But after a planned play was spoiled by Shepherd’s defense, Marshall took a pass from fellow senior Rachel Cole and made the most of the opportunity.
Marshall drove toward the goal and delivered a shot to the back of the net with 1:53 left to play in the third overtime to lift the Cavaliers to a 12-11 win in the Mountain East Conference lacrosse tournament championship game at Carl Smith Stadium.
“That was not what our plan was going in,” Virginia-Wise coach Meghan Dennehy said. “We were giving it to another player and she got a little flustered by the person who was on her. They gave it to Hannah and Hannah just went.”
The goal was the fourth of the game for Marshall.
“It still hasn’t hit me yet that we won and that I hit the game-winning goal,” she said. “It was a team effort, seniors through freshmen. Whether they were on the field, bench mob, it was a full team effort.”
The MEC lacrosse tournament championship was the first for Virginia-Wise and the school’s fourth overall title since the school joined the NCAA Division II conference five years ago.
The Cavs also finished a program-best 14-4.
“Priceless,” Dennehy said of the Cavs’ season. “We wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for all of us. It was definitely a full team effort. Everyone helped to make us regular season and to make us conference champs.”
Shepherd led 11-9 late in the game, but Virginia-Wise got a goal from Marshall with 5:49 left and another from Kristin Gobbi at the 1:56 mark for the 11-11 tie.
The first two three-minute, sudden-death overtime periods were scoreless. Virginia-Wise goalie Melanie Reilly made two of her 13 saves in the first OT period.
Cole and Gobbi each had two goals for Virginia-Wise.
Lillian Funke led Shepherd (8-7) with four goals and Sidney Kelly had three.
“We didn’t make it easy for them,” said Shepherd coach Jenny Cavey. “I’m proud of them for working as hard as they did. Obviously not the outcome that we would have liked. But I couldn’t ask for more heart from our players.”