MARS HILL, N.C. - - Delaney Steele converted a free position attempt with six seconds left in regulation to give the Wilmington University women's lacrosse its first win of the 2019 season, 13-12, at Mars Hills on Monday night at Meares Stadium.
Mars Hill (2-2) scored four straight goals to take a 10-7 lead with 16:53 left in the second half, but the Wildcats (1-3) fought back to tie the game, 11-11, with 7:09 left and even took a lead moments later.
The Lions ended the Wildcats' three-goal run and tied the game with 3:54 to play, but the Wildcats turned a turnover with under a minute to play into a golden scoring opportunity.
After a failed free position attempt for the Wildcats, the Lions scooped up the ground ball and successfully moved into the offensive zone. But Mars Hill turned the ball back over to Wilmington with 52 seconds left. The Wildcats got into the offensive zone and Delaney Steele got into an attacking position.
The free position attempt was tried with six seconds on the clock and Delaney Steele buried the shot for the 13-12 lead and the victory.
The Wildcats scored three straight goals in the first half to take a 5-2 lead but the Lions answered with three straight of their own to tie the game, 5-5. The game went into the halftime break tied, 6-6.
Taylor Lambeth scored the first goal of the second half for the Wildcats, but Mars Hill rattled off four straight goals to take a 10-7 lead. The Wildcats scored five of the next six goals, including three straight from Lambeth, Maris Allen, and Brooke Siebert to take a 12-11 lead with 5:26 left.
Delaney Steele led the Wildcats with four goals and two assists while Brooke Siebert and Maris Allen added three goals and one assist each. Taylor Lambeth chipped in with two goals and an assist while Alexis Miller added one goal.
The Wildcats led the Lions, 17-9, in draw controls for the game, getting 12 draws from Lashay Ross. She also led the team with six ground balls.
Tori Grubowksi earned her first win in goal in her collegiate career, making seven second half saves.
The Wildcats remain in the Carolinas for one more game, as they travel to Newberry for a contest on Wednesday. The game will start at 3:30 on Wednesday in Newberry, South Carolina.