#2 AACC WLAX Tops #1 Monroe in Outstanding Game
April 13, 2012By Duane Herr of ANNE ARUNDEL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
In a rematch of last year’s National Championship game, second ranked Anne Arundel hosted top seeded Monroe CC on April 12th. The two undefeated powers faced off at 4pm and the excitement wouldn’t end for the next 70 minutes of play.
Monroe struck first scoring the first goal of the game. The Pioneers immediately responded as Nina Herron found the net to tie the game at the 27 minute mark. Monroe would jump out to an early 5-2 lead as the Pioneers struggled to possess the ball on offense. With the half winding down AACC clawed their way back to close Monroe’s lead to 6-4 at the end of the half.
At the start of the second half the Pioneers settled in and worked their offense. Outscoring Monroe in the early minutes of the half AACC found themselves tied with the reigning National Champs 8-8 as Meghenn Jackson scored her third goal of the game with 17 minutes remaining. Monroe took a 9-8 lead with just under 13 minutes left and again the Pioneers would tie it, this time on a Mary Milligan goal with 11 minutes left.
Finding themselves down 11-9 with less than a minute remaining in the game the Pioneers looked toward their strong offense for a pair of goals to hopefully send the game to OT. With the clock reading 50 seconds, Nina Herron connected with Erika Arrildt for AACC’s 10th goal. Needing just one goal to keep their hopes alive the Pioneers attacked the goal and with 6.4 left on the clock Arrildt lined up for an 8 meter shot and found the net again to tie the game 11-11.
With the game entering a three minute overtime period the Pioneers struck first to go ahead 12-11 on another goal from Jackson. Their lead would last into the final minute of the OT period but Monroe scored with just 8 seconds left to tie the game at 12 and force a second overtime.
Both teams were unable to score in the second overtime period sending the game to a final sudden victory period to determine which squad would remain undefeated.
After starting the scoring with the first goal in the game for the Pioneers, Nina Herron would finish it scoring on a fast break to win the game and improve AACC Women’s Lacrosse to a 13-0 mark this season. Despite playing a spectacular game Monroe’s record falls to 7-1.
Stats for AACC vs. Monroe
Mary Milligan: 5 goals, 1 assist
Meghenn Jackson: 4 goals, 1 assist
Nina Herron: 2 goals, 1 assist (scored winning goal)
Jordyn Childress: 1 assist
Katie Cox: 1 assist
Erika Arrildt: 2 goals, 1 assist
Karlee Zywusko: 1 assist
The Pioneer Women’s Lacrosse team (13-0, 5-0 MD JUCO) is back in action Tuesday, April 17th as they host #7 CCBC Catonsville (4-6, 1-4 MD JUCO) in a 7pm match up. AACC defeated Catonsville 17-10 on March 29th.