Lacrosse falls in triple overtime
Matt Gad—Sports Writer
Freshman Karlie Rowe and senior co-captain Samantha Cozzolino showcased a dazzling offensive display Saturday as they combined for 13 of the Owls’ 16 goals in a back-and-forth triple-over-time loss to Franklin Pierce.
“[Karlie] stepped up big today,” Cozzolino said. “It was just a good day. She got the shots on net and they went in — she’s been doing great as a freshman.”
Rowe scored seven times, twice in the first half and five times in the second, to pick up a freshman scoring record. More than that, Rowe’s seven goals were also the most a single player on the team has scored since Cozzolino accomplished the feat over Southern New Hampshire last April.
The last time the Owls went to sudden-death overtime they won, 13-12, at Saint Michael’s, keying the team’s second win of the season, both coming on the road after they defeated Post the game prior for Kevin Siedlecki’s first ever win as a collegiate head coach.
“We know Sam’s a leader – our game plan in overtime against Saint Michael’s was [to] win the draw control and get it to our senior captain so she can win the game,” Siedlecki said. “In this one, [Franklin Pierce] knew we would do that. Karlie got a few looks that weren’t great …but make no mistake, I’m extremely proud of this group. We were down 10-6 at halftime and we clawed back.”
Rowe jump-started the Owls out of the break, off an unassisted goal, just like she closed out half number one. It was back-and-forth late but the team scored three unanswered late in the second half to trail by just one at 15-14.
After Franklin Pierce’s Caroline Lounsbury scored with 4:51 left, Cozzolino answered again with back-to-back goals to force overtime before Savannah Ernst gave the Falcons a 17-16 win in the triple overtime.
“It’s intense but it’s also really fun. The program Kevin has made is where we’re playing for our teammates and we love and are there for each other,” she said. “We played a really competitive game that we’re not really that upset about.”
Franklin Pierce is now 6-3 overall and 2-5 in the NE10, while the Owls are 2-9 and 1-6 in conference play.
“We played more than a full game with a team that’s right in the middle of the NE10,” Siedlecki said. “The win didn’t go our way but we’re playing overtime games with mid-tier NE10 teams and we came back and showed heart and that’s what I’m looking for.”
While he did set a five-win goal for the team this year, a goal he said they may still be able to get, he is now just looking for positives.
“You can’t win every game; we just brought two of three games into overtime and won one and didn’t win the other and that’s okay,” Siedlecki said. “Karlie is so, so talented and she’s just a freshman. We knew she had that kind of performance in her and she just needs to continue to develop the consistency to take over for Sam [next year.]”
Going forward, the team has six games remaining — they played Adelphi yesterday, and on Saturday they head to Waltham, Mass. to face Bentley, then next week they go down to Le Moyne before coming back home to end the season with Southern New Hampshire, Assumption and Stonehill.
“Southern New Hampshire and Stonehill are the two on my radar where we can still go out and have a really good chance to win,” Siedlecki said. “We can’t control the wins and the losses all the time but this season is measured entirely on how we grow.
Photo Credit: August Pelliccio