April 22, 2017
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CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati lacrosse team scored a pair of goals in the final 90 seconds to beat Vanderbilt 10-9 on Saturday night at the Sheakley Athletics Center. It was the final home game of the season for the Bearcats who celebrated the careers of seniors Liz Burgee (Churchville, Md./C. Milton Wright), Skylar DeLemos (Cranbury, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro), Elaina Enich (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) and Hannah Hinsch (Lebanon, Conn./Northfield Mount Hermon) in a pregame ceremony.
Facing a tie game, freshman Monica Borzillo (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) scored with 1:27 remaining on the clock to put the Bearcats ahead 9-8. UC won the ensuing draw but was unable to hold the ball giving way to a Vanderbilt goal with 25 seconds on the clock to retie the game at 9-9.
An illegal substitution by the visitors gave the final draw to the Bearcats who took full advantage of the opportunity. Sophomore Katie Stegmann (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) drew a free position with 4.3 seconds remaining and passed to a wide open Amanda Donovan (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) who beat the goalie for a 10-9 Cincinnati victory.
- With the victory, Cincinnati improves to 6-10 on the season and 2-6 in the BIG EAST while Vanderbilt falls to 6-8 and 3-5.
- Borzillo scored three goals to extend her program single-season record for points to 73. She also owns the single-season records for points per game (4.56), assists (34) and assists per game (2.12).
- Junior goalie Alex MacAffer (Slingerlands, N.Y./Albany Academy for Girls) recorded 11 saves in the game, one shy of her career high.
- Enich and Borzillo notched hat tricks to tie for the team lead with three points.
- The Bearcats’ first assist of the game was Stegmann’s pass to Donovan for the game-winning goal with three seconds remaining.
- Donovan forced four turnovers in the game while junior Schuyler Nissen (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends Academy) and freshman McKenna Rushford (Buffalo, N.Y./Amherst Central) each caused three turnovers.
- DeLemos had a team-high four ground balls while Stegmann, Donovan and junior Lauren Hudson (Baltimore, Md./Maryvale Preparatory) each tallied three.
- UC topped Vanderbilt in shots (28-25), saves (11-10), clears (23-20) and caused turnovers (17-15) while the Commodores led in ground balls (25-23) and free position goals (5-2). Both teams recorded 10 draw controls in the game.
// KEY PLAYERS
Monica Borzillo | 3 goals | 1 ground ball | 1 draw control | 1 caused turnover
Amanda Donovan | 2 goals | 2 ground balls | 3 draw controls | 4 caused turnovers
Katie Stegmann | 1 goal | 1 assist | 3 ground balls | 3 draw controls
Melanie Becker | 2 goals | 3 ground balls | 3 draw controls | 1 caused turnover
Julie Blaze | 1 goal | 1 assist | 1 ground ball | 1 draw control | 2 caused turnovers
// IN THE CAGE
CIN | Alex MacAffer | 9 goals against | 11 saves | 60:00 minutes
VU | Callahan Kent | 10 goals against | 10 saves | 60:00 minutes
// KEY GOALS
13:35 1st | CIN | Monica Borzillo
The Commodores gained possession of the ball in their own defensive third but Borzillo applied immediate pressure to force a turnover and create a fast-break opportunity for the Bearcats. The freshman charged straight to the cage and scored her first goal of the game for a 4-2 UC advantage.
27:27 2nd | CIN | Elaina Enich
Enich put Cincinnati ahead by four goals after a quality individual effort to make the score 7-3.
27:10 2nd | VU | MacKenzie Lange
Vandy’s MacKenzie Lange scored 17 seconds after Enich’s goal on a free position shot to bring the score to 7-4. The goal started a run of four straight for the Commodores which tied the score at 7-7.
1:27 2nd | CIN | Monica Borzillo
Out of a timeout in a tie game, the freshman looked to pass to a teammate in the center of the arc but the ball slipped past everyone and into the cage to give UC a 9-8 lead with 1:27 left in the game.
0:25 2nd | VU | Julie Blaze
The Bearcats won the draw but couldn’t hold on to the ball, allowing Vanderbilt an opportunity late in the game. Julie Blaze earned a free position shot which she scored to even the score at 9-9 with 25 seconds on the clock.
0:03 2nd | CIN | Amanda Donovan
The Commodores were penalized for an illegal substitution which gave Donovan the draw control and gave the Bearcats the ball with under 30 seconds to go. Stegmann ran towards the corner and charged into the arc, drawing a free position with 4.3 seconds left. On the restart, the sophomore passed to Donovan who was waiting open at the left post of the cage to score the game-winning goal.
// UP NEXT
Cincinnati will close its 2017 season on Friday, April 28, when it plays at Denver at 2 p.m. ET/12 p.m. MT.
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