PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - - La'Dae Boykin only needed 11 seconds overtime to complete the comeback victory over Philadelphia, 16-15, for the Wilmington University women's lacrosse team in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Action on Wednesday afternoon at Raven Hill Field.
The Wildcats (5-9, 3-4 CACC) scored the final four goals of regulation in the final 3:30 to force overtime. Boykin then secured the opening draw and marched right down the field to scored the game-winner just 11 seconds into the extra period. The Rams (4-7, 2-3 CACC) scored their final goal of the game with 5:04 remaining in regulation, taking a 15-11 lead.
Lashay Ross put home a free position shot with 3:30 to play starting the comeback bid. Gabby Spalt scored again with 3:00 showing on the clock before Ross converted another free position show with 2:05 to play to cut the deficit to 15-14.
The Rams controlled the ensuing draw but Megan Card stripped the ball loose with 1:44 to play. Shawna Chopko came through and scooped up the loose ball and Ross tied the game with 1:21 to play in regulation. Ross then gained the ensuring draw, but the Wildcats were unable to get a shot off as the clock wound down, sending the game into overtime.
That's when Boykin did her thing.
She won the draw and raced right to goal, scoring with 2:49 left on the overtime clock for the game-winner.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead and grabbed a 4-2 lead with 14:22 to play in the first half. The Rams scored two of the final three goals of the half to head into the break down just 5-4.
The Rams then scored five consecutive goals to take a 10-6 lead before the Wildcats answered with four straight marks to cut the deficit to 12-11. Philadelphia then scored three straight to take a 15-11 lead before the Wildcats made their comeback.
Ross led the Wildcats with six goals while Boykin added four goals and an assist for five points. Card chipped in with four goals as well while Spalt finished off the scoring with a pair of goals, adding two assists.
Chopko led the team with six assists while Card and Ross controlled three draws each. Maddie Hurm made 10 saves in goal for the Wildcats.
The Rams earned more draws, 24-10, than the Wildcats, including 17-5 in the second half, but it was the 1-0 advantage in the overtime that mattered.
The Wildcats close out the regular season with a pair of home games, starting with Felician on Tuesday afternoon. The opening draw at the WU Athletics Complex is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.