California Survives Late Rally to Defeat Bobcat Lacrosse
Save on game-tying shot with 13 seconds left spoils six-goal effort by Lindsey Hart
Contact: Jim Stephan
Lindsey Hart scored six goals, but the Bobcats could not rally against California.
ATHENS, Ohio – California broke a 7-7 tie with three straight goals and Eden Coehlo saved a free position shot with 13 seconds left as the Golden Bears defeated Ohio 12-11 in a non-conference lacrosse match Friday afternoon at Pruitt Field. Lindsey Hart, the nation’s fourth-leading scorer, tallied six goals to lead all attackers, while Carley Preble was one of eight of Golden Bears to find the net with three strikes.
Ohio jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 3:44 when Hart struck for two unassisted goals. Cal broke onto the scoreboard at the 9:38 mark when Julianne Wu answered unassisted. Hart’s third goal of the game – on a free position shot – gave the Bobcats a 3-1 lead, but Colleen O’Mara returned the deficit to one, 3-2 with a goal at 17:01.
Lynz Keys tallied back-to-back goals less than three minutes apart to push the lead to 5-2 with 6:33 remaining in the first half, but Cal responded with three straight goals to tie the score at intermission. O’Mara scored her second at 25:15, followed 55 seconds later by a goal by Carley Preble. Emily Edwards hit the equalizer with 18 seconds left in the period.
The Bobcats broke the tie 52 seconds into the second stanza on a free position attempt by Becky Oxman, but Edwards knotted the score at six 24 seconds later. The Golden Bears took their first lead of the contest at the 32:35 mark on Preble’s second goal. Another free position goal by Oxman evened the game at seven before Cal found the net three times in less than five minutes for a 10-7 advantage. Jessica Liu, Molly Brady and Kally Perkins were the scorers.
Keys completed her hat trick and made the score 10-8 with just under 11 minutes to play before the teams started trading goals. Hart cut the gap to one, 10-9, on an unassisted goal at the 53:15 mark, but Cal answered 41 seconds later. Hart scored unassisted with 5:08 left, but then Preble scored her third of the game on a free position shot 1:01 later.
The final score came off the stick of Hart with 1:06 left, setting up a furious Bobcat rally. Ohio gained control of the ensuing draw and set up several chances in the closing seconds. With just 13 ticks left, a Cal yellow card resulted in a game-tying free position chance, but Coelho stopped Oxman’s point blank shot to ensure the victory.
Coelho made eight saves for the Golden Bear net, while Jen Cassidy stopped seven shots in the Bobcat net.
Both teams return to action on Sunday. Ohio travels to St. Bonaventure, while Cal completes its swing of the Buckeye state with a game at Ohio State.