COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An overtime goal by sophomore Alyssa Rydell (Medina/Medina) led the Mount Union women's lacrosse team to defeat Ohio Athletic Conference opponent Capital University 10-9 Friday night.
Mount Union (8-3, 4-1 OAC) was led by Rydell and junior Katie Elder (Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park), who each scored three goals in the win.
Kara Hines led Capital (8-3, 3-2 OAC) with five goals.
Capital got on the board at the 28:16 mark of the first half to take an early lead over the Raiders. Less than three minutes later, Rydell responded with a goal to tie the game at one.
The Crusaders again took the lead with 20:12 on the clock, but Mount Union's Danielle Rohrman (Olney, Md./Sherwood) fired back to tie the game at two and spark the scoring run the Raiders needed. Elder scored the go-ahead goal to give Mount Union its first lead of the game, 3-2, with 10:55 to go. Elder tallied another goal in the half, as did sophomore Ashley Bernardi (Medina/Medina) and junior Britt Klosterman (Centennial, Colo./Arapahoe), putting the Raiders ahead at the break, 6-2.
Bernardi opened the second half by scoring her second goal of the game just 39 seconds into play. Capital responded with four unanswered goals to cut Mount Union's lead to one, 7-6, with 18:41 remaining.
Mount Union held the Crusaders off for more than seven minutes, but a free-position goal by Capital's Hines tied the game at seven with 11:13 left to play. Hines struck again to gain an 8-7 lead in Capital's favor with less than eight minutes remaining.
Elder recorded her third goal to tie the game at eight at the 6:37 mark; Rydell slipped the ball past Capital goalie Maddie Wilson three minutes later to give Mount Union a 9-8 lead over its opponent. With three seconds left in regulation, Capital's Hines scored a game-tying goal to send the game into overtime.
With 27 seconds remaining in the overtime period, Rydell fired a shot that found the back of Capital's goal to seal a 10-9 win over the Crusaders.
Mount Union next hosts Muskingum in an OAC match-up on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.