Late Rally Comes Up One Goal Short at Kennesaw State
Eugene, Ore. – Oregon lacrosse made a furious rally from down six goals to within one but came up just a single score short in a 14-13 loss at Kennesaw State.
The Ducks outscored the Owls 5-1 in the fourth quarter with goals from four different players. Lillian Stump led the team with four goals, and Shonly Wallace notched her first hat trick of the season with three.
Oregon outshot Kennesaw State 35-22, including a 27-20 advantage in shots on goal. Two KSU goalkeepers combined for 14 saves. The Ducks also showed progress on the draw, winning 16-15 in the circle.
How it happened: Oregon hung with the Owls early on, getting early goals from Madysyn Sweeney and Hanna Hilcoff to pull within one after Kennesaw State took an early 4-1 lead. Stump and Hilcoff gave the Ducks their only lead of the contest, scoring four straight goals to put Oregon up 6-5.
The Owls countered with a 6-0 run in the second and third quarters to take a commanding 11-6 lead. Stump picked up her second hat trick of the season with a score in the third, but Kennesaw countered with two more goals to go up 13-7.
From there, the Owls just barely hung on against an aggressive Oregon attack, which featured Gabby Cleveland's first two career goals and a pair from Wallace, to secure the victory. The Ducks had an opportunity to win the game late, but Kennesaw State secured the game's final draw with a 1:32 left and ran out the clock to get the win.
Up Next: The Ducks return home for a matchup against San Diego State on Sunday, February 27.