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TARA FIKES SCORES GAME-WINNING GOAL IN OVERTIME TO LEAD CEDAR CREST LACROSSE IN WIN OVER COLLEGE OF NOTRE DAME
Allentown, PA (April 4, 2009) – Freshman Tara Fikes scored the game-winning goal with three minutes remaining in overtime to lead the Cedar Crest College lacrosse team to a 20-19 victory over the College of Notre Dame in Colonial States Athletic Conference play on a windy Saturday afternoon.
Fikes opened the contest at the 23 minute mark off of a pass from junior Mackenzie Lee to give the Falcons the early 1-0 lead. Notre Dame’s Lauren Terry, who tallied a game-high nine goals, put the Gators on the board at 18:42 to even the score. Senior Thersia Ault and junior Brittany Symbol tallied back-to-back goals over the next minute to take a 3-1 lead. Notre Dame then scored five unanswered goals before junior Jesenia Holguin notched a goal at 12:46 to cut the Gators’ lead, 6-4. Terry added another goal for the Gators at the 12 minute mark.
Sophomore Maureen Manning scored at 9:47 before Tara Fikes added another goal with 1:47 remaining to make it 7-6 in favor of Notre Dame. Terry added another goal for Notre Dame with 25 seconds remaining until the half to give the Gators a two-goal lead at halftime.
Notre Dame opened the second half with back-to-back goals, but Cedar Crest junior Kelly Oakes scored at 24:48 and Tara Fikes scored just three minutes later to put the score, 10-8.
Junior Amanda Dombroski came alive in the second half, scoring five goals for the Falcons. Cedar Crest finally tied the score, 14-14, with just over eight minutes remaining in the contest on a goal by Dombroski. Cedar Crest and Notre Dame each score three more goals over the final seven minutes to send the game into overtime.
Dombroski scored the first goal in overtime to give the Falcons an 18-17 lead. Tara Fikes then added another tally to put Cedar Crest up two goals. Notre Dame’s Terry found the back of the net to make it a one-goal game, but Tara Fikes added yet another goal to go back ahead by two. Notre Dame’s Kristen Clarke scored with 16 seconds remaining in the contest, but it was not enough as the Falcons held on for the victory.
Tara Fikes led Cedar Crest with six goals and one assists, while Dombroski added six goals. Symbol scored four goals and posted two assists, while Holguin, Ault, and Oakes each scored one goal. Lee added two assists on the day.
Cedar Crest held a 15-14 advantage in groundballs, while Notre Dame held a 25-15 advantage in draw controls.
Junior Devin Ursini posted 12 saves in the net for the Falcons, while Jess Maier made seven stops for the Gators.
Cedar Crest earned its first
conference win and improves to 4-6 overall (1-4 CSAC), while Notre Dame falls to
2-8 overall (2-2 CSAC). The Falcons will host Immaculata University on Tuesday,
April 7th at 4:00 p.m. in a Colonial States Athletic Conference