A late rally, then an elaborate game of keep-away put Fort Lewis College women’s lacrosse in the win column.
The Skyhawks rallied from a 9-7 deficit in the second half, getting two goals from Jessica Norby and one from Ally Kvidera in the final seven minutes to top Chestnut Hill 10-9 on Monday in Lafayette Hill, Pa.
“It was a game. It was a good game to play in,” FLC head coach Kelsey MacDonald said.
Kvidera completed the rally with a goal with 4 minutes, 45 seconds remaining to give FLC (3-1) the lead, then the Skyhawks went into stall mode, hanging on to the ball for most of the finall three minutes and all of the final two minutes after nearly allowing the Griffins possession, MacDonald said.
“We lost the ball, won it back in the midfield, then held it the last two minutes. ... Whoever came up with that ball, it was a very, very key play,” she said.
Kvidera scored four goals, while Brook Wineland tallied three to go with Norby’s pair. Kylie Smith also scored for Fort Lewis, while Jam Vertner and Abby Kvidera had two assists apiece.
Brianne Timony scored five times for the Griffins (0-1).
MacDonald was quick to credit her defense and goalie Alyssa Spencer for their work in fending off the Chestnut Hill attack. Spencer, a Durango High School alumna, made 11 saves to preserve the victory.
“I think our defense played really well (Monday),” the head coach said. “Alyssa had 11 saves, I believe. She stepped up big-time.”
Fort Lewis will continue its annual East Coast trip Thursday against West Chester in West Chester, Pa.