Kenyon Scores as Time Expires to Nip Washington & Jefferson

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Freshman attacker Emily Nichols (Woodside, Calif./Menlo) scored as time expired to give Kenyon College a dramatic 10-9 women's lacrosse victory over Washington & Jefferson College on Saturday afternoon at Alexandre Stadium.

Nichols took a pass from junior midfielder Jennifer Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) in the final seconds and slipped a shot inside the right post past W&J freshman goalie Julia McLellan (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville).

Kenyon (2-0), which defeated W&J by seven goals a year ago, fell behind early 3-0 as junior Courtney Schrock (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks West) and sophomores Brittney Oake (Bell Mead, N.J./Montgomery) and Liz Turcik (Ligonier, Pa./Miss Halls School) all scored goals for the Presidents (3-1).

Kenyon answered back with three consecutive goals, but Turcik netted a goal at the 10:40 mark and sophomore Joanne Chojecki (Lake View, N.Y./Frontier Senior) followed with a pair of tallies six minutes apart for a 6-3 lead.

The Ladies rallied and closed to within 6-5 at halftime following goals 31 seconds apart from Nichols and senior Liz Hancock (Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins).

Nichols netted two goals in the first 17 minutes of the second half and freshman Leah Sack's (Wynnewood, Pa./Lower Marion) goal with 8:24 left made it a 9-7 KC advantage.

W&J fought back and tied the game with 1:45 remaining on an Oake goal. Kenyon grabbed the ensuing draw control and wound down the clock before scoring the game winner.

Nichols led all scorers with five goals, while Sack added one goal and two assists. Junior Casey McKone (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) played the final 56 minutes in goal and made eight saves. KC outshot the Presidents by a 28-24 margin and picked up 12 of the match's 20 draw controls.

McLellan kept the Presidents in the game by amassing 17 saves, including 10 in the second half. Turcik had four goals, while Oake (2), Chojecki (2) and Schrock (1) rounded out the W&J goal scorers. Sophomore defender Cayla Grodotzke (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) forced six turnovers, while Turcik caused four and grabbed four draw controls.

W&J hopes to get back on the winning track Tuesday when traveling to Gwynedd-Mercy for a 4:00 pm match.


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