CLERMONT, Fla. -- Sophomore Maggie Connolly scored off the draw in double overtime to lift sixth-ranked Gettysburg to a 13-12 victory against Ithaca at the National Training Center on Thursday afternoon.
Playing in its first overtime game in nearly four years, Gettysburg (4-0) was pushed to the limit by Ithaca (1-3). The Bullets jumped ahead early with four of the first six goals, the last by sophomore Amanda Borucki, pushing the advantage to 4-2 with 12:08 on the scoreboard.
The Bombers rallied with each of the next four scores, including two by Ally Runyon, to take a 6-4 lead into the break.
Gettysburg tied the game with the first two goals of the third period, but Ithaca fired back with two more to retain its advantage. A three-goal run started by Connolly and ending with back-to-back tallies by Borucki lifted the Bullets back in front 9-8 with 14:25 remaining in regulation.
The lead changed hands twice during the next five minutes with Gettysburg regaining the upper hand 11-10 on a goal by sophomore Abby Baigelman at 9:42. Runyon tied the game a little more than two minutes later.
Gettysburg was the aggressor in the final minutes of play, firing off four shots with the score tied. Each of the final two were saved by Ithaca goalie Emily Ross, sending the teams into the first overtime period.
Junior Bridget Kenny struck first for Gettysburg in the overtime period. After switching ends, Ithaca answered as Molly Fischer scored with 1:43 left off a pass by Runyon. The Bombers had a shot at victory inside the final 30 seconds, but Gettysburg goalie Shannon Keeler turned away an attempt by Riley Marion.
The second overtime session was sudden victory and both teams looked for early opportunities to end the contest. Senior Loren Pruitt was denied by Ross and Fischer was thwarted by Keeler yet again in the first two minutes of the session.
After the midpoint of the second overtime period, Connolly won the battle for the draw control and raced down the field to the Ithaca goal. She darted past every defender and fired a shot into the left side of the cage for the game-winner.
Connolly and Borucki each finished with three goals, while Kenny and junior Mandy Buell turned in two scores. Kenny also added seven draw controls and three ground balls. Keeler finished the game with four saves.
Runyon finished with four goals and one assist for Ithaca. Fischer added three goals and one assist, while Ross posted a dozen saves in the goal.
Gettysburg finished with the lead in shots (33-25) and ground balls (17-12), while Ithaca led in draw controls 18-12.