[-/19] Denver Edges Past [18/RV] Louisville in Triple Overtime
Sophomore Elizabeth Behrins pots a hat trick with her game-winner in extra time
Feb. 18, 2017
DENVER - Sophomore Elizabeth Behrins stepped up to the arc for the [-/19] University of Denver women's lacrosse program early in the third overtime period against [18/RV] Louisville on Saturday and laced a shot past Brittany Read to catapult the Pioneers (4-0) to their best start in program history, besting the Cardinals (3-1) in a marathon match.
The last overtime win for the Crimson and Gold came on April 10, 2011, with a 15-14 decision on the road against UC Davis.
"This was a great win," said head coach Liza Kelly, "I think that the girls really wanted to focus on taking care of business on our home turf and Louisville is a great team that is well coached as their goalie is outstanding.
"I think it was a great learning game for us to know we can dig in against a great opponent and come out victorious."
Behrins, a sophomore from Basking Ridge, N.J., finished with three goals and two points in the contest to connect for her third hat trick of the season, while sophomore teammate Kendra Lanuza posted four points on a pair of goals and assists to supplement the attack.
Seniors Layne Voorhees and Hunter Gray anchored a defensive look that forced 11 caused turnovers, finishing with four and two, respectively, while the pair each ended with two ground balls. Senior Maddy Stevenson took the win for Denver, making five saves and grabbing three ground balls in the process.
Hannah Koloski led UL in scoring with four goals, while Meghan Siverson added her hat trick on three goals to go with seven draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Read took the loss in the net despite making 13 saves in the contest.
Louisville struck first, getting a goal from Siverson at 24:55 to open up the scoring, but Eggeman had the response ready as she potted a pass from Lanuza at 20:54 to knot the game at 1-1.
Lanuza took matters into her own hands mere seconds later as she fired off her 10th goal of the season at 20:18 to double up the Cardinals' at 2-1, following up with a goal-for-goal performance as DU and UL traded shots through the majority of the half with Lanuza and Behrins picking up a total of four points in the frame and the final tie with 2:43 remaining at 5-5.
Behrins rifled home the final goal of the half with 1:10 left as she converted her attempt from the arc to give the hosts a 6-5 leading heading into the locker room.
Denver wasted little time in the second half, getting a goal from Schreck at the 26:52 mark of the stanza, putting the Pioneers up two before Louisville had the response at 23:57 on Koloski's second goal of the game.
Fischer fired off her second goal of the afternoon just past the 20-minute mark, but the Cardinals had an answer at 18:04 and got the equalizer on Koloski's hat trick at 15:21 for an 8-8 score.
The Pioneers battled back from a one-goal deficit after Siverson connected on her hat trick around the 10-minute mark, but Feiss was ready as she took a feed from Caitlin Derry at 6:28 to even the score yet again before Scheck put DU on top at 10-9 with less than five minutes remaining.
The Cardinals scrambled for another goal, tying the contest at 10 apiece with 3:44 on the timer as neither side gained the final advantage after Derry had her shot saved at 1:04 before Koloski's shot at the end of regulation was blocked by the Denver defense, forcing overtime.
The first two overtime periods had a combined total of 11 shots between the squads as Louisville took two in the opener to Denver's one, while the Pioneers fired off seven in the second overtime to the Cardinals' one, prompting four saves from Read in the process.
DU was awarded the draw to open the third overtime frame after UL was issued a yellow card, and it turned into a timely mistake by the visitors as Behrins drew a free position attempt less than 30 seconds later and converted from the arc for her 11th of the season to propel Denver to a thrilling 11-10 triple overtime win.
The Pioneers will remain at home next week as they host UC Davis on Friday, February 24, with opening draw set for 1 p.m. MT.
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