ECU lacrosse tops Gardner-Webb for first win in program history
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. --- Freshman Megan Pallozzi scored four goals and found the back of the net 40 seconds into overtime to give ECU its first-ever lacrosse win Sunday afternoon with a 15-14 overtime victory against Gardner-Webb.
The Pirates trailed 14-13 after the Bulldogs’ Em Dyment scored with 1:58 remaining in regulation. ECU sophomore Mackell Schultes then tied the game with her second goal of the day as only 50 seconds remained before the sudden death overtime period would ensue.
ECU held a three-goal advantage, 5-2, with 9:52 to play in the first half and led 5-4 at intermission.
The Pirates out-shot the Bulldogs by seven, 38-31.
ECU was 14-of-18 on clears and 2-of-8 on free position shots.
Pallozzi led the Pirates with four goals on 10 shots and won a team-high five draw controls.
Nicole Legar recorded a hat trick with three goals on three shots.
Schultes and Casey Sullivan scored two goals apiece with Sullivan also assisting on two goals as did Emma Bowman.
Abbey Smith picked up her first victory in goal, saving 12 shots in 63 minutes played.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sullivan scored the game’s first goal 18 seconds into the contest, then the Bulldogs scored the next two before the Pirates scored four straight to take a 5-2 lead with 9:52 to play in the first half.
Gardner-Webb scored the final two goals of the first half and the Pirates led 5-4 at intermission.
ECU and GWU traded goals for the first five minutes of the second half before Francis tied the game at 7-all.
Schultes and Madison Lear scored consecutive goals to give ECU a 10-8 advantage with 18:28 to play.
Talen Francis tied the game at 11-11 and then again at 12-12 before Legar put ECU up 13-12 with 3:42 to play.
Em Dyment gave GWU its first lead since the opening two minutes when she found the back of the net with 1:58 to play.
Schultes tied the game at 14-14 and Pallozzi gave the Pirates their first win with 2:20 remaining in sudden death overtime.
QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH AMANDA BARNES
“This was a team win and an absolute battle till the end. We showed a ton of hustle to get the ball back and win the draws down the stretch.
“One of our big positive takeaways will be that we are capable and confident to execute and scrap for the ball when the game is on the line. We've learned a lot of lessons the last two games as a program and it's positive to see us starting to apply what we've learned in games.
“Megan Pallozzi was fantastic all over the field for us, on the draw and finishing on the last possession and Abby Smith made a lot of big time saves for us which really helped spark our defense and keep momentum at different stretches.”
ECU returns home to face Liberty Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Johnson Stadium. The first draw is scheduled for 4 p.m.