The Genesee Community College women's lacrosse team will compete in the Region III playoffs for the first time in school history after the Cougars completed a comeback and won their second straight game in overtime on Saturday, defeating Herkimer County Community College 13-12 in double-overtime.
Ashley Makowski scored the game-winner with 55-seconds remaining in the second overtime and capped off a comeback that saw the Cougars trailing by as many as five goals in the second half.
The Generals scored the first five goals of the game and held a 5-0 lead less than 10-minutes into the first half.
Makowski got GCC on the board with her first goal of the game at the 20:42 mark of the opening half, but HCCC retook a five-goal advantage just two minutes later.
Makowski and Kaleigh Murray scored back-to-back to get GCC to within 6-3, but the Generals scored three of the final four goals to end the first and led 9-4 at the break.
Denae McGrath opened up the second half scoring to get Genesee to within 9-5 at the 22:23 mark. After nearly 11-minutes of scoreless play, Herkimer scored to extend its lead back to five, taking a 10-5 lead.
The Cougars responded by scoring the next four goals after Christina Woodworth scored her second goal of the season and Makowski added three in a row to get GCC to within one with 4:30 to play.
The Generals made it 11-9 with a goal at the 2:06 mark, but Murray answered with her second goal of the game less than 15-seconds later.
Trailing 11-10, Genesee reclaimed possession with less than 15-seconds left in regulation and drew a free position shot that set up Murray who tied the game as time expired, sending it into overtime.
After a scoreless first five minutes of the extra-session, HCCC struck with 55-seconds remaining to take a 12-11 lead.
Makowski kept GCC's hopes alive with a game-tying goal with seven seconds left in overtime to send it to sudden-death tied at 12 apiece.
It took just over two minutes in the sudden-death overtime for Makowski to strike again, cashing in her seventh goal of the game and giving Genesee its sixth victory of the season.
Makowski also collected five ground balls, Murray added two assists and had nine face-off wins, McGrath had 15 ground balls and eight caused turnovers and Tempestt Smith had seven ground balls and six caused turnovers. Lara Oakes made 12 saves in net.
Genesee (6-3) will now join Monroe Community College, Onondaga Community College and Jefferson Community College in the Region III playoffs next week. Matchups and game day(s)/times to be announced.