Allegheny scored six unanswered goals to take a 12-11 lead with 4:05 to play. But the Gators couldn’t complete the rally as they fell 14-13 to Denison on Wednesday in the North Coast Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse tournament semifinals at Frank B. Fuhrer Field.
Allegheny, the No. 2 seed, jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Kelsey Rodgers and Kelly Dickson, respectively. The Big Red responded, though, with a 3-0 run to take a 3-2 lead. The Gators did tie it up, but Denison answered and took an 8-6 lead into halftime.
The Big Red extended that lead to five goals (11-6) with 21:43 to play, prompting the Gators to call a timeout. Allegheny came out of the timeout on a mission and began a 6-0 scoring run with 17:35 to play on a shorthanded goal by Gusty Mead.
Dickson scored her 49th goal of the season to knot the score at 11-11 with 5:31 to play. Jacqueline Morrow scored just over a minute-and-a half later to give the Gators a 12-11 lead.
The Big Red scored the game-winner with 12 seconds left on a shot by Whitney Powell. Denison advances to face Wittenberg in the NCAC title game on Saturday at 5 p.m. Denison improved to 12-4. Allegheny fell to 15-2.
Alexa Maloney and Dickson led the Gators with three goals each. McKenzie Bell had five assists.