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Sailfish Prevail Over Mountain Lions in Overtime

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via PBA press release/website, by Brad Seitz, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications


YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s lacrosse team wrapped up a three-game spring break non-conference road trip by taking on Young Harris College today. The offense put PBA ahead early, and the Sailfish eventually came out on top in overtime 14-13 to move PBA’s record to 3-5 on the season.

The two sides traded goals early on as this looked like it was turning into a shootout from the get-go. Olivia Larges and Sara Metheny each scored early as the game was tied 2-2 within the opening five minutes of play. Abigail Francis started a 3-0 PBA goal-scoring run as Larges netted two more to complete her hat trick inside of seven minutes in the game. The Mountain Lions would score the next three goals to tie the game up at 5-5 before PBA would close the quarter with an offensive fury as Ella Howlin, Larges, and Metheny scored again as PBA led 8-5 after the first.

After another Metheny goal to open the second quarter, the Sailfish attack would go quiet for nearly 16 minutes the game slowed down and the Mountain Lions got back into the game and tied things up at 9-9 halfway through the third. When it looked like things might be slipping, PBA answered the call with four straight goals from Katie Avena, two from Howlin, and Metheny as the ‘Fish looked in command up 13-9 with 12 minutes remaining. 

The home side made a late run at the game as they scored the next three goals followed by a fourth to tie the game with just over a minute remaining. The two sides went into a sudden victory overtime and late into the overtime before Howlin scored with just seconds remaining for the ‘Fish from a free-position shot to claim the victory.

Larges, Metheny, and Howlin did the heavy lifting offensively as the trio each scored four goals on the day. Hunter Levinson helped facilitate the attack by dishing out two assists for PBA. Katie Caras continues her strong work defensively as she caused a team-high two turnovers and scooped up three ground balls. PBA won the draw control battle 16-15 in large part to Mattie Davis who won seven for the game. The Sailfish continue to ride the hot hand in goal and today it was Georgia Karns who came in early in the third quarter for starter Courtney Rausch. Karns made 10 saves while allowing just five goals to earn the victory in net.

Non-conference play is now over for the ‘Fish and they will begin the gauntlet of the Sunshine State Conference schedule on April 1 at Rollins. The Tars are 10-0 on the season and ranked No. 9 in the nation.