Sparked by that tying goal, Burnt Hills quickly followed up, going ahead 2-1 three minutes later when Burchardt, drawing defenders to her on a run down the right side, crossed to the middle, where a trio of Spartans was charging toward Butler and one of them, Meghan Malone, slipped a shot past Butler.
Somehow, J-D shook off this surge and, just two minutes after Malone scored, got back even thanks to an effective free kick by Kopp that glanced off Petrillose’s fingertips and off the crossbar – right to Catanzarite, who put home the rebound for her second goal of the night.
When regulation ended 2-2, they went to overtime. Fatigue started to show here for the Rams as it mostly went back in a defensive mode, forcing Butler to put together her most spectacular effort of the season.
Time and again, Burnt Hills got open looks to move in front. Every time, Butler stopped them, eventually working her total to 16 saves through 20 minutes of standard OT and a pair of five-minute sudden-victory periods.
Given Butler’s hot play, J-D had to feel good going into penalty kicks, especially since Burnt Hills made a switch, bringing in Haley Schultz to replace Petrillose in goal.
But it was Schultz stopping both of the Rams’ first two chances in the shoot-out, while Burchardt and Malone gave the Spartans a 2-0 edge. They both made stops in the third round, and while J-D finally converted on the fourth kick as Slisz’s shot clanged off the post into the net, Jenna Retell beat Butler to end the Rams’ season.
Disappointing as this result was, J-D is in terrific shape going into 2014. Butler and Austin depart, as does Ella DiGiovanni, but everyone else, including Sherling, Catanzarite, Slisz, Kopp, Allie Balotin, Amber Hyatt, Alex Fontana and Erin Brinley, come back next fall.