Mother Nature and a talented opponent threw everything they could at the Hope College women's lacrosse team.
It took an overtime goal — at an unexpected setting — to deny the Flying Dutch on Saturday.
Saint Mary's edged Hope 10-9 in overtime in a showdown between two teams unbeaten in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play. Kendra Osinki scored off a free-position attempt with 34 seconds remaining in the first overtime for the victorious Belles.
The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Flying Dutch (6-4, 3-1 MIAA). Saint Mary's (10-3, 5-0 MIAA) remained tied for first in the league standings with Calvin.
The match was played at Grand Haven High School after Van Andel Soccer Stadium became unplayable prior to the match. A tree fell onto the field during pre-game warmups during Saturday's storm. No one was injured.
After a 1-hour, 40-minute delay, Hope and Saint Mary's played a tight contest in which no lead became larger than two goals. The score was tied 5-5 at halftime, then deadlocked four more times during the second half.
Senior Emily Deane of Rochester Hills, Michigan (Adams HS) put the Flying Dutch ahead 9-8 with 5 minutes, 50 seconds remaining with her fourth and final goal of the match.
Saint Mary's answered 1:51 later on an unassisted goal from Clare Theisen.
The Flying Dutch sent a game-winning shot attempt wide in the closing seconds of regulation.
Hope played the final 22:50 with defender Amie Hixon of Eagle, Colorado (Vail Christian) in goal because on an injury to starting keeper Laurel Frederickson of Alto, Michigan (Lowell). Hixon made three saves.
Deane also recorded two assists for Hope.