Nashville, Tenn. — Vanderbilt lacrosse dropped a double-overtime thriller to Towson, 15-14, on Wednesday afternoon.
Vandy sophomore Cate Bradley marked a career-best four goals on four shots.
The Dores jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game from Bradley and Sammy Nuchow. The Commodores extended their lead to 4-1 with goals from Kayla Rieu and Lila Huddles. Bradley tallied her second goal of the day in the final seconds of the opening frame to put Vandy up 5-3.
Towson opened the second period with two consecutive goals, but Vanderbilt responded with four straight goals in less than three minutes to extend to the largest lead of the day 9-5. Bradley connected on her third goal of the day, marking the first hat trick of her career. The Tigers responded with a quick goal to bring its deficit within three, 10-7, heading into the break.
Bradley found the back of the cage for a fourth time of the day and on the next possession Kemper Robinson tallied a goal to put the Dores up 12-8 in the third. Towson opened the fourth quarter with four consecutive goals to even the score at 12 before Huddles connected for a second time to put Vandy back up one. In the final minutes, the Tigers connected for a pair of goals and Molly Finlay scored for Vanderbilt, leaving the contest tied 14-14 at the end of regulation.
Towson connected for a goal in the final minutes of the second overtime, earning the win, 15-14.
Vanderbilt had eight players score in the contest, marking a season-high in the category.
The Commodores host Old Dominion in the conference home opener at noon on Saturday. The program will recognize the 2023 Robert Nesi Super Fan Award recipient during a pregame ceremony.