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Maggie Griffis had the tying goal with 29 seconds left
Maggie Griffis had the tying goal with 29 seconds left

CMS Women's Lacrosse Takes Overtime Thriller over Colorado College

CHICAGO, Ill. - Maggie Griffis tied the score in the final minute of regulation, and Amelia Ulmer converted the game-winner in the first extra session as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's lacrosse team earned a 16-15 overtime win over Colorado College on Sunday at the University of Chicago.

With the win, CMS improves to 6-3 on the year (with all three losses coming to top-20 teams), while Colorado College slips to 7-7. 

Bella Lynch and Emma Merk each had four goals and an assist for CMS, which had to bounce back after Colorado College surged in front 15-13 with a 5-0 fourth-quarter run. Emme McMullen stopped the momentum with a goal with 3:31 to go, and Kendall Chapko had a key save to keep it a one-goal game. Griffis then earned a free position opportunity with 29 seconds left and converted to level the score at 15-15. 

CMS then was able to earn an extra player on the field after Colorado College was whistled for a yellow card in the first overtime. After the first Athena attempt at a game-winner missed high, Amelia Ulmer scored nine seconds off the restart with 1:05 left in the first overtime to give CMS the dramatic win. 

The Athenas stormed out of the gate to a 5-0 lead, behind two goals from Lynch and Merk and one from Grace Minturn. However, Colorado College was able to pull back even by halftime with the score 7-7 heading into the break. 

After intermission, CMS took control of the game again, pulling ahead 12-9 on a Catherine Murphy goal, but the 5-0 Colorado College run seemingly gave the Tigers control before the late Athenas comeback. 

Lewison had a complete state line of two goals, three assists, three caused turnovers and six draw controls for CMS. Chapko finished with 11 saves. 

CMS will be back in action when it travels to Cal Lutheran on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest.