Wuorio's game-high fifth goal helps Lasell top Simmons for GNAC crown
NEWTON, Mass. -- Lasell capped a perfect Great Northeast Athletic Conference regular season with a 15-14 victory against Simmons in the conference championship game. Britney Wuorio scored with 16 seconds remaining in the second half to untie a 14-all game and send the Lasers to their first GNAC championship.
Wuorio led Lasell with five goals and one assist in the game. Caitlyn Brecher added three goals and one assist. Ashley Slattery chipped in with two goals and three assists and Bridget Doherty tallied three goals. Sammy Long earned the victory in the cage, making six saves in the contest.
Rachel Wallace netted five goals to pace the Sharks' offense. Stephanie Oliveri added four goals and one assist while Greer Gilbert scored three times and Callie Warnock notched a pair of goals. Crystal Derosier stopped eight shots while taking the loss in the goal for Simmons.
Britney Wuorio started the scoring with an unassisted goal two minutes into the opening half. Oliveri evened the game at one with 26:28 remaining in the game.
Slattery put Lasell back in front on a free-position goal and Doherty fired a feed from Slattery into the cage to give Lasell a 3-1 lead. Warnock brought Simmons back within a goal at 3-2 with 19:50 to play in the first half, but the Lasers answered with three unanswered goals to take a 6-2 lead with 8:55 remaining in the half.
Wallace netted a pair of goals 30 seconds apart and Gilbert notched an unassisted goal with 5:56 remaining to bring Simmons back within a goal at 6-5. Wuorio scored to put Lasell back up by two goals. Consecutive goals by Brecher put Lasell back in control with a 9-5 lead. Wallace finished a feed in transition with five seconds remaining in the first half to cut the Lasell lead back to 9-6 heading into the half.
Simmons cut its deficit to two with a goal by Oliveri a minute and a half into the second half. However, Lasell pushed its lead back to four goals at 11-7 with consecutive unassisted goals by Wuorio and Bridget Munnelly with 26:11 remaining in the game.
Simmons responded with three consecutive goals to cut the Lasell lead to 11-10 with 19:49 left in the contest. Rebecca Stanton found a cutting Doherty on the crease and Brecher scored on a pass from Slattery to put Lasell on top 13-10 with 10 minutes to play in the game. Gilbert and Wuorio traded goals to put Lasell in front five with just more than five minutes to play.
Oliveri scored on a free-position attempt with 4:47 to play and Rachel Wallace converted a transition opportunity with 2:09 left in the contest to make it a 14-13 game and set up the late-game scenario.
Simmons controlled the ensuing draw and after a retaining possession following a failed free-position shot, Warnock beat Long in the top corner of the cage, tying the game at 14 with 44 seconds remaining.
Lasell came out of a timeout and Stanton collected the draw for the Lasers, and fed a cutting Brecher heading to the goal. Wuorio slipped a defender and curled in front of the net where Brecher fed her for the game-winning goal with 20 seconds remaining in the game. Lasell grabbed the final draw of the game and ran out the final 20 seconds to secure the win.
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