Triple-overtime defeat by MSU devastates lacrosse

The Ramapo College women’s lacrosse team lost a triple-overtime thriller to Montclair State University (MSU) on Tuesday by a score of 13-12. The loss pushed the Roadrunners’ record down to 4-9 overall and 0-4 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), while the Red Hawks improved to 4-8 on the season, including 1-1 in the conference.

Ramapo sophomore Kelly Griffin got the scoring started just over two minutes into the game. It was her 31st goal on the season and the first of five she scored on the day. About 30 seconds later, MSU responded with a goal by Margie Quintana, her fourth of the year.

After Quintana’s goal, the Roadrunners rattled off five straight to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Erin Smeilus scored twice in the quarter with her goals being just five minutes apart. They were her 14th and 15th goals of the season, and the last two to be scored in the first.

Halfway through the second quarter, Colleen Mason buried her team-leading 43rd goal of the season, and the first of three for her in the game. Less than 20 seconds later, Griffin scored again and then Kaylie Gresek scored her 12th of the season,

The women’s lacrosse team fought into triple overtime. Photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics

rounding out Ramapo’s scoring for the quarter before MSU got one back, making the score 6-2 heading into halftime.

MSU came out of the half firing, scoring three goals in the first five minutes to bring the score to within one. Ramapo extended the lead a bit with Griffin’s third goal of the game, but MSU’s Chelsea Stack scored back-to-back goals to tie the game at seven. Bethany Glaser scored as Ramapo retook the lead, but back-to-back goals by MSU’s Ashley Petrosine — including one as time expired — sent MSU into the fourth quarter with a 9-8 lead.

The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair as both teams traded goals and the score slowly ticked up. Mason scored two goals around Petrosine’s third of the game, and then MSU took a two-goal lead thanks to goals from Stack and Haylee Roller.

With just two minutes left in regulation, the Roadrunners found themselves down by two. However, Griffin would not let Ramapo go down easily as she scored two goals to tie the game at 12 and send it into overtime, the final goal coming with just 13 seconds remaining.

After two scoreless overtime periods, both teams found themselves exhausted as the game moved into a third overtime. MSU prevailed, with Joelle D’Angelo scoring the game-winning goal with just two minutes left in the third overtime. It was her ninth of the year and it sent MSU home with a victory.

Ramapo’s Alyssa Curto was credited with the loss. She made 10 saves on the day. The win went to Joey Grotkopf who collected 14 saves in the game.

The Roadrunners return to action on Monday as they host the United States Merchant Marine Academy at 4 p.m. After that, they will host No. 4 The College of New Jersey on Saturday, April 29 in the Morgan’s Message Dedication Game. That game will begin at 1 p.m.

Featured photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics