Sagehens Fall In Overtime Of SCIAC Finals

Claremont, Calif. – Pomona-Pitzer sophomore attacker Aubrey Douglass tied the score 10-10 with just 6.5 seconds left in regulation, but the Redlands Women's Lacrosse team took control in the extra session behind two goals from sophomore attacker Stephanie Garrett and captured a 14-12 win over the Sagehens in the SCIAC Tournament finals on Saturday.

(tying goal from Douglass - #24 - pictured)

Garrett had five goals and two assists for Redlands, including two of her team's four goals in overtime. Douglass led the Sagehens with three goals and one assist.

With the loss Pomona-Pitzer falls to 16-4 overall and 9-3 in SCIAC games, while Redlands improves to 13-4 overall and 10-2 in league play.

Redlands led 9-7 in the second half, before the Sagehens bounced back to tie the score 9-9 on a free position shot from freshman midfielder Hannah Christenson with 9:57 to go. Garrett gave the Bulldogs back the lead at 10-9 with 8:30 to go, and the score stayed frozen as Redlands killed off an extra-man opportunity for the Sagehens, with freshman goalie Gigja Hollyday twice stopping Pomona-Pitzer's free position shots.

The Sagehens called timeout with 2:15 to play, but couldn't break down the Redlands defense until the clock ticked under 10 seconds. Douglass then made a cut to the middle, dropped her stick and slipped a low shot into the net through traffic to tie the score 10-10.

The momentum didn't carry over, though, as Garrett won the first draw control of overtime and drew a foul, then made a direct sprint to net to score the goal that put the Bulldogs ahead to stay. Senior attacker Allie Hoffler spun baseline to make it 12-10 and the Bulldogs beat a Sagehen trap with senior midfielder Jacky Craycraft sneaking in weak side to take a pass from Hoffler and score unmarked to push the lead to 13-10.

Christenson scored with just 12 seconds left in the first overtime, but Redlands responded with a buzzer beater, as freshman midfielder Breanne Rideout got to a pass in front of the net in a crowd off a feed from freshman midfielder Dulce Moll to push the lead back to three heading into the second half of overtime.

Douglass scored on a free position shot right after the opening draw control to close the gap to 14-12, but the Sagehens turned it over after winning the next draw control and Redlands was able to virtually kill the entire clock, getting to a pair of loose balls in the offensive end to prevent Pomona-Pitzer from gaining possession. Hollyday made one final save off the stick of freshman attacker Rebecca Long with 20 seconds to go to prevent the Sagehens from a potential chance to tie.

The Sagehens led 5-1 early, but Redlands came all the way back to take a 6-5 lead before the teams went into the break tied 7-7, with Pomona-Pitzer having seven different goal scorers account for their seven first half goals. The Sagehens took only eight shots in the first half and scored on seven, with the other hitting the post.

Senior midfielder Kk McCaslin added three goals for Redlands, while Hollyday finished with seven saves after taking over to start the second half. Christenson and Long each had two goals for Pomona-Pitzer in support of Douglass.

The SCIAC does not have an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, so both teams will await NCAA selections on Monday to find out their postseason fate. Redlands took two out of three from Pomona-Pitzer (with all three games going to overtime) and won the SCIAC title 16 points to 15, combining regular season round-robin play and the SCIAC Tournament.