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Women's Lacrosse-CH - Sun, Apr. 20, 2014

Belleville, Ill. – The Robert Morris Women's Lacrosse team won its first ever NWLL National Championship, using two goals in the final ninety seconds of play to defeat the two-time defending NWLL National Champion Savannah College of Art & Design (Ga.) by the score of 13-12 on Saturday, April 19th at Lindenwood University-Belleville.   Anna Schaefer picked up the final two goals for the Eagles on her way to being named the National Championship game Most Outstanding Player.

SCAD jumped out to an early lead after picking up two goals in the first three minutes of play. Rachel Ackley picked up the first goal for the Lady Bees after an assist from Charlotte Cutts. Charlotte Walters picked up her first goal just over two minutes later. The Eagles got on the board with 25:28 remaining in the first half when Schaefer picked up the first of her four goals in the game. Taylor O'Gara was credited with the assist.

The Lady Bees extended their lead back to two when Kayla Nelson tallied her first goal of the game. Robert Morris came right back with a pair of goals to tie the game at three with under fifteen minutes left in the first half. Jennifer Smith and Meghan Brady each picked up their first goals of the game. The Lady Bees regained the lead just under seven minutes later when Sophie Cutts found the back of the net for her first goal.

RMU would not go away though, picking up the next two goals and taking a 5-4 lead with under five minutes left in the first half. O'Gara picked up her first goal of the game, followed by Smith's second goal. SCAD came right back and tied the game up at five after Charlotte Cutts netted her first goal of the half.

Just as it looked like the game would be tied at the half, the Lady Eagles went on the attack with under thirty seconds remaining and grabbed the lead. Brady picked up her second goal of the game after a perfect pass from Mary Prunte with twelve seconds remaining in the half. The Eagles held a 6-5 lead at the break.

The Lady Bees came out in the second half and picked up the first two goals to once again take the lead. Nelson notched both goals for the Lady Bees, her second and third goals of the game. The Eagles came back just over a minute later and tied the game up at seven. Smith tallied her third to force the fifth tie of the game.

Jordan Cook gave the lead right back to the Lady Bees after she found the back of the net with 24:36 remaining. From there the Eagles would pick up the next three goals of the game and take a two goal lead, their largest lead of the game. O'Gara, Schafer, and Smith each picked up a goal during the run.

Sophie Cutts cut the deficit to one after she netted her second goal of the game with 11:27 remaining. Mary Prunte extended the lead right back to two after she picked up an unassisted goal with 9:31remaining.

SCAD went on a run of their own, picking up three straight goals to take a one goal lead with just under two minutes remaining. Joanna Ehatt was credited with her first goal of the game to start the run, and Halley Fauvelle and Nelson picked up the final two goals.

With 1:19 remaining, Schaefer tied the game up at 12-12 and gave the Eagles the lead for good 38 seconds later. RMU used strong defense in the final 30 seconds to preserve the victory, winning 13-12 for its first NWLL National Championship.

Smith and Schaefer led RMU with four goals apiece. Smith also added two ground balls. Brady and O'Gara each finished with two goals, while O'Gara added two draw controls. Prunte chipped in a goal, three ground balls, and two draw controls. Quintina Mengyan picked up the win in net for the Eagles after picking up seven saves.

Nelson finished with a game high eight points, including four goals and four assists for the Lady Bees. Sophie Cutts added two goals on three shots. Charlotte Cutts, Ackley, Walters, Cook, Fauvelle, and Ehatt each added one goal respectively. Jenny Danko finished with 10 saves in the losing effort.

With the win, the Eagles finish the season with a 17-4 record.  The Lady Bees pick up their first loss of the season and finish 15-1.

Story compliments of Matthew Ankenbrandt - NWLL & LIndenwood-Belleville Sports Information Director