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Katie Spence’s Final Two Goals Gives Wilmington Women’s Lacrosse a 13-11 CACC Victory over Chestnut Hill

WLax: Wilmington 13 - Chestnut Hill 11

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - Newark, Del.

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Juniors Katie Spence and Ashley Kroll celebrate after Spence put the Wildcats ahead for good with a free position goal with 8:37 to play on Saturday. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Frank Stallworth.



Junior Megan Keffer finished with two goals and an assist, but also led the team with seven draw controls on Saturday against Chestnut Hill. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Frank Stallworth.



Junior Maddie Hewitt shots and scores one of her three goals on Saturday against Chestnut Hill. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Frank Stallworth.

Junior Katie Spence’s free-position shot with under nine minutes remaining broke a late game tie, allowing Wilmington University to squeak by Chestnut Hill, 13-11, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women’s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at the WU Athletics Complex.

Chestnut Hill (0-7, 0-2 CACC) rallied from a four goal deficit in the second half to tie the match at 11-11 with 9:36 to play in regulation, but Spence tallied back-to-back goals, the game-winner with 8:37 to play, to give Wilmington (3-3, 2-0 CACC) the two-goal victory.

The Wildcats made it a habit of jumping out to multiple goal leads throughout the course of the game, but the Griffins came back after every rally, taking their only lead, 5-4, midway through the first half.

Maddie Hewitt put the Wildcats ahead, 4-1, with her second goal of the game with 19:14 to play in the first half, but the Griffins scored four unanswered goals to take a brief 5-4 lead with 9:56 to go before the break.

Hewitt started another run for the Wildcats, as she knotted the game with her eighth goal of the season with 8:25 to play before Penelope Fantis scored her second goal of the game to give the Wildcats a 6-5 lead with 3:28 showing on the scoreboard. Megan Keffer and Ashley Kroll made it four consecutive goals for the home team, before Chestnut Hill’s Courtney Weidner ended the run and the first half scoring with a mark with 29 seconds remaining, bringing the halftime score to 8-6.

Wilmington jumped out quickly in the second half with the first two goals, as Rebekah McCurry got on the board, followed by Spence’s second goal of the game, putting the Wildcats ahead 10-6.

The Griffins didn’t roll over, however, as they made a run of their own, scoring three straight and five of the next six goals in the game to bring the contest to a standstill with 9:36 remaining in regulation.

But Spence converted on her free-position shot with 8:37 showing on the board to give the Wildcats the lead for good. She capped the scoring with her fourth goal of the game with 3:09 to play, icing the contest. The Wildcats’ goalkeeper Corinne Dries picked up a ground ball after a caused turnover by Fantis and the Wildcats executed their final clear attempt before running the final minute of play out in the offensive zone.

Spence led the way with four goals and an assist for five points, while Hewitt added a hat trick as well, scoring three goals on the afternoon. Dries picked up the win in goal for the Wildcats, making nine stops.

The Griffins were led by Lea Sanders hat trick, while Alicia Herbert and Emorie Keimig tallied two goals apiece. Keimig finished with a team high four points, tallying two assists as well. Chestnut Hill’s net-minder Katie Joe Lang recorded 11 saves in goal, but was given the loss.

The Wildcats finish their four game home stand with a 2-2 record, and take the road for the first time since March 5 for their next contest. They head to Georgian Court for another CACC South Division game on Thursday with the opening draw slated for 4:00 p.m.