Second half comeback lifts Camels past Explorers

Melissa Placek (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Melissa Placek (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

DELAND, FLA. – Campbell scored seven goals over the final 16:16 of play to rally from a four-goal deficit and claim a 14-13 comeback victory over La Salle Friday afternoon.

The Camels trailed by as many as four twice in the second half before they mounted the surging comeback. After La Salle took a 12-8 lead with 13:09 left in the contest, Campbell finished the game on a 6-1 run to earn the win.

Katie Matz scored the game-winner with 2:34 remaining to give the Camels a 14-13 advantage. After each side traded possession, La Salle had the ball with 50 seconds left to play and a chance to tie the game.

On the ensuing restart after a Campbell foul, La Salle (2-3) was charged with an offside violation and gave the Camels possession. CU (1-4) held strong in its attacking third to run out the clock and hold on for the victory.

"I'm really proud of how hard the girls fought to stay in the game after going down by four," said Camel head coach Dawn Easley. "We've had a stretch of games that have been very close, so I was very pleased with our ability to finish this one."

Neither team led by more than two in a tightly contested first half of play. Melissa Placek opened the scoring 55 seconds in, to which La Salle answered 32 seconds later.

The Explorers held a two-goal advantage with 13:34 remaining in the half, but Campbell answered with two goals in a 61-second span to bring the score back level. Both teams scored twice to end the first half tied at 6-6.

La Salle opened the second half with four goals over 13:05 to take a 10-6 lead, but the Camels responded with the late run to finish the second half before bringing home the victory.

Placek scored a game-high five goals, including three during the final stretch. Kayla Reilly tallied six points on three goals and three assists. Mackenzie Koeller added a pair of scores and two helpers as well.

Kylie Haarhoff earned the win in the cage after playing the final 22 minutes of action and making a save. Campbell starter Merredith Bechler made three stops. Lynne Frankel made nine saves in the losing effort. 

Allee Ilgenfritz and Toni Massetti tallied four goals each and Anna Gordon's three-goal performance led La Salle's offense.

Campbell held a 17-11 advantage on the draw, winning 11-of-16 in second half. The Camels also outshot the Explorers 30-24 in the game.

"We won't be satisfied with just this one win," Easley continued. "We'll be satisfied once we play better every time we step on the field. Victories will be a byproduct of our hard work. We don't feel that we are a championship team yet, but we do feeel that we are a championship team in the making. "

Campbell travels back to North Carolina for a Sunday afternoon matchup at Davidson set for 2 p.m.