DOVER, Del. – A back-and-forth battle between the Wesley College women's lacrosse team and the Wells Express went in Wesley's favor with a last-minute goal from Brianna Bacon to give the Wolverines the 19-18 win on Sunday over the Express.
Facing an 8-6 deficit with 10 minutes to go in the first half, Wesley went on a 6-0 run to close out the half to take a 12-8 lead. Bacon and Paige Brehm each scored a pair of goals during the first-half run.
Wesley went up by as much as five goals early in the second half when Fallon Fore converted a goal in front of the crease on the feed from Bacon behind the net to give the Wolverines the 14-9 lead six minutes into the second half.
Wells chipped away at the Wesley lead, eventually tying the game at 17 in the 54th minute of the contest and taking the 18-17 lead two minutes later, both on goals from Mackenzie Maloney.
Wesley turned the pressure up in the final two-plus minutes of the game. Kassie Dieter stole the ball from Wells in the midfield. She took the ball down the middle of the field and ripped a shot past the Wells goalkeeper for the game-tying marker with 2:22 left in regulation.
Wells won the ensuing draw, but their shot was blocked outside of the crease and the ground ball was picked up by Emily Magness. Wesley was able to clear the ball into their offensive zone and Bacon was able to win a free-position. Bacon's free-position goal beat the Wells goalkeeper near-side and gave Wesley the lead with a minute-and-half left in the game.
Wells was looking to tie in the final minute of the game but Magness was able to cause a Maloney turnover in the Wells offensive end and Wesley held on to the ball to seal the win.
Dieter and Fore each won six draw controls. Dieter recorded three assists, two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Fore scooped up four ground balls and caused three turnovers. Brehm registered four draw controls, three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Nicole Evans and Kathleen Martin both chipped in with a first-half goal apiece.
Emily Magness paced the Wesley defensive effort with a game-high six caused turnovers. Emily Caldarelli collected four ground balls and caused three turnovers. Taylor Speicher picked up four ground balls.
Maria Rowland notched a season-best 12 saves in goal for her fifth win of the season.
Wesley (5-1) will wrap up their five-game homestand on Wednesday when they host the Goucher Gophers at Drass Field. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.