SCRANTON - Junior Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) once again led the offense, scoring four goals in the first half alone, but visiting Kean rallied from a four-goal deficit to force overtime, then scored in sudden death to take a 9-8 win over The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team on Saturday in their 2020 home opener at Weiss Field.
With the loss, Scranton dropped to 0-3 on the year, while Kean improved to 2-0 with the victory.
In the opening frame, Scranton controlled play from the opening whistle, quickly opening a 3-1 lead on Kean in the first 13 minutes of play after Henson posted a hat trick in that time frame. Once the Royals got up in the half, they never looked back, as they scored the final three goals of the opening half to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.
But, it was a role reversal in the second half, with Kean holding Scranton to just two goals the entire frame.
Out of the break, Kean scored four unanswered in the first nine minutes of action to tie the game back up at 6-6. Sophomore Halle Conklin (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), however, gave the Royals the lead back at 7-6 with a score with 20 minutes left.
But, Kean, tied the game back up with a goal off a free position with 15 minutes to go at 7-7. And, just like they had before, the Royals answered, as freshman Emma Fitzpatrick (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) scored with 12:51 left to give Scranton the lead back at 8-7.
That lead held until the final four minutes of regulation, as Kean scored to tie the game back up at 8-8. In the final moments of regulation, both teams had opportunities to score, only to have opposing goalies make huge saves to send the game into overtime.
In the sudden death frame, the Royals had a golden opportunity to end the game three minutes in, but a shot hit the post, giving Kean the ball back.
In the overtime session alone, junior goalie Lauren Devlin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) kept Scranton alive making three saves, but Kean's Danni Lesaint got a shot past her with 48 seconds left in the extra frame to clinch the comeback win for the Cougars.
Overall, Henson once again had a multiple-score game with her four first half goals. Henson, who has now scored 11 goals so far on the young season, also had an assist in the defeat.
Elsewhere, Conklin, Fitzpatrick, junior Bridget Doyle (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley) and sophomore Rachel Wells (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) were the other goal scorers for Scranton on the day. Wells, Conklin and junior Raegen Dunn (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) all recorded assists, as well.
In draw controls, sophomore Jennifer Williams (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) led the way with five, while Conklin and Doyle had two caused turnovers, apiece. Meanwhile, Devlin made 12 saves to keep the Royals in the game all afternoon.
For Kean, Lesaint led the way with five goals.
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Farmingdale State. Action begins at 5 p.m.