FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women's lacrosse team notched their most dramatic win of the year on Wednesday (Apr. 11) night under the lights at Faught Stadium.
After conceding a four-goal second half lead to force overtime, the Grizzlies (3-4, 3-3 ORLC) got the game-winning goal just 1:17 into extra time from senior Jess Silva for a 10-9 win over the Lions of Mount St. Joseph (3-7, 2-3 ORLC).
The Lions would get the game's opening tally less than five minutes into the game, but Franklin would counter with goals coming from Abby Stayer, Morgan McIntosh, Silva, Shelby Hunter and a pair of goals from Abbey Voss to give the Grizzlies a 6-1 lead midway through the first half.
Silva and Stayer would add their second goals of the game before halftime, but the Lions would chip away at the Franklin lead before the intermission, cutting the deficit to 8-5 after 30 minutes of play.
The Grizzlies cashed in on a free-position shot from Brooke Hughes 4:20 into the second half to stretch the lead to four, but the Grizzlies couldn't find the back of the net for the rest of regulation. Increased pressure on offense plus stellar goalkeeping allowed the Lions to pot four goals before the end of regulation, sending the Grizzlies to overtime for the first time this year.
Overtime belonged to Silva, who recorded all three shot attempts in the extra session. After missing the target on her first two attempts, the senior attacker made no mistake on her third shot of the extra session, burying her third goal of the night to end the game.
Silva finished the night with a team-high five points coming on three goals and a pair of assists. Silva and Stayer finished with 10 shots and eight shots on goal each to tie for the team lead.
Ground balls were 30-26 in favor of the Grizzlies, with Haley Lowe scooping up a team-high eight ground balls. Lowe would also lead the team in caused turnovers, forcing four Lion giveaways. Stayer recorded seven draw controls and seven ground ball pick-ups on the night.
In goal, Courtney Jones (3-2) was fantastic for the Grizzlies, stopping a season-high 17 shots, including several late in regulation with the game tied.
Franklin will hit the road for back-to-back games this weekend in Pennsylvania. First up for the Grizzlies is a meeting with conference foe St. Vincent on Saturday (Apr. 14) afternoon. Start time is set for 2:00 p.m.