WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University women's lacrosse senior Jess Lyons scored the game-winning goal with just 19 seconds remaining as the 14th-ranked Cardinals scored three goals in the final 2:06 en route to a 17-16 victory over St. Mary's (Md.) Wednesday night at Cardinal Stadium.
Catholic (1-1) led by as many as seven, outshot the Seahawks 47-35 and forced 18 turnovers. However, the Cards were outscored 13-5 over the first 27 minutes of the second half as St. Mary's took its first lead of the game, 16-14 with 2:41 remaining, following three-straight goals, including two by Ali Collie.
With 2:06 left, senior Megan Ellis scored off an assist from junior Holly Regan for the third time, before the Seahawks' was whistled for their fifth yellow card of the game, giving Catholic a non-releasable two minute advantage.
The Cardinals would capitalize, tying the game just over a minute later as sophomore Kate Behlen netted her first goal of the season off a feed from Regan with 1:04 to play to tie the game at 16-16.
Still holding a man-advantage, Lyons would net her fourth goal of the game and second on a free position shot to win the game for the Cards. She finished the game with five points.
Ellis also had five points, posting three goals and two assists, while Regan finished with three goals and five assists for eight points. She was one point shy of her career high set in a 20-6 win over Drew at home on May 2, 2018 when she also had a career-high six assists.
Lyons, Ellis and Regan were three of four players who had at least three goals for Catholic as freshman Caitlyn Bowles also had a hat-trick in just her second collegiate game.
Freshman Clare Richards totaled one goal, two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Lyons added four ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers while Regan had three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Senior Erin Dugan totaled seven draw controls.
In goal, junior Nanci Hernandez had nine saves and three ground balls.
Caitlin Katchmar totaled five goals and two assists to lead the Seahawks (1-1). Kate Bartholomew had two points and nine of St. Mary's 16 draw controls.
Catholic has 11 days before returning to action on Sunday, March 10 at Meredith in Raleigh, N.C.