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Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Edged Out By Newberry In Overtime
Isabelle Dunnam tied the single-game program record with seven caused turnovers in the contest.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Edged Out By Newberry in Overtime

Jolan Morey and Suzy Smith each scored a pair of goals in the fourth quarter to take a 9-8 lead, but Newberry tied the game with 2:35 left to force overtime, and then scored with just 50 seconds left in the overtime period to defeat the Lenoir-Rhyne 10-9 on Wednesday afternoon inside Moretz Stadium. Isabelle Dunnam tied the single-game program record with seven caused turnovers in the contest.

After the Wolves scored first, Kaitlyn Cavanaugh tied it up with her 10th goal of the season. Each team only found the back of the net once in the opening quarter. Cavanaugh then scored again to gave the Bears a quick 2-1 lead before Newberry scored the next four goals to open a 5-2 lead.

The teams traded goals right before the half as the Wolves took a 6-3 lead into halftime. The Wolves got the first goal of the second half, then Alexa Burghardt scored her second goal to cut it to 7-4.

Suzy Smith then scored to cut the lead to two heading into the final quarter. Smith and Jolan Morey opened the 4th with goals to tie the game at seven.

After the Wolves took the lead again, the same duo of Smith and Morey scored again to gave the Bears a 9-8 lead with 4:13 to play. However, the Wolves’ Chloe Wood scored her 48th goal of the season to tie it at 9-9 with just 2:35 left which then forced overtime.

Wood then found the back of the net with just :50 seconds left in the first overtime period to gave the Wolves the win. Teanna Sieben had eight saves on the afternoon.

Dunham had five ground balls to go with her seven caused turnovers. Both teams had 26 shots and 18 shots on goal but Newberry won one more draw control (12-11) on the afternoon.

Smith’s second goal was her 65th career goal for the junior. The last overtime game for LR was last year’s 12-11 lost in the opening round of the SAC Conference Tournament at UVA-Wise.

The Bears fall to 1-4 in overtime all-time and 0-3 inside Moretz. Newberry’s win was the first for them against the Bears all-time. LR won the first 11 in the series.

Dunnam tied Claire Wach’s record of seven caused turnovers.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 4-7 overall, 2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will host UVA-Wise on Saturday at 2:00 PM.