The Chapman women’s lacrosse team notched a 14-13 overtime win against Redlands Saturday night.
With four games remaining in the regular season, Chapman sits in the last spot of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) postseason tournament if the season ended today.
“Throughout the game we focused on waiting for the best look, and I think that patience worked well to increase our score as well as run down the clock,” said junior attack Kylee Moore. “When we needed those two goals to go to into overtime, we executed successfully by taking advantage of one-on-one matchups and moving the ball to create open looks.”
With 33 seconds on the clock and down by two goals, Moore blasted an unassisted goal into the net followed by another goal from sophomore attack Gretchen Rodenberger to send the game to overtime.
Senior attacker Michelle Mendoza scored the eventual winner in overtime, helping the Panthers to a fourth consecutive victory. Rodenberger was the Panthers’ top scorer with four goals and two assists.
Though they led 4-1 at one time in the first half, the Bulldogs found themselves in a point-for-point battle with the Panthers, with Chapman matching every goal that Redlands scored.
“I think our win tonight came down to who wanted it more,” said junior defender Alessandra Porfido. “We constantly were fighting to get the ball back and made some awesome plays to tie it up. We never held a big lead so every goal we scored was an important one. We played together as a team tonight and supported each other on the field.”
The Panthers’ next SCIAC test is on Wednesday at home against Whittier in a 7 p.m. matchup on Wilson Field.
“We have always had a historically huge rivalry against Redlands,” Moore said. “After beating them for the first time earlier this season, we knew that game was going to be the roughest battle yet. We were very prepared and we executed what we worked on all week. I’m very pleased with the product we put on the field and it proves we are ready to compete in SCIAC play.”