minutes, Notre Dame Prep had won many of the draws, made good passes and found scoring chances throughout the arc. The second half was a different story, as Bryn Mawr (6-1, 5-1) began controlling most of the draws and held possession for long stretches. Olivia Rubin (five goals) scored four times in the second half, the last one coming on a free-position shot that gave the Mawrtians their first lead, 13-12, with 2:51 remaining.
The Blazers bounced back, tying the game on a free-position shot by Caitlyn Mossman (three goals, one assist) that hit Faraone's stick and dribbled into the net with 1:14 left. That forced overtime and set up Rosa's game-winning score.
Hannah Mardiney led Notre Dame Prep with three goals and two assists, while Ellie Curry (two goals, two assists) also helped out. Abbey Hurlbrink and Virginia Oursler both scored two goals for the Mawrtians, who also got a solid game from Faraone in goal (13 saves).
Bryn Mawr "got the draws in the second half," Notre Dame Prep coach Mac Ford said. "We hung in there. They played a whale of a second half [after] we played a great first half. We just hung in there and made the plays."
Ford also was happy with the work of Jordan Sabourin, who helped with three draws late in the second half and overtime that slowed the Bryn Mawr offense. The Mawrtians still had the ball for some time in the extra period, but the Blazers also got their opportunities.
Bryn Mawr coach Brooke Matthews said she was proud of the way her team came back in the second half. Hurlbrink was on the circle and helped secure the loose ball after draws, a big reason the Mawrtians took over and scored nine second-half goals.
Matthews did not like to lose, but she wore a big smile afterwards because of how Bryn Mawr kept fighting.
"Mixed emotions, for sure," she said. "We're always striving for the wins but kept saying, 'Chip away, chip away.' I couldn't be prouder of them."
NDP 14, Bryn Mawr 13
Goals: B- O. Rubin 5, Hurlbrink 2, Oursler 2, Marino, McCormack, Feary, Mather; N- H. Mardiney 3, Mossman 3, Curry 2, Rosa 2, Halleron 2, Hoffman, Barger. Assists: B- Lopez; N- H. Mardiney 2, Curry 2, Mossman, Corbo. Saves: B- Faraone 13; N- Yager 6, Stamas 1. Half: N, 9-4. End regulation: 13-13.