Hannah Farr scored as time ran out in the first overtime half and No. 19 Stanford controlled the ball thereafter to beat No. 11 Towson, 8-7, in nonconference women’s lacrosse Friday at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Stanford (4-1) maintained possession throughout the entire six minutes of overtime and for all but 19 seconds of the game’s final 9:03. In fact, Towson (2-3) was unable to even get off a shot for the game’s final 17:08.
But it was Farr’s goal combined with strong draws taken by specialist Emily Newstrom and controlled by teammates Megan Lerner and Rachel Kalick that enabled Stanford to maintain possession throughout overtime.
Lerner controlled the opening overtime draw and Stanford played for one good shot before Farr was fouled in the 8-meter arc with three seconds left in the three-minute half. With a free position from a poor angle on the right side of the arc, Farr took two quick steps and fired over the right shoulder of goalie Kelsea Donnelly to give Stanford the lead.
“After Megan won the draw, we were trying to read what defense Towson was playing,” Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. “We ran an initial play, but didn’t get a shot off and then we were scrambling a little before Hannah drew the eight-meter.”
The first overtime must be played in its entirety, and the second three-minute half opened with Kalick’s draw control – her first of the season. With help from a two-minute penalty on Towson, the Cardinal was able to run out the clock, though not without difficulty. With about 30 seconds left, Adrienne Anderson had the ball checked away on a triple team, only for Meg Lentz to make the pickup and prevent the turnover. Alex Poplawski ran out the final seconds.