Owls Lose One-Goal Heartbreaker to Presbyterian

KENNESAW, Ga. The Kennesaw State lacrosse team lost a 15-14 heartbreaker, one that saw four lead changes and five ties, to Presbyterian.

"We were focused on managing the game from the beginning, and I believe we did that," head coach Kristina Llanes said. "We had a ton of contributors to today's success, and that shows we are improving as a program. The mistakes we did make, Presbyterian was able to capitalize on; however, there are so many positives to take away into our first conference opponent."

Freshmen Taylor McGhee and Olivia Hokanson both had career highs in draw controls and goals. McGhee set a KSU record winning nine draw controls in the game. Hokanson continued her efficient play as she scored six goals on six shots.

The Owls came out of the gate controlling the action. After Catherine Ellis gave Presbyterian a one-goal lead, the Owls responded with five straight goals. Haley O'Donoghue got the scoring going with her third goal of the year. O'Donoghue added one more goal to cap the five-goal run.

Later in the half, the Blue Hose cut the Owls lead down to one at 7-6 before Hokanson would score her third goal. Emily Collins added one more for the Owls to make the score 9-7 at halftime.

Coming out of the locker room, KSU controlled the possession and grabbed the momentum immediately. Collins fed Hokanson for her fourth goal of the game. Four minutes later, Collins would cash in on a free-position attempt to push the Owls lead back to four goals.

Presbyterian responded with a run of their own and came back to tie the score at 11. Hokanson gave the Owls the lead two more times at 12-11 and 13-12 before the Blue Hose would take the lead at 14-13. Kylar Ferguson would then score her second goal of the game to tie the score at 14 all with 4:17 left to play.

Ellis scored her seventh goal of the game with 36 seconds left to give the Blue Hose the one-point win.

McGhee, Collins, Jamie Miller, and Taylor Southerland all picked up four ground balls in the game.

Along with her two goals, Ferguson also had three assists to give her five points on the afternoon.

Peyton Murdock played the entire 60 minutes in goal and made a career-high 11 saves with two ground balls.

For the next game, the Owls will travel to Jacksonville to start Atlantic Sun Conference play on Wednesday, March 26 at 4:00 p.m.


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