Melesh Hits with Late Game-Winner as Women's Lacrosse Defeats East Stroudsburg 14-13
March 9, 2011
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Pfeiffer University junior Liz Melesh (Annapolis, MD) gave her team their one and only lead of the day with 4:19 remaining as the Lady Falcons came back for a 14-13 win over East Stroudsburg in non-conference women’s lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon. The victory pushes Pfeiffer to 4-2 on the year while the Warriors dip to 1-2.
East Stroudsburg held the lead all afternoon until Melesh’s strike in the final minutes. ESU’s Molly O’Hara (Glen Mills, PA) and Pfeiffer’s Alex Cook (Commack, NY) traded early goals just 1:26 in while Cook did the same minutes later with the Warriors’ Ali Green (North Wales, PA).
ESU would take the lead on a Jamie Wesztergom (Oreland, PA) goal at 19:55 of the first after an assist from Danielle Marceca (Oakland, NJ). O’Hara made it a 4-2 lead for the visitors just 33 seconds later as Michelle Mangiaruga (North Wales, PA) picked up the helper.
With 3:24 left in the first half, Pfeiffer’s Natalie Marvin (South Berwick, ME) notched an unassisted goal to make it a two-goal Warrior lead, but final strikes from O’Hara and Mangiaruga in the final two minutes put ESU up 7-5 at the break.
Out of the intermission, three goals, two man-down, by Marvin, Jessica Moulton (Huntingtown, MD) and Melesh quickly brought the Lady Falcons back into the game down 9-8 just 4:05 into the second half.
Mangiaruga single-handily responded for ESU with two rapid goals 33 seconds apart that put the Warriors back up three with 19:32 to go. For the first time all afternoon, the Lady Falcons tied the contest with three-straight for an 11-11 game with 15:36 to go. Moulton would tally twice in that stretch with a Marvin goal sandwiched in-between.
Playing man-down, ESU would re-take the lead on a Molly McLenigan (Lafayette Hill, PA) at 14:28 followed by O’Hara hitting again at 13:15 to give the Warriors momentum and a two-goal lead back. Melesh would start the comeback making it a one-goal contest with 12:56 remaining while Cook found the back of the net on a free position shot with 6:09 left to square the game once again, this time at 13-all. Less than two minutes later, Melesh would tally her unassisted game-winner for the comeback win.
Marvin led the Lady Falcons with four goals on the afternoon while Melesh, Cook and Moulton each had three. Shannon Bonnel (Mechanicsville, MD) corralled a team-best six groundballs with five caused turnovers while Amanda Smith (Hagerstown, MD) controlled seven draws. For ESU, O’Hara led all scorers with five goals while Mangiaruga scored three with three assists. Sophomore netminder Kaitlyn Booth (Winter Springs, FL) made eight saves in the win.
Pfeiffer gets back to action on Friday afternoon taking on #3 Lock Haven in a neutral site contest in Salem, VA. The Lady Falcons will then turn around to host #5 Le Moyne at 12:00 p.m. Saturday.