LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Freshman Kanha Stockford netted the game-winner at the 4:15 mark of overtime and the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's lacrosse team (10-5) overcame a four-goal deficit and a controversial ending to the second half to secure a spot in the CACC Championship Game with a 13-12 semifinal win over Wilmington (Del.) (11-8) on Friday.
The second-seeded Rams advance to face the top seed Georgian Court for the title on Saturday, May 4 at 3 p.m.
The teams were even through the opening 11 minutes, scoring two goals apiece. The Wildcats tallied two in a row for a 4-2 advantage at 15:53. With the score 5-3, Jefferson posted three of the next four goals to tie the score at six with 9:28 on the clock. Junior Sarah von Lange had two of the Rams' markers. Wilmington ended the period with two tallies and took an 8-6 lead into halftime. The Wildcats had a 16-13 edge in ground balls in the stanza to go along with a 10-5 lead in draw controls and a 20-12 advantage in shots.
Sophomore Lexi Patania netted the first goal of the second to get the Rams within one (8-7). However, Wilmington found the back of the net three straight times for a four-goal margin. Jefferson then started to rally, beginning with sophomore Camryn Sullivan's goal at 17:46. Von Lange scored twice and the score was 11-10 with 8:21 to go. The Wildcats went back up two with a goal at 6:56. With time growing scarce, sophomore Teagen Hay found the cage with 1:23 to play. Wilmington won the ensuing draw but a turnover gave the Rams possession. With 33 seconds remaining, junior Erin Eckert netted the equalizer, tying the game at 12.
Sophomore Erin Campbell won the following draw and Jefferson had a chance for one last shot. After a timeout, the Rams called a play that resulted in the potential game-winning goal with just two seconds on the clock. However, the tally was disallowed after multiple Jefferson sticks ended up on the turf and the officials unable to determine the shooter's stick, forcing the contest into overtime.
The Rams won the opening draw but turned the ball over. Von Lange forced a turnover and picked up the ground ball to give Jefferson possession once again. After another giveaway, Wilmington was able to get a shot on goal but freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Kaplowitz came up with a clutch save. Kaplowitz cleared to Sullivan, who found a streaking Stockford in the middle of the field. Stockford ran the ball in and beat the goalkeeper with a shot to send Jefferson to the title game.
- Sarah von Lange: 4 G, 1 A, 3 GB, 5 DC, 3 CT
- Lexi Patania: 2 G, 2 A, 2 GB, 1 DC
- Erin Eckert: 2 G, 1 A, 1 GB
- Camryn Sullivan: 2 G, 1 A
- Kanha Stockford: 1 G, 1 A
- Erin Campbell: 4 GB, 4 DC, 3 CT
- Kelsey Kaplowitz: 6 saves on 8 shots