Leek's Late Save Helps Sagehens Hang On

Leek's Late Save Helps Sagehens Hang On

Claremont, Calif. – Sophomore goalie Casey Leek (Bucharest, Romania) made a point blank save on a free position shot with 45 seconds left in regulation to help the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse team hold on for a 14-13 win over North Central (Ill.) on Friday afternoon.

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 3-5 on the year after picking up its second non-conference win this week, including a 19-16 win over Puget Sound on Wednesday. North Central falls to 1-2 with the loss.

Pomona-Pitzer never trailed and led by as many as six in the first half at 11-5 on a goal from Logan Galansky with 2:35 left in the opening stanza. However, North Central was able to chip away at the lead by scoring the last goal of the first half, and the first two of the second to pull within 11-8 with 22:12 to go on a free position shot from Danielle Fiala.

Clara Engle stopped the bleeding with a free position goal with 20:16 left when goalie Sarah Hon was called for a foul pursuing a loose ball and the net was empty. A goal from Jana London with 9:35 left on a free position shot had the Sagehens ahead 14-11, but the Cardinals answered with two straight goals, the second coming on a free position shot from Leea Lopresti with 2:20 to go.

North Central won the ensuing draw control and worked the ball around for over a minute before earning a free position shot. Danielle Fiala faked the initial shot and ducked in alone on Leek, but Leek came up with the big save and the Sagehens earned the ground ball.

Pomona-Pitzer had a late turnover to give North Central one final chance, but the Cardinals were unable to connect on a long pass and Dana Christensen picked up the loose ball and ran out the final seconds.

London and Julie Necarsulmer led the Sagehens with four goals apiece as North Central geared their defense to stop senior Martha Marich, who was held to only two goals as her team picked up the scoring without her. Galansky also added two goals for the Sagehens, while Jacqueline Morgan, Amy Frazzini and Fiala led the Cardinals with three goals apiece. Leek finished with 10 saves for Pomona-Pitzer, while Hon had 13 for North Central, several of which were point-blank in the second half to keep her team in striking distance.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action when it travels to Puget Sound on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.